september 2017, arsenal cinema

Harun Farocki: Year by Year / Side by Side (1)

Three years after Harun Farocki's sudden death, "Year by Year / Side by Side" is the most comprehensive retrospective of his work, which spanned almost 50 years.

Alongside the exhibition "Harun Farocki: Mit anderen Mitteln – By Other Means" (curated by Antje Ehmann and Carlos Guerra) at the neuer berliner kunstverein, the temporary "Farocki Now" academy organized by the Harun Farocki Institut at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the silent green Kulturquartier and the publication of his incomplete autobiography, the program running from mid September until November will give audiences a chance to become acquainted, or reacquainted, with Farocki's oeuvre and all its nuances.

september 2017, arsenal cinema

Anatomy of loneliness – The Films of Tsai Ming-liang

If one wanted to define cinema, one might say that it is a manifestation of desire, an attempt to capture inexplicably beautiful, fleeting moments. Motifs of the "perverse" also have a firm place, at the very least since the Surrealists broke all the rules with such relish. For 25 years, the Taiwan-based director Tsai Ming-liang has explored the appeal of apocalyptic panoramas of society and developed his version of desolate eroticism. The sheer imagery with which he depicts alienation, isolation and world weariness (with Liao Pen-jung as cameraman in almost all of his films) also serves a very unique sense of humor. In Tsai's skeptical take on the torments of love and family tensions blaze a - sometimes seemingly curious and discreet - longing for the grotesque and the breaching of taboos. He keeps his narratives simple, sometimes very fragmentary, to allow them as advanced a form as possible.

In September, Arsenal is paying tribute to the multi-award-winning auteur with a retrospective compiled of 12 feature films made between 1992 and 2015.

september 2017, arsenal cinema

Magical History Tour – 
Close-up: The Face

Faces look at you — everywhere! Visual communication would lack a pivotal element without the representation of human physiognomy. The development of the depiction of facial images in the 20th century would be inconceivable without cinema and the possibilities of close-up. The versatility of the filmic depiction of the face — from the perfectly lit, subjectivizing, and identity-shaping shots of a star's gaze to the de-individualized motif "face" - is the focus of the Magical History Tour in September.

september 2017, berlinale forum

Cinema Release "In the Last Days of the City"

On September 7, arsenal distribution is releasing IN THE LAST DAYS OF THE CITY (AKHER AYAM EL MADINA) by Tamer El Said in collaboration with Wolf. The film, which received its world premiere in the 2016 Forum programme and won the Caligari award, has been playing at numerous international film festivals since. It tells of Khalid who wanders through Cairo in search of ideas for a film, as the city and his private life seem to be falling apart in equal measure. Memories of better times and conversations with friends intertwine in this homage to a metropolis on the brink.

 

March '17
arsenal cinema: 50 years of dffb

06:30 pm Cinema 1


Umweg

Schweigend ins Gespräch vertieft

Gala

Okiana

*Umweg Ute Aurand, Ulrike Pfeiffer FRG 1982 16 mm 13 min
*Schweigend ins Gespräch vertieft Ute Aurand FRG 1980 16 mm 7 min
*Gala Ulrike Pfeiffer FRG 1983 16 mm 20 min
*Okiana Ute Aurand, Ulrike Pfeiffer FRG 1983 16 mm 31 min

Ute Aurand and Ulrike Pfeiffer in person
arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour: Excess and opulence

07:30 pm Cinema 2


Iwan Grosnyi II

*Iwan Grosnyi II Ivan Grozniy part 2
Sergei M. Eisenstein USSR 1943–46/1958
35 mm OV/GeS 85 min

arsenal cinema: 50 years of dffb

08:30 pm Cinema 1


Mamma Hemmers geht mit ihrem Pastor zum letzten Mal über'n Heinrichplatz: Kreuzberg adiö

Oder was sonst noch geschah

Mamma Hemmers geht mit ihrem Pastor zum letzten Mal über'n Heinrichplatz: Kreuzberg adiö Rosi S.M. FRG 1981 16 mm 8 min
*Oder was sonst noch geschah Lilly Grote FRG 1982 16 mm 65 min

Lilly Grote in person