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: 50 years of dffb

06:30 pm Cinema 1

Erfinden / Widerlegen


Das Blaue vom Himmel

*Erfinden / Widerlegen Stephan Settele FRG 1989 16 mm 32 min
*Mise-en-scène José van der Schoot Germany 1991 16 mm 35 min
*Das Blaue vom Himmel Matl Findel Germany 1992 16 mm 21 min

Stephan Settele and Matl Findel in person
arsenal cinema: Filmspotting: Exploring the Deutsche Kinemathek Film Archive

07:00 pm Cinema 2

Ein Arbeiterclub in Sheffield


Drei von vielen

*Ein Arbeiterclub in Sheffield Peter Nestler FRG 1965 Blu-ray 41 min
*Wäscherinnen Jürgen Böttcher GDR 1972 DCP 23 min
*Drei von vielen Jürgen Böttcher GDR 1961 DCP 33 min

arsenal cinema: 50 years of dffb

08:30 pm Cinema 1

Cultural Nationalism

Merry Christmas Deutschland oder Vorlesung zur Geschichtstheorie II

Tiroler Heldengedenk 84

Ein Gespenst geht um in Europa

*Cultural Nationalism Skip Norman FRG 1968 16 mm 11 min
*Merry Christmas Deutschland oder Vorlesung zur Geschichtstheorie II
Raoul Peck FRG 1985 16 mm 19 min
*Tiroler Heldengedenk 84 Wolfram Kohler FRG 1985 16 mm 22 min
Ein Gespenst geht um in Europa Julian Radlmaier Germany 2012 DCP 46 min

Julian Radlmaier in person