may 2017, arsenal cinema

Márta Mészáros Retrospective

Márta Mészáros occupies a unique position in Hungarian film history. Born in 1931, she studied at the VGIK film school in Moscow and afterwards shot numerous documentaries, most of them shorts. In 1968, she made her feature debut with ELTÁVOZOTT NAP (The Girl), which was also the first Hungarian feature to be shot by a woman, thus introducing a defiantly female perspective to Hungarian and European filmmaking alike. The multi-award winning director, who also won the Berlinale's Golden Bear in 1975 for ADOPTION, is active to this day as a filmmaker. In her first features in particular, her cinematic style is marked by documentary realism and precise depictions of different milieus. She later moved towards a more opulent film language, often drawing on symbolic images while remaining faithful to her themes nonetheless. Women are always at the heart of her films – working women, as Márta Mészáros once emphasized in an interview – and their attempts to gain individual and social independence.

We are very happy to be able to show a selection of Márta Mészáros's most important films from May 13-30, following the tribute to her at the goEast-Filmfestival in Wiesbaden, and are opening the film series with ELTÁVOZOTT NAP accompanied by an introduction by Sabine Schöbel.

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.

may 2017, living archive

Living Archive News

We are very happy that 43 films and installations from the 12th Forum Expanded have entered the Arsenal archive, most of which are now in distribution.

Also new: The !K7 archive Subkultur Berlin 80. Rare video material featuring bands like Einstürzende Neubauten, Malaria or Nick Cave can now be researched at the Arsenal archive. The videos capture the nervous energy of Berlin’s legendary subculture of the 1980s. The newly digitized videos can be viewed at the Arsenal archive at silent green.

March '17
arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour: Excess and opulence

07:30 pm Cinema 2


La grande bellezza

La grande bellezza
Paolo Sorrentino Italy/France 2013
DCP OV/GeS 140 min

arsenal cinema: Helena Třeštíková retrospective

08:00 pm Cinema 1


Soukromý vesmír

Soukromý vesmír Private Universe Czech Republic 2012
DCP OV/EnS 86 min

Helena Třeštíková in person