December 2017, arsenal cinema

Filmmakers' Choice


When mermaids circle the night and dreams become more intense: 21.12. Le jour le plus court. The winter solstice. International Short Film Day. A celebration of the short form - both here and worldwide. Today, the night still stands over the day. In three days, there will be a white Christmas (WHITE CHRISTMAS, Harun Farocki, 1968). Sometimes I wish I could summon a family of goblins to my bed – God (THE VOICE OF GOD, Bernd Lützeler, 2012) knocks at the door. A triad can be heard. The miracle (LA REPRISE DU TRAVAIL AUX USINES WONDER, 1968) leads us through the night, which tells of mermaids (THE NATURAL LIFE OF MERMAIDS, Isabell Spengler, 2004). The jungle takes over the role of director - casting light (LIGHTS, Mary Menken, 1964) on shadow (SCHATTENFILM – DIE FRAU MIT DEN ZWEI KÖPFEN, Shuji Terayama, 1977). At the end of the evening, an ephemeral structure has been created, an imaginary conversation between ideas and the long past. (mmh) (21.12., presented by Maike Mia Höhne)



arsenal cinema: Filmmakers' Choice

07:00 pm Cinema 2

Rhythm in Light

Kage no eiga – nito onna

The Natural Life of Mermaids

Wayward Fronds

The Voice of God

God Respects Us When We Work, But Loves Us When We Dance

La reprise du travail aux usines Wonder

White Christmas


*Rhythm in Light Mary Ellen Bute USA 1934–37 16 mm without dialogue 5 min
*Kage no eiga – nito onna Terayama Shuji Japan 1977 16 mm without dialogue 16 min
*The Natural Life of Mermaids Isabell Spengler USA 2004 Digital file OV 10 min
*Wayward Fronds Fern Silva USA 2014 DCP OV 14 min
*The Voice of God Bernd Lützeler India/Germany 2011 35 mm engl. OV 10 min
*God Respects Us When We Work, But Loves Us When We Dance
Les Blank USA 1968 16 mm OV 20 min
*La reprise du travail aux usines Wonder
États généraux du cinéma F 1968 16 mm OV/GeS 10 min
*White Christmas Harun Farocki FRG 1968 16 mm 3 min
*Lights Marie Menken USA 1965 16 mm without dialogue6 min

Presented by Maike Mia Höhne
arsenal cinema: Ernst Lubitsch Retrospective

08:00 pm Cinema 1


*Desire Frank Borzage
USA 1936 With Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper
35 mm OV/GeS 96 min