January 2017, arsenal cinema

Chamissos Schatten (Chamisso's Shadow)



Almost exactly a year after the world premiere of Ulrike Ottinger’s most recent film, the 12-hour opus CHAMISSOS SCHATTEN (Germany 2016), at the Berlinale Forum, Arsenal presents the four parts of her large-scale cinematic expedition to the Arctic, along Russia’s easternmost coast and the peninsula of Kamchatka. Inspired by the accounts of former explorers such as Alexander von Humboldt, Georg Wilhelm Steller, Reinhold und Georg Forster and Adelbert von Chamisso, Ottinger too kept a logbook, linking her own artistic and ethnographic viewpoint to the historical findings and visual depictions. So past and present meet and historical and cultural changes become visible. A field of tension emerges between the then and now, showing how inseparable the two are.(CHAMISSOS SCHATTEN, Chapters 1–4, 15., 22., 27.1. & 29.1., followed by a discussion with Ulrike Ottinger)


arsenal cinema: Classics Not Just for Kids

04:30 pm Cinema 1

One Week

Sherlock, Jr.

One Week Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton USA 1920
DCP OV/GeS 22 min
Sherlock, Jr. Buster Keaton USA 1924
DCP OV/GeS 45 min

arsenal cinema: Chamissos Schatten (Chamisso's Shadow)

06:30 pm Cinema 1

Chamissos Schatten – Kapitel 1: Alaska und die aleutischen Inseln

Chamissos Schatten Chamisso's Shadow – Chapter 1, Alaska and Aleutian Islands
Ulrike Ottinger Germany 2016
DCP OV/EnS 190 min

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07:30 pm Cinema 2

In the Beginning …


In the Beginning … France 1972
16 mm engl. OV/French ST 10 min
Print by Cinémathèque française
Alpha France 1972
16 mm engl. OV/French ST 90 min
Print by Cinémathèque Afrique