In France, she's a star. Yet here in Germany, only very few people know Isild Le Besco (*1982). This is despite the fact that she's not just one of the most sought after young actors in contemporary French cinema, she's also one of its most radical filmmakers. None of her own films and very few of those in which she’s acted have received a regular cinema release in Germany, despite their having being shown at the Cannes, Venice, and Locarno festivals. Arsenal is now dedicating a program to the multi-talented Isild Le Besco. From Oktober 18 - 31 we are showing her three feature-length films alongside a selection of her works as an actor. We are very happy that the filmmaker, actress and screenwriter will be our guest at the opening.
Gangsters, corruption and dodgy dealings but also solitude, isolation and emptiness are the watchwords for the epoch- and genre-straddling overview of cinematic no man's lands and seedy underbellies we are presenting in October's Magical History Tour. The series maps out a diverse mix of different universes, each with their own specific aesthetic and dramatic topography. What unites them is how they show that the parameters of social coexistence or human relationships have come apart at the seams and give an impression of just how wafer-thin the boundary between the centre and the periphery can often be.
7-year anniversary: just like every year, silent film expert Vaginal Davis celebrates her RSFS anniversary with an hommage to actress Louise Brooks. This time round, on October 26, she presents PRIX DE BEAUTÉ (France 1930) by Augusto Genina, which was shot as a silent film and finished as a sound film. Louise Brooks plays a shorthand typist who wins a beauty content and becomes a celebrated actress. In the final scene of the film, she is shot dead under her own film image. Eunice Martins provides a live piano accompaniment for the silent version.
arsenal distribution is releasing BUTTER ON THE LATCH and THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY by Josephine Decker, both of which premiered in this year's Forum programme and have been received enthusiastically.
In the sinister folktale BUTTER ON THE LATCH Sarah reunites with her old friend Isolde at a Balkan folk Camp. She meets a handsome guy but while she makes her advances, obscure feelings begin to disrupt her behavior. In THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY Akin arrives at his new job as a farm hand to discover the erotically charged young Sarah, whose fascination with nature takes on an ominous bent when her father catches Akin in a lie – and forces him to reckon with it. Both films open October 16.
Det sjunde inseglet The Seventh Seal Ingmar Bergman
Sweden 1957 With Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson
DCP OV/GeS 96 min
Roberto Succo Cédric Kahn
35 mm OV/GeS 124 min