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

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