June 2018, arsenal cinema

Vaginal Davis Presents Contemporary Vinegar Syndrome

Vaginal Davis

Vaginal Davis is back! Our film archaeologist is returning with a brand new program! Vinegar syndrome (with its strong smell) is the name given to the degradation of film caused by the chemical reaction of cellulose triacetate meeting humidity (this can be observed at the terrarium at the MARS restaurant). But is that all? Or are there other theories linked to the vinegar syndrome that are still to be discovered? Along with Daniel Hendrickson, Ms. Davis will examine the cause and effect of aging processes in many parts of the city. The first edition will take place in the Fichte-Bunker. NB: You need to have Arsenal membership to attend. You can get this from the cinema or at the bunker (Fichtestrasse 6) itself on the evening. If you want to help save other films from succumbing to vinegar syndrome, you can do this by becoming a member of arsenal freundeskreis. (27., 28. & 29.6.)

arsenal cinema: Filmmakers’ Choice: Life between wars

07:00 pm Cinema 2


Step by Step

My Father is Still a Communist: Intimate Secrets to be Published

Merely a Smell

Constructed Futures: Haret Hreik

*Step by Step Ossama Mohammad Syria 1979 DVD OV/EnS 22 min
*My Father is Still a Communist: Intimate Secrets to be Published
Ahmad Ghossein Lebanon/USA 2011 Blu-ray OV/GeS 32 min
*Merely a Smell Maher Abi Samra Lebanon 2007 DVD OV/FrS 10 min
*Constructed Futures: Haret Hreik Sandra Schäfer
Germany/Lebanon 2017 Digital file OV/EnS 28 min

Presented by Sandra Schäfer
arsenal cinema: Anna May Wong – Star, Icon, Boundary Breaker

08:00 pm Cinema 1


Daughter of the Dragon

Daughter of the Dragon Lloyd Corrigan
USA 1931 With Anna May Wong, Warner Oland, Sessue Hayakawa
35 mm OV 79 min
35 mm restored print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive