Argentinian filmmaker Matías Piñeiro (*1982) is one of the most promising talents in contemporary cinema. While his films regularly receive attention and acclaim at the major international film festivals, they have yet to be screened here in Germany at all, with the exception of VIOLA, which was shown at the Berlinale Forum in 2013. With this in mind, Arsenal is now presenting a short retrospective of Piñeiro’s five features and two shorts from 2007 to 2016. We are very happy that Matías Piñeiro will be our guest at Arsenal on the opening weekend thanks to the support of the Embassy of Argentina. In addition to the Q&As following the screenings, a studio discussion with Piñeiro moderated by filmmakers Christoph Hochhäusler and Nicolas Wackerbarth takes place on May 6th as part of the "Revolver Live" series.
Screenwriter, cinematographer, director of documentaries and features: Koszałka is one of the most versatile filmmaking talents in contemporary Polish cinema. Since his serious, unflinching documentary debut TAKIEGO PIĘKNEGO SYNA URODZIŁAM (Such a Nice Boy I Gave Birth To, Poland 1999), one key focus of his film work has been extreme situations whether physical or mental, fictional or real, which he always approaches with new forms of cinematic expression as both a director and cameraman and thus constantly takes the boundaries of what can be represented as his theme.
Six of his films can be seen at Arsenal from May 6-9 with some of them being presented by Koszałka personally.
In May, we are dedicating the Magical History Tour to the subject of voice, language and speech in cinema. The powerful role played by the voice in film does not just become apparent due to acoustic characteristics, the timbre of the actors’ voices, and their seeming harmony with the film image, but also makes itself particularly felt when both voice and language stand in contrast to such images or diverge from them. It is this type of formal tension that represents the underlying idea and starting point for the plots of many of the films we are presenting in May. Yet we also want to demonstrate linguistic playfulness, the sheer desire to speak, excessive use of the voice, particular stylization techniques, and the conflict between different registers and styles of speech using a range of different film examples. By deliberating moving away from standardized patterns of speech and by creating new linguistic and vocal landscapes, these films do not just reveal new opportunities for identification and create new axes of meaning, but also mark verbalism as an independent means of artistic impression, which goes far beyond its function as the vehicle for a particular text.
You Can't Take It With You USA 1938
With James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold, Lionel Barrymore
35 mm OV/GeS 127 min
Preserved by the Library of Congress
*La chasse aux papillons Chasing Butterflies
Otar Iosseliani France/Gemany/Italy 1992
35 mm OV/GeS 115 min
Pickpocket Robert Bresson
France 1959 35 mm OV/EnS 76 min