august 2017, arsenal cinema

The Cinema of Med Hondo

"Cours, cours, camarade, le vieux monde est derrière toi (Run, comrade, the old world is after you)" is the title of this program, which stems from one of the slogans of the French '68 movement. This slogan found its way in turn into SOLEIL Ô (1969), probably the most well known film by Med Hondo, the avant-garde filmmaker, actor, and voiceover artist who was born in Mauretania and has been living in the Paris banlieue for more than 50 years now.

In his lengthy career as an independent filmmaker, Med Hondo hasn't just made films that reveal the political topicality of African and diaspora history and dared to make artistic breakthroughs in the process. He has also succeeded in setting cinema itself in motion and developing alternatives to European and American production and distribution structures. The film program of the exhibition and film project "Cours, cours, camarade, le vieux monde est derrière toi" curated by Enoka Ayemba, Marie-Hélène Gutberlet, and Brigitta Kuster is aimed at the vanishing point which speaks forth from Med Hondo's films against social encrustation and ignorance towards everyday racism.

august 2017, transfer

Analog Workshop

The more we are dedicated to preserving, rediscovering, and revitalizing archival films, the more we have to make sure that there is enough competence in dealing with analog film material in the future.

For this reason we are offering a six-day analog workshop for the first time from August 18-23. Arsenal members and partners will accompany the participants through the entire process: from producing a 16mm film, to digitizing it, then on to projecting it in the cinema, with added insights into archiving and caring for prints. The last day will involve a tour of the archive.

The workshop will delve into the various working areas, covering the basics with equal parts theory and practice. Starting in 2019 the Arsenal will be offering extended workshops in the specific areas.

august 2017, transfer

Arsenal Summer School: Curating the Archive

This year's Summer School takes place from August 24-26 at silent green Kulturquartier and the Arsenal cinema. Entitled "ONE PLUS ONE. Curating the Archive", it is focussing on questions of digitizing, restoring, and long-term archiving which are currently topics of great concern for the Arsenal.

Time is running short, since analog films are already threatened with disintegration, and the costs are so great that as a rule financing first has to be found for every effort. Despite the pressure to act quickly, we should not overlook that collective memory also contributes to how we engage with film history in the long term. Films live on in the memories of those who have seen them. The way that a film gets burned into memory is closely linked with the conditions of its reception. When, how, and under what conditions was a film seen? What other films or film events framed the screening?

One Plus One: The Summer School 2017 assumes that an archival film can only have significance in relation to the present, and cannot be remembered separately from the concrete situation of its presentation. The contributions and workshops are about the practice of curating. How do I create spaces for perceiving archival films, in which film history can become an experience of the present? How can exhibition and screening practice contribute to the formation of memory and thus to the processes of archiving?

august 2017, arsenal cinema

Andrei Tarkovsky Retrospective

The summer Tarkovsky retrospective is a tradition that has grown dear both to us and our audiences for more than 25 years now. In August, we are showing the seven feature films and one mid-length graduation film by Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky (1932–1986), whose monumental oeuvre exudes a lasting fascination.

august 2017, arsenal cinema

Magical History Tour – Manifestos and Pamphlets 

Flaming manifestos, trailblazing texts, and dynamic blueprints for the future are at the heart of the Magical History Tour in August. All these writings revolve around nothing less than a fundamental renewal or a liberation of cinema from restraints and conventions of a commercial, aesthetic, narrative or political nature, about proclaiming a new form of cinema that formulates clear political and artistic positions. Each of the selected manifestos has a film placed alongside it, which is either a cinema "adaptation" of the text or is mentioned within the text and is usually written by the author in question.

February '17
arsenal cinema: 47. Forum

47. Forum /67. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin

47. Forum /67. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin