June 2018, arsenal cinema

Guest: DAAD Grantholder Davi Pretto


The Brazilian filmmaker Davi Pretto (*1988) is currently the guest of the DAAD's Artists-in-Berlin program. In his two feature-length films, documentary observation, mise-en-scene and fictional elements are connected and in both he works with amateur actors and different guises of genre.  CASTANHA (2014) depicts the actor and transvestite João Carlos Castanha, whose best years are behind him. He lives with his mother on a middle-class estate. In the evenings, he performs in gay bars. Details from his everyday life are juxtaposed with elements of fantasy and the visualization of memories. RIFLE (2016), which is set in the deserted expanses of southern Brazil, borrows from the road movie, western and thriller genres. A taciturn former soldier is employed to protect the estate of a smallholder, resorting to drastic measures when a big agricultural corporation makes a bid to buy the land. (bik) (27. & 28.6.)


arsenal cinema: Anna May Wong – Star, Icon, Boundary Breaker

07:30 pm Cinema 1

Chu Chin Chow

Chu Chin Chow Walter Forde UK 1934
With Anna May Wong, George Robey, Fritz Kortner
35 mm OV 93 min

arsenal cinema: Technologies of violence

08:00 pm Cinema 2

Soft Materials

Da vinci

Feelers (Esotropia II )

Le système miroir

In Waking Hours

The Quantified Body
Soft Materials Daria Martin UK 2004 Digital file without dialogue 10 min
Da vinci Yuri Ancarani Italy 2012 Blu-ray without dialogue 25 min
Feelers (Esotropia II) Nadav Assor USA 2012 Digital file OV/EnS 16 min
Le système miroir Eva Zornio Switzerland 2015 Digital file OV/EnS 17 min
In Waking Hours Sarah Vanagt & Katrien Vanagt
Belgium 2015 Digital file English and French OV 18 min

Introduced by Maria Morata