June 2012, arsenal cinema

German premiere: ALPI

ALPI, 2011

DCP is not only a new format for cinema films but also a new medium in visual art. We present the German premiere of Armin Linke's ALPI(2011), the result of seven years of research about perceptions of the landscape of the Alps and a journey which took in the eight bordering nations, and even Dubai. The film does not depict the Alps from the point of view of alpine romanticism nor as a source of nature, but firmly grounds them in today's Europe as a hotbed of modernity and its illusions. It is no coincidence that Armin Linke shot the film in analogue 16mm and then transferred it to the DCP format.

"Going to the Alps? Thinking of trekking outdoors? Dreaming of skiing in Switzerland? Watch Armin Linke′s film first. Beware. You will always be inside, deep inside laboratories, factories, ski resorts, or Swiss bunkers hidden in the mountains. Armin Linke has succeeded in doing with film what he has been doing for years with photography: situate the envelopes inside which our existence unfolds. This is the most uncritical film ever made about the utter artificiality of the modern world. But "uncritical" has to be taken just as positively as "artificial." (Bruno Latour, 2011)

Based on a research project of Piero Zanini, Renato Rinaldi and Armin Linke.

We are pleased to welcome Armin Linke, as well as the writer and curator Doreen Mende, to the premiere. (17.6.)

arsenal cinema: Arab Shorts

07:00 pm Cinema 1

Rice City

Tarahi II

Giza Zoo

Short Wave / Long Wave

My Father Looks for an Honest City

80 Million

Images of a Center

Program 2011 – Maha Maamoun and Sara Rifky: A State of Fluidity

Rice City Sherif El Azma Egypt 2010 OV 19 min

Tarahi II Haris Epaminonda Cyprus 2006 OV 4 min

Giza Zoo Solmaz Shahbazi Germany 2010 OV 6 min

Short Wave / Long Wave Vartan Avakian Lebanon 2009 OV/EnS 7 min

My Father Looks for an Honest City Basim Magdy Egypt 2010 OV 5 min

80 Million Eslam Zeen El Abedeen, Mohamed Zayan Egypt 2009 OV 5 min

Images of a Center Iman Issa Egypt 2005 OV 5 min

DVD / Blue ray

Maha Maamoun, Solmaz Shahbazi in person
arsenal cinema: Working Environments in Film

08:00 pm Cinema 2


Yella Christian Petzold Germany 2007 35 mm GV 89 min

Followed by a discussion with Christian Petzold
arsenal cinema: Arab Shorts

09:00 pm Cinema 1

No Title – Excerpts From Super 8mm Films From the Family Archive

Tokyo Tonight


Linge sur terrasse (Linen On Terrace)

Telematch Shelter

Two Sides of One Piece

Shadow Sites I

Program 2010 – Ala Younis: To Know the Arab Terrain:

Movements To, From, and Within

No Title – Excerpts From Super 8mm Films From the Family Archive

Mufid Younis Jordan/Kuwait 1978–1980 OV 2 min

Tokyo Tonight Ziad Antar Lebanon 2003 OV 3 min

Vacuum Adel Abidin Iraq/Finland 2006 OV 9 min

Linge sur terrasse (Linen On Terrace) Fadma Kaddouri

Morocco/France 2007 OV 3 min

Telematch Shelter Wael Shawky Egypt 2008 OV 4 min

Two Sides of One Piece Mohssin Harraki Morocco/France 2010 OV 2 min

Shadow Sites I Jananne Al-Ani Iraq/Jordan/UK 2010 OV 15 min

DVD / Blue-ray

Ala Younis in person