march 2017, arsenal cinema

8. ALFILM Arab Film Festival Berlin

The 8th edition of ALFILM is presenting artistically demanding cinema from the Arab world between 31st March and 7th April, with feature and documentary films that depict new perspectives on societal challenges but also pose questions with regard to identity and personal fulfillment.

The opening film is RABIH (Tramontane, Vatche Boulghourjian, Lebanon/France/Qatar/UAE 2016, guest: Vatche Boulghourjian & composer Cynthia Zaven): Rabih is a blind and talented musician and singer who lives in a village in Lebanon. When his chorus is invited to perform abroad, he applies for a passport. He finds out that his papers are false and his identity is not what his family had led him to believe. He travels across the country to find out more about his background, but instead of finding answers he encounters more mysteries. His search takes him to the peripheries of Lebanon, to the ghosts of the past.

march 2017, arsenal cinema

50 years of dffb

Film academies are not only places where students train but places where productions emerge. Since the dffb's establishment on 17th September 1966, thousands of films have been made - long and short, documentary, fiction and experimental. From March 20-30, we are showing a selection to celebrate 50 years, from the beginnings to the present.

In view of the quantity of productions, such a retrospective cannot make any claims as to representativeness. It also seems to make little sense to concentrate on graduates who are known and already prominent in daily cinema life. Instead, this is an invitation to discover aspects of filmmaking at the dffb that have remained hidden and yet are undoubtedly important components of German film and television history.

march 2017, arsenal cinema

Magical History Tour: Excess and opulence

We are focusing on grand gestures for this month's Magical History Tour - on films located in the space between excess and opulence, whose exuberance is manifested either by the director's unlimited personal involvement or by an unfettered artistic vision. However, opulence and excess are by no means an end in themselves, but instead represent the expression of a desire for change asserting itself against manifold constraints and obstacles. Our program features films that are committed to absolute realism alongside ones that find their appropriate form in extreme stylization.

March '17
arsenal cinema: 50 years of dffb

06:30 pm Cinema 1


Berlin

Linie 8

Am Rand

Uh, It's Great Here!

*Berlin Irena Vrkljan FRG 1969 16 mm 33 min
*Linie 8 Irina Hoppe FRG 1983 16 mm 31 min
*Am Rand Thomas Arslan Germany 1990 16 mm 26 min
Uh, It's Great Here! Jan Bachmann Germany 2011 Digital file 24 min

arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour: Excess and opulence

07:30 pm Cinema 2


Iwan Grosnyi I

*Iwan Grosnyi I Ivan Grozniy part 1
Sergei M. Eisenstein USSR 1943–45
35 mm OV/GeS 99 min

arsenal cinema: 50 years of dffb

09:00 pm Cinema 1


Ihr und eure Welt

Das Glück meiner Schwester

Ihr und eure Welt Janin Halisch Germany 2014 DCP 15 min
*Das Glück meiner Schwester Angela Schanelec Germany 1995
35 mm 85 min

Angela Schanelec in person