November 2018, arsenal cinema

The Cinema I care about is at the level of poetry

PORTRAIT OF GA, 1952

These words come from Scottish artist and filmmaker Margaret Tait (1918–1999), who would have turned 100 on November 11th. With 11 short films on 11.11 and her only feature on 17.11, we are honoring her uniquely poetic work. The unique thing about Tait’s films is their interest in the unspectacular: “Her images are accessible (a thistle is inevitably a thistle), they are of the everyday and, on this level, a representation of things as they are. But the way they are filmed, their rhythmic patterns, their duration, give the images a sense of the mysterious and ambiguity, which suffuse these so-called simple images.” (Alex Pirie) Tait’s independent spirit and her untiring nature are an inspiration for many contemporary filmmakers. She lived in the Orkney Islands, where she worked in a tiny old church – her studio – and edited her last short GARDEN PIECES (1998). (ua)

arsenal cinema: AFRIKAMERA 2018: The Horn of Africa

03:00 pm Cinema 1


Supa Modo

Supa Modo Likarion Wainaina
Kenya/Germany 2018
DCP OV/EnS 74 min

arsenal cinema: The Cinema I care about is at the level of poetry

04:30 pm Cinema 2


Three Portrait Sketches

Portrait of Ga

Happy Bees

Where I Am Is Here

Aerial

Colour Poems

Tailpiece

Garden Pieces

Three Portrait Sketches Margaret Tait UK 1951 16 mm 10 min
*Portrait of Ga Margaret Tait UK 1952 16 mm 4 min
Happy Bees Margaret Tait UK 1955 16 mm 17 min
*Where I Am Is Here Margaret Tait UK 1964 16 mm 35 mn
*Aerial Margaret Tait UK 1974 without dialogue 16 mm 4 min
*Colour Poems Margaret Tait UK 1974 16 mm 12 min
Tailpiece Margaret Tait UK 1976 16 mm 9 min
*Garden Pieces Margaret Tait UK 1998 16 mm 12 min

arsenal cinema: AFRIKAMERA 2018: The Horn of Africa

05:00 pm Cinema 1


Tunisia Factory

Tunisia Factory Short film program
Tunisia/France 2018
DCP OV/EnS 60 min

arsenal cinema: AFRIKAMERA 2018: The Horn of Africa

06:30 pm Cinema 1


Sudan Shorts Kurzfilmprogramm

Sudan Shorts Short Film Program
Sudan 2015–2017
Digital file OV/EnS approx. 70 min

arsenal cinema: The Cinema I care about is at the level of poetry

07:00 pm Cinema 2


Calypso

Blue Black Permanent

Calypso Margaret Tait UK1955
35 mm 4 min
Blue Black Permanent Margaret Tait UK 1992
35 mm OV 84 min

Presented by Ute Aurand
arsenal cinema: AFRIKAMERA 2018: The Horn of Africa

08:30 pm Cinema 1


Five Fingers for Marseilles

Five Fingers for Marseilles
Michael Matthews South Africa 2017
Blu-ray OV/EnS 120 min