may 2017, arsenal cinema

The DEFA Foundation Presents

may 2017, arsenal cinema

Roles and Plays – The Films of Matías Piñeiro

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.

may 2017, arsenal cinema

filmPolska - The Art of the Camera: Marcin Koszałka

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.

may 2017, arsenal cinema

Magical History Tour – The Voice, Language and Speaking in Film

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.

January '17
arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour
: Of Forms and Figures – Choreography in Film

07:30 pm Cinema 2


*Senso Luchino Visconti
Italy 1954 With Alida Valli, Farley Granger
35 mm OV/GeS 119 min

arsenal cinema: Symphonies of Everyday Life – The Films of Kenneth Lonergan

08:00 pm Cinema 1


Margaret USA 2011
DCP OV 186 min