February 2017, arsenal cinema

The DEFA Foundation presents

DAS BEIL VON WANDSBEK, 1951

In the age of digital film prints, the DEFA Foundation faces the challenge of transferring its films to this new format. Since 2012, the foundation has digitalized over 320 feature-length films and shorts and made them available for distribution as DCPs. The new "DEFA digital" series presents particularly exciting digitization projects. Melanie Hauth, the foundation's project manager, will provide insights into the restoration process at each screening.

To kick off, we are showing DAS BEIL VON WANDSBEK (Falk Harnack, GDR 1951), a film based on the eponymous novel by Arnold Zweig about a master butcher (played by Erwin Geschonneck) who becomes an executor for the Nazis and has a breakdown. The film was banned soon after its release and only screened in full in the 1980s. In SEILERGASSE 8 (Joachim und Günter Kunert, GDR 1960), a GDR criminalist looks into the murder of a young woman. His son is also a suspect. (jh)(6.2.)

arsenal cinema: Thomas Mauch, Cameraman and filmmaker

07:30 pm Cinema 2


Los enemigos del dolor

Das einzelne Bild ist gar nichts – Ein Porträt des Kameramanns Thomas Mauch

Los enemigos del dolor Arauco Hernández Holz
Uruguay / Brazil 2014 DCP OV/EnS 80 min
Das einzelne Bild ist gar nichts – Ein Porträt des Kameramanns Thomas Mauch
Anja Lupfer, Melanie Liebheit
Germany 2005 Blu-ray 39 min

Thomas Mauch in person
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 – Bodies in film

08:00 pm Cinema 1


A Woman Under the Influence

*A Woman Under the Influence
John Cassavetes USA 1974
With Gena Rowlands
35 mm  OV/EnS 146 min