May 2018, arsenal cinema

The DEFA Foundation Present

DAS ZWEITE LEBEN DES FRIEDRICH WILHELM GEORG PLATOW, 1973 (©DEFA-Stiftung)

Actors Christian Steyer and Ulrike Krumbiegel read from the first novel by director and author Siegfried Kühn entitled “Die Erdorgel oder Wunderbare abgründige Welt”. The book describes the story of the life of its protagonist Friedrich, moving from his childhood in Silesia to his jobs working in an East German mine and at the DEFA until reunification. Kühn mixes autobiographical and fictional elements to this end. After the reading, Kühn’s satirical film of the era of the time DAS ZWEITE LEBEN DES FRIEDRICH WILHELM GEORG PLATOW (East Germany 1973) will be shown, the story of 57-year-old railway station worker, played by Fritz Marquardt in wonderfully off-the-wall fashion. Platow, who becomes “surplus to requirement” after the railways are electrified, won’t allow himself to be sidelined and sets out to get additional training. Due to its critical tone and unusual form, the film didn’t receive an official cinema premiere and was handed an export ban. (jh) (7.5.)

arsenal cinema: The DEFA Foundation Present

07:00 pm Cinema 2


Lesung von Christian Steyer und Ulrike Krumbiegel

Das zweite Leben des Friedrich Wilhelm Georg Platow

Reading by Christian Steyer and Ulrike Krumbiegel from the book „Die Erdorgel oder
Wunderbare abgründige Welt“ by Siegfried Kühn
Siegfried Kühn in person, in conversation with Ralf Schenk
9pm: Das zweite Leben des Friedrich Wilhelm Georg Platow
Siegfried Kühn GDR 1973 35 mm 90 min

arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour: Production Design

07:30 pm Cinema 1


A londoni férfi / The Man from London

A londoni férfi / The Man from London Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky
Hungary/France/Germany 2007 With Miroslav Krobot, Tilda Swinton
35 mm OV/GeS 139 min