Introducing: Berlin Art Film Festival

berlin art film festival
poster designed by Marion Habringer (www.marionhabringer.com)

It was a mellow summer afternoon at the Stil in Berlin office when Mary Scherpe said something pretty much out of the blue: “Why don’t we do a film festival?” It wasn’t like I always had that in mind anyways plus I wouldn’t have suggested it by myself and so I just smiled with joy at the idea and Mary’s great suggestion. But what to show? My first idea was to link a festival to my weekly film column “Discover This” on Stil in Berlin and therfore to organize a re-run of all these films. But then a much better idea struck me as I browsed through the blog and thought about what it actually represents…



Stil in Berlin
, I thought, does something that isn’t really so much talked about: I creates new images of the city, discovers places and finds new exciting things. And it all looks pretty good because Mary Scherpe is a pretty fantastic photographer (look at her food posts and tell me you don’t get the munchies right away!). In a nutshell: We decided to make this festival about new and unusual and exciting and daring cinematic images about Berlin and came up with a pretty brazen programme for you guys. And yes, you guessed it: all films (if they are not speaking English anyways) provide English subtitles.

NAN GOLDIN - I REMEMBER YOUR FACE, closing film, Sunday, 07.12. 20 Uhr  (c) Medea Film/ Irene Höfer
NAN GOLDIN – I REMEMBER YOUR FACE, closing film, Sunday, 07.12. 20:00 (c) Medea Film/ Irene Höfer

The next couple of months were pretty harsh to be honest: A sponsor pulled out last minute and of course there was no last-minute funding available (and there won’t be for next year either, as I was shockingly told). So what to do? Do it anyways, pay the costs from my own pocket and hope for the revenues of ticket sales to make up for it is the answer.  So here we are, with a group of people who have been working hard so that the BERLIN ART FILM FESTIVAL actually looks pretty sweet already; Marion Habringer made an amazing poster, Benjamin Mossop a beautiful homepage and Alexander Lehnert started to do press work.

ASTA UPSET/ ICH WILL MICH NICHT KÜNSTLICH AUFREGEN, opening film Thursday, 04.12. at 19:30 (c) arsenal distribution
ASTA UPSET/ ICH WILL MICH NICHT KÜNSTLICH AUFREGEN, opening film Thursday, 04.12. at 19:30 (c) arsenal distribution

So what will you expect? 34 Films. 4 days (starting Thursday, 04.12.), 2 panels, 2 parties, one cinema (Fsk am Oranienplatz) and many filmmakers in the flesh to discuss their films with us. In the next couple of days we will post more detailed descriptions of the films and their stories, but for now you can read a lot online already on the homepage and “like” the BERLIN ART FILM FESTIVAL on Facebook to browse through all news… But enough about the teasing: We are opening Thursday night (04.12., 19:30) with two pretty mind-blowing and very ironic films about the Berlin art scene. Greek expat and film artist Télemachos Alexiou (who also edited the trailer) will introduce his funny and beautifully shot short film AN INTERVIEW WITH AN ARTIST in which film professor and curator Marc Siegel plays an artist who is really more concerned about which underwear to put on than saying anything substantial about his work.

AN INTERVIEW WITH AN ARTIST, opening short, Thursday 04.12. 19:30 (c) arsenal distribution
AN INTERVIEW WITH AN ARTIST, opening short, Thursday 04.12. 19:30 (c) arsenal distribution

The film is followed by a pretty daring masterpiece that already made some buzz at this year’s Berlinale: ASTA UPSET (ICH WILL MICH NICHT KÜNSTLICH AUFREGEN) is a unique take on the unusual life of a young curator (a fabulously detached and ethereal performance by Sarah Ralfs) who goes from Brecht yoga to start-up projects to protesting gentrification to making her mother have a word with the Bundespräsident. Max Linz’ very unusual cinematic ride exemplifies what the films of the festival stand for – unique and unconventional perspectives not only on Berlin, but on cinema in general.

bONIKING bERLIN bASTARDS, Friday 05.12., 0:00 (c)   Cazzo Films
bONIKING bERLIN bASTARDS, Friday 05.12., midnight (c) Cazzo Films

Want some more tips right now? Okay, our closing film is a brand new documentary about Nan Goldin (NAN GOLDIN – I REMEMBER YOUR FACE, 07.12., 20:00) who -as you will know- has a very special connection to the city. Sexy festival patron Clemens Schick was one of her models once and tells us how they met and what Nan Goldin originally wanted from him.

And of course, there will be porn as promised – more about that later – but make sure to be at the Fsk Friday at midnight for some vodka shots, some performances and the amazing film bONKING bERLIN bASTARDS.

Some words can’t be translated into English and one of them is “Vorfreude”. It describes what we are feeling at the moment: A lot of joy anticipating the four days ahead of us and celebrating some amazing films about Berlin with you!

Find all infos and the full programme on the homepage: http://berlinartfilmfestival.de/

Find the BERLIN ART FILM FESTIVAL on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/berlinartfilmfestival

BERLIN ART FILM FESTIVAL
04.-07.12.2014
venue: Fsk am Oranienplatz
tickets: 7,50 Euro
festival pass: 70 Euros

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