april 2019, arsenal cinema

Life at Any Price –
 Bo Widerberg Retrospective

Passionate rebellion and his desperate need to tell stories at any cost brought him to film, realizing his vision of a cinema combining social engagement and romantic devotion in his 13 features, shaping, examining, and celebrating humankind’s struggle for a dignified, self-determined life in great images of tremendous clarity: Swedish filmmaker Bo Widerberg (1930–1997) left behind a shimmering, multi-faceted oeuvre and was already regarded as one of the most important Swedish directors alongside Ingmar Bergman and Victor Sjöström in his lifetime. Unlike them, however, his work is hardly known outside his home country.

april 2019, arsenal cinema

Magical History Tour: Clothes in Motion – Costumes, Styles and Fashion in Film

White suits, red shoes, black coasts, dark sunglasses – there is many a piece of clothing or accessory to be found over the course of film history that seems to encapsulate an entire film, even outside of its immediate context. Yet even before costumes attain this iconic status, they tell stories within the film, give their wearers new life, conceal hidden depths, create atmospheres, and leave their mark on the look, texture, and often even the soundtrack of films. The dramatic, narrative, and psychological function of costumes in film is undisputed, as is their influence on the zeitgeists, fashion trends, and styles which they call into existence, play a role in, and launch. The Magical History Tour invites audiences to take a look into the studios of international costume-makers, fashion designers and artists from seven decades.

april 2019, arsenal cinema

10th ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin

From April 3 to 10, the 10th Arab Film Festival Berlin – ALFILM will be presenting artistically ambitious cinema comprising a selection of current features and documentaries together with shorts and animated works. The films move back and forth between Europe and the Arab World, reflecting on the individual fates of people who live on the margins of society or whose lives have been marked by historical upheaval. Many of the works pose questions about community and change, a blessing and a curse in equal measure.

The ALFILM Shorts explore stories of people at turning points, the experimental short films of “lab/p 3 – poetry in motion” were created in collaboration between German and Egyptian directors and poets.