July 2012, arsenal cinema

Heinz Emigholz: The Architecture Films


"All architecture is what you do to it when you look upon it." (Walt Whitman) And all film history is what we make of it when we go to the cinema. In July, we are continuing our season of Heinz Emigholz's architecture films, which span many of his own different film series and are intended to coincide with the cinema release of PARABETON.

PARABETON – Pier Luigi Nervi und römischer Beton (Parabeton – Pier Luigi Nervi and Roman Concrete) Decampment of Modernism - Part I / Photography and beyond – Part 19, Germany 2011, July 6, 13 & 20, Heinz Emigholz will be attending the screenings) shows the 17 remaining buildings by Italian construction engineer Pier Luigi Nervi (1891–1979) in Italy and France in chronological order. As the inventor of many seminal building techniques, Nervi is the grand master of reinforced concrete construction. The film links Nervi's bold works with cinematic studies of antique buildings made from Roman concrete erected in the first centuries after Christ. 

EINE SERIE VON GEDANKEN (A Series of Thoughts) Miscellanea IV–VII, Photography and beyond – 15–18, Germany 1986–2010, July 1) consists of four parts: El Greco in Toledo, Leonardo’s Tears, On Board the USS Ticonderoga and A Museum in Essen. The series comprises a train of thought on the religiously and politically motivated and, in military terms, strategically executed sacrifice of sons. The final part shows the rooms of the Museum Folkwang building designed by David Chipperfield while they were still empty in December 2009, providing a space into which the preceding images can be mentally projected.

SCHINDLERS HÄUSER (Schindler's Houses) Architecture as Autobiography – Rudolph M. Schindler (1887–1953)/ Photography and beyond – Part 12, Austria 2007, July 8) shows 40 buildings by Austrian-American architect Rudolph Schindler from 1921 to 1952. Schindler's pioneering work in southern California founded an independent branch of architectural modernism. All the footage was shot in May 2006. The film is also a portrait of urban life in Los Angeles. 

LOOS ORNAMENTAL (Architecture as Autobiography – Adolf Loos (1870–1933)/Photography and beyond – Part 13, Austria/Germany 2007, July 11) shows the 27 still-existing buildings and interiors created by Austrian architect Adolf Loos in the order in which they were built. Adolf Loos was one of the founders of European architectural modernism. His vehement move away from including ornamentation on buildings led to controversy in the world of architectural theory.  The buildings – houses, interiors for apartments and shops, facades and monuments – were constructed from 1899 to 1931 and filmed in Vienna, Lower Austria, Prague, Brno, Plzeň, Nachod and Paris in 2006.

GOFF IN DER WÜSTE (Goff in the Desert) (Architecture as Autobiography – Bruce Goff (1904–1982)/Photography and beyond - Part 7, Germany 2002/03, July 15) shows 62 buildings designed by American architect Bruce Goff (1904-1982) ranging from small petrol stations to museums and is thus the first comprehensive cinematic catalogue of nearly all his surviving creations. Bruce Goff is the great unknown of a form of architecture unique to America. His constructions and designs defy the ideals of the more well-known International Style movement, with his work sparking legendary controversies during his lifetime The footage was shot on 40 different days in April and May 2002 on an 9,200 mile journey through the USA.

D'ANNUNZIOS HÖHLE (D'Annunzio's Cave) (Lifestyle as Autobiography – Gabriele d’Annunzio (1863–1938)/Photography and beyond – Part 8, Germany 2002–05, July 18) shows fifteen rooms of the Villa Cargnacco in Gardone on Lake Garda, where Gabriele d'Annunzio moved in 1921 and lived until his death. The villa is part of the "Vittoriale", a museum-like theme park honoring d’Annunzio that d'Annunzio himself and his personal architect Giancarlo Maroni spent almost two decades designing and furnishing.

MISCELLANEA (III) (Photography and beyond – Part 9, Germany 2005) shows scenes from the filming of GOFF IN DER WÜSTE.

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