March 2013

New in Distribution: Berlinale award-winning films

Stills from Helio Oiticica and Art/violence

HÉLIO OITICICA

ART/VIOLENCE

We are very glad to welcome into arsenal distribution’s range HÉLIO OITICICA (Brazil, 2012) which won both this year’s Caligari Film Prize and the FIPRESCI Award, as well as ART/VIOLENCE (Palestinian Territories/USA, 2013), the winner of the Cinema fairbindet development award. Both films will be released in autumn. From this year’s Forum and Forum Expanded program – shown recently in the scope of the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival – the following films are already available via arsenal distribution: LUNCH WITH GERTRUDE STEIN (Isabelle Prim, France 2012), ONCE EVERY DAY (Richard Foreman, USA 2012), ROTATION (Ginan Seidl, Clara Wieck, Germany 2012), NOT BLACKING OUT JUST TURNING THE LIGHTS OFF (James Richards, United Kingdom 2012) and BÜHNE (Daniel Kötter, Germany 2012).

Cesar Oiticia Filho’s found footage documentary is about his uncle Hélio Oiticica (1937 – 1980), one of the most significant Brazilian artists of the 20th century. The director does not use any commentary or interviews; instead Oiticica speaks for himself in film and sound material from the archives. The images are spliced together in rhythmic fashion. They not only illustrate the artist’s words but also place them in new contexts and transcend them. This is a daring, complex portrait of an artist whose work and life (homosexuality and drugs included) shape and transform each other. This year, the Cinema fairbindet film prize, awarded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, went to

ART/VIOLENCE(Palestinian Territories/USA, 2013) by Udi Aloni, Batoul Taleb and Miriam Abu-Khaled in the Panorama category. It is about the Freedom Theater in the Jenin Refugee Camp in the West Bank, which offers young people a space to develop their artistic resistance to oppression and the Israeli occupation. The theater’s founder, Juliano Mer-Khamis, a Jewish-Palestinian actor, director and peace activist, was murdered in 2011. Inspired by the heroes of world literature, the director Udi Aloni and the Palestinian actresses Batoul Taleb and Miriam Abu-Khaled follow in his footsteps.