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: The Past in the Present – New Films from Algeria

07:00 pm Cinema 1

El oued, el oued / The River

El oued, el oued / The River
Abdenour Zahzah Algeria/UAE 2013
DCP OV/EnS 86 min

Introduced by Judith Scheele (ZMO)
arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour: Production Design

08:00 pm Cinema 2

Ikarie XB 1

Ikarie XB 1 Jindřich Polák
ČSSR 1963 Restored version
DCP OV/EnS 88 min

arsenal cinema: The Past in the Present – New Films from Algeria

09:00 pm Cinema 1


Atlal Djamel Kerkar Algeria/F 2016
DCP OV/EnS 111 min

Followed by a discussion with Djamel Kerkar (in English)