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: Big Cinema, Small Cinema #9 – Film Games

04:00 pm Cinema 1



33 Yo-Yo Tricks

Fadenspiele I

Schattenspiel Students of the Wedding-Grundschule
D 2016 16 mm 3 min
*Sally Luna Maurer & Roel Wouters Netherlands 2005 35 mm 3 min
*33 Yo-Yo Tricks P. White USA 1976 16 mm 7 min
*Fadenspiele I Detel Aurand & Ute Aurand Germany 1999 16 mm 8 min
Age 5 and older

Moderated by Stefanie Schlüter
Sebastian Holzkamp in person
arsenal cinema: Chamissos Schatten (Chamisso's Shadow)

06:30 pm Cinema 1

Chamissos Schatten – Kapitel 2, Teil 1: Tschukotka

Chamissos Schatten Chamisso's Shadow – Chapter 2, part 1: Chukotka
Ulrike Ottinger Germany 2016 DCP OV/EnS 192 min

arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour
: Of Forms and Figures – Choreography in Film

07:30 pm Cinema 2


Pickpocket Robert Bresson
France 1959 35 mm OV/EnS 76 min