march 2018, arsenal cinema

Splendid Isolation: Hong Kong Cinema 1949–1997

An exceptional cinematic movement of unrivaled creative force and imagination developed in post-war Hong Kong, which at the time was still a Crown colony. At the beginning, the industry latched onto Hollywood genre models but also to the pre-war cinema of Shanghai, producing adaptations of classical operas, modernist melodramas and popular martial arts films. These were the cornerstones of a unique and differentiated genre and star system that engendered screen legends from Linda Lin Dai to Chow Yun Fat. “Splendid Isolation” traces a line from the little-known early era of Hong Kong cinema, via the popular genre films and auteur works of the 1970s and ’80s that garnered great ac-claim at international festivals, to the offshoots of the 1990s, which became part of the broader Chinese film production after the colony’s handover in 1997. Though the cinema of the city state was associated through personal and institutional continuities with Chinese filmmaking of the pre-war era, until the 1970s it was as cut off from the Chinese mainland as it was from cinema markets outside of Asia. This gradually began to change with the international success of martial arts films and the first films of the New Wave at the end of the 1970s. Despite the efforts of certain distributors, the visually impressive films of the late 1980s and 90s could often only be seen at festivals in Germany and still await a comprehensive rediscovery. This program gives a unique insight into Hong Kong’s multi-faceted cinema, presenting the films from archives all over the world in their original 35-mm format. It includes classics as well as largely forgotten gems. We are particularly pleased to welcome Hong Kong star director Ann Hui. This programme is curated by The Canine Condition (Lukas Foerster, Nikolaus Perneczky, Fabian Tietke, Cecilia Valenti) in cooperation with Lorenzo Berardelli.

march 2018, arsenal cinema

Magical History Tour – 
Two become one

It is well known that most films are the result of a creative group process. March’s Magical History Tour focuses on the smallest possible community in the cinematic creation process: A creative team of two that often works closely together over years and decades to create a characteristic body of work which bears the mark of both members.

march 2018, transfer

Next Projection Room Tour on March 17

picture of projection room at Arsenal

What do 16mm, 35mm and 70mm actually mean? What is screen masking and what is it used for? How does a dissolve work? And what is actually happening when the image on the screen stops moving and begins to melt? If you’re interested in finding out how films get on to the screen, Arsenal would like to invite you to take a peek behind the scenes on one of our projection room tours. Our projectionist Bodo Pagels will show you round the projection room, tell you all about film formats, projectors and projection techniques, demonstrate how films are fed into the projector and provide a full introduction to the secrets of film projection. He will also be happy to answer any questions you might have about the cinema set-up and will adapt the tour to your wishes and interests as far as possible. The next scheduled tour will take place on Saturday March 17, at 4pm. Please register in advance. 

february 2018, on tour

New Arsenal Edition DVD – Specters of Freedom: Cinema and Decolonization

Arsenal Edition is releasing its 12th DVD in March, the compilation “Specters of Freedom: Cinema and Decolonization” which comprises four films from Arsenal’s collection: MONANGAMBEEE (Sarah Maldoror, 1969), MUEDA; MEMÒRIA E MASSACRE (Ruy Guerra, 1979), LA ZERDA ET LES CHANTS DE L’OUBLI (Assia Djebar, 1982) and REASSEMBLAGE (Trinh T. Minh-ha, 1982), as well as two milestones of Mozambican cinema, ESTAS SÃO AS ARMAS (Murilo Salles, 1978) and DEIXEM-ME AO MENOS SUBIR ÀS PALMEIRAS (Joaquim L. Barbosa, 1972). It is the first time that these will be available on DVD. The edition is pertinent today, as a multi-faceted contribution to the aesthetics of resistance against colonial violence. The Goethe Institute has supported the release, on which Filmgalerie 451 cooperated.

We will show the films by Assia Djebar and Joaquim L. Barbosa at the DVD presentation on March 2nd.

arsenal cinema: Splendid Isolation: Hong Kong Cinema 1949–1997

07:00 pm Cinema 1

Tin joek jau ching

Tin joek jau ching A Moment of Romance
Benny Chan 1990 With Andy Lau, Jacklyn Wu, Ng Man Tat
35 mm OV/EnS 88 min
Courtesy of Media Asia International Distribution Limited

Introduced by Fabian Tietke
arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour – 
Two become one

08:00 pm Cinema 2

Baisers volés

Baisers volés Stolen Kisses François Truffaut France 1968
With Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claude Jade, Delphine Seyrig
35 mm OV/EnS 90 min

arsenal cinema: Splendid Isolation: Hong Kong Cinema 1949–1997

09:00 pm Cinema 1

Xia dao Gao Fei

Xia dao Gao Fei Full Contact Ringo Lam
1992 With Chow Yun Fat, Anthony Wong, Simon Yam
35 mm OV/EnS 104 min