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: The Face as an Event

07:00 pm Cinema 2

Historia Naturae (Suita)

Moznosti dialogu

Do Pivnice

Konec stalinismu v Cechách


Bizarre facial transformations in the short films of Jan Švankmajer

Historia Naturae (Suita) Jan Švankmajer Czechoslovakia 1967 35 mm without dialogue 9 min

Moznosti dialogu Dimensions of Dialogue Jan Švankmajer Czechoslovakia 1982 35 mm OV/EnS 11 min

Do Pivnice Down to the Cellar Jan Švankmajer Czechoslovakia 1983 35 mm without dialogue 15 min

Konec stalinismu v Cechách The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia

Jan Švankmajer Czechoslovakia 1990 35 mm without dialogue 10 min

Jídlo Food Jan Švankmajer Czech Republic /UK 1992 35 mm without dialogue 16 min

and other films

Introduced by Judith Elisabeth Weiss (ZfL)
arsenal cinema: Arab Shorts

07:00 pm Cinema 1

The Battleship (Abdelkrim's Battleship)


One in a Million

Suspended Freedom

Before Vanishing

Tandid – Condemnations

Long Night of Arab Shorts: Every Day Life and a Call for Freedom

The Battleship (Abdelkrim's Battleship) Walid Mattar Tunisia 2003 OV/EnS 8 min

Karim Omar El Shamy Egypt 2011 OV 12 min

One in a Million Nadine Khan Egypt 2006 OV/EnS 12 min

Suspended Freedom May El Hossamy Egypt 2011 OV 11 min

Before Vanishing Joude Gorani France/Syria 2005 OF 13 min

Tandid – Condemnations Walid Mattar Tunisia/France 2010 OV/EnS 15 min

arsenal cinema: Arab Shorts

08:30 pm Cinema 1


Vue aérienne

Un aller simple (A One-way Ticket)

Oh Torment (Wa Wailah)

Faces Applauding Alone

Subtitles for Stolen Pictures

Everywhere was the Same

Total Eclipse (Eclipse totale)

Long Night of Arab Shorts: Experimental Views

Wahab Toni Serra (aka Abu Ali) France/Morocco 1994 OV 4 min

Vue aérienne Bouchra Khalili Morocco/France 2006 OV/EnS 9 min

Un aller simple (A One-way Ticket) Ammar Bouras Algeria 2003 OV 5 min

Oh Torment (Wa Wailah) Monira Al Qadiri Kuwait 2008 OV 10 min

Faces Applauding Alone Ahmad Ghossein Lebanon 2008 OV 7 min

Subtitles for Stolen Pictures Rheim Alkadhi Iraq/USA 2007 OV 8 min

Everywhere was the Same Basma Al-Sharif Lebanon 2007 OF 12 min

Total Eclipse (Eclipse totale) Yacine Mohamed Benelhadj Algeria 2007 OV/EnS 8 min

DVD / Blue ray

Monira Al Qadiri, Ammar Bouras in person
arsenal cinema: Arab Shorts

10:00 pm Cinema 1

Lemon Flowers

Ça sera beau (From Beirut with Love)

Long Night of Arab Shorts: The Personal War

Lemon Flowers Pamela Ghanimeh Lebanon/Denmark 2007 OV/EnS 35 min

Ça sera beau (From Beirut with Love) Wael Noureddine France/Lebanon 2005 OV/EnS 31 min

DVD / Blue ray

arsenal cinema: Arab Shorts

11:30 pm Cinema 1

Under the Iron

Land of the Heroes


El Central – Call Center


Long Night of Arab Shorts: On Family

Under the Iron Agathe Dirani Egypt 2011 OV 6 min

Land of the Heroes Sahim Omar Kalifa Belgium/Iraq 2011 OF 17 min

Checkpoint Ruben Amar France 2010 OV/EnS 19 min

El Central – Call Center Mohammed Hammad Egypt 2006 OV/EnS 18 min

Payback Omar Khaled Egypt 2011 OV/EnS 16 min