January 2019, arsenal cinema

FilmDocument: Take a camera and give freedom a meaning - amateur film in the GDR

IST DER OFEN AUS?, 1987

Amateur filmmaking was an important element of organized recreational activity in the GDR. Filmmakers were subjected to the state funding system and regulations, but were still able to create free spaces for themselves. Over 10,000 films were made and they now offer an insight into East German society. To accompany the publication of Ralf Forster’s new book (etk München), we will present works from a significant East Berlin studio, the amateur film club AFC Energie. Between 1972 and 1990, the group formed by Rainer Hässelbarth made films about work safety but also satires, looking critically at Berlin energy companies (IST DER OFEN AUS?) and positioning themselves in the struggle for peace. They also fostered friendships with Czech studios, making films about their joint past (KRUPKA – NUR EINE STADT?). (rf)
A CineGraph Babelsberg event in cooperation with Filmmuseum Potsdam. (29.1.)

arsenal cinema: Youssef Chahine Again and Forever – A retrospective

07:00 pm Cinema 1


Sayyidat al-Qitar

Sayyidat al-Qitar Lady on a Train
Egypt 1953 WIth Leila Mourad, Yehia Chahine
DCP OV/EnS 100 min

arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour: 
Music, sounds & noises – Sound in Cinema

08:00 pm Cinema 2


The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker
Kathryn Bigelow USA 2008
With Jeremy Renner 35 mm OV/GeS 131 min

arsenal cinema: Youssef Chahine Again and Forever – A retrospective

09:00 pm Cinema 1


Bab al-Hadid

*Bab al-Hadid Cairo Station Egypt 1958
With Youssef Chahine, Hind Rostom
35 mm OV/EnS 76 min