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: UdK-Seminar: Multistable filmmaking

05:00 pm Cinema 2


Grandma Threading Her Needle

The Evil Faerie

Le rêve du maître du ballet

Meshes of the Afternoon

The Teddy Bears

Institutional Quality

Grandma Threading Her Needle George Albert Smith UK 1900 16 mm without dialogue 1 min

The Evil Faerie George Landow USA 1966 16 mm without dialogue 1 min

Le rêve du maître du ballet Georges Méliès France 1903 16 mm without dialogue 2min

Meshes of the Afternoon Maya Deren USA 1943 16 mm OV 12 min

The Teddy Bears Edwin S. Porter USA 1907 16 mm without dialogue 13 min

Institutional Quality George Landow USA 1969 16 mm OV 5 min

Introduced by Kerstin Cmelka
arsenal cinema: The DEFA Foundation presents

07:00 pm Cinema 2


Der liebe Gott in Berlin. Gerhard Klein 1920–1970

Der liebe Gott in Berlin. Gerhard Klein 1920–1970

Fred Gehler, Ulrich Kasten Germany 1997 DigiBeta GV 45 min

Fred Gehler in person
arsenal cinema: Trinh T. Minh-ha is our guest

08:00 pm Cinema 1


A Tale of Love

A Tale of Love 1994 35 mm OV/GeS 107 min

Followed by conversation with Trinh T. Minh-ha moderated by Marc Siegel
arsenal cinema: The DEFA Foundation presents

09:00 pm Cinema 2


Die Russen kommen

Die Russen kommen Heiner Carow GDR 1968/87 35 mm GV 97 min