February 2018, arsenal cinema

Berlin premiere: A STRANGE NEW BEAUTY


Luxury homes, tastefully furnished, well cared for but devoid of people: This is the way the world of Silicon Valley presents itself in A STRANGE NEW BEAUTY (USA 2017) by the New York filmmaker and artist Shelly Silver. Attention is directed to details while the screen divides into smaller squares over and over again; images are layered over writing and over voices, whose origin remain hidden to us. "Thus we learn of the world behind the appearances. A world ruled by dominance and submission. By strategies to overcome fear. And by the antagonism between the "natural" pursuit of happiness of a very few and the collateral damages produced in the process. Because ultimately this film by Shelly Silver is a narrative of barbarianism and how, brilliantly refined, it manages to present itself as strangely new and beautiful – 'a strange new beauty' indeed." (Ralph Eue) (1.2., Shelly Silver will be present)

arsenal cinema: Tribute to István Szabó

07:30 pm Cinema 1


*Mephisto István Szabó Hungary/FRG 1981
With Klaus Maria Brandauer, Krystyna Janda, Ildikó Bánsági, Rolf Hoppe
35 mm German OV 144 min

arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour
 – Lost Films Found

08:00 pm Cinema 2


*Komissar The Commissar
Alexandr Askoldov USSR 1967/87
35 mm OV/EnS 107 min