May 2019, arsenal cinema

Mirror – 
A Cairo Cimatheque archive program

Found Footage from the Cimatheque's archive

The Cimatheque - Alternative Film Center, which opened in Cairo in 2014, provides a space for open discussions about cinema and its history. On offer are screenings, workshops, a library, a lab and an archive, whose stock comprises gifts from renowned cineastes, including Abdel Hamas Said who once ran the Egyptian Cinema Organization, the documentary filmmaker Atteyat El Anoudy, the animation filmmaker Ehab Shaker and the pioneer Nagy Shaker. Apart from documents, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, reports, diaries and storyboards, the archive holds 35-mm prints and material about the important film works from the region and beyond, including less known treasures of film heritage: ephemeral material, found footage, amateur films and commercial films, newsreels, experimental documentaries or evidence of B-movies and shorts.
The Cimatheque – Alternative Film Centre’s archive was created in a context where the public had no access to their moving image history. The constantly growing collection is now freely available. It questions official writing of history and creates a space for other narratives. Thanks to one single film scanner, the archive is currently being digitized and the aim is to place a duplicate at Arsenal. This implies questions: What does it mean when a protected space needs another? How will the duplicate differ from the original (beyond the analogue/digital difference) because of its surroundings? In a series of screenings, the Cimatheque’s co-founder Tamer El Said will introduce the archive while discussing these questions. (stss) (7.,14. & 28.5.)
Program May 28: Who is Telling the Story?
Readings from documents on Egyptian cinema produced during the 1950s through the 1970s, revealing fraught narratives regarding censorship, propaganda and the role of the film industry in creating these “official” histories.

arsenal cinema: Commedia all’italiana

07:00 pm Cinema 1


Il moralista

Il moralista The Moralist Giorgio Bianchi
Italy 1959 With Alberto Sordi, Vittorio De Sica
DCP OV/EnS 100 min

arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour – 
The Kammerspielfilm

07:30 pm Cinema 2


Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Mike Nichols
USA 1966 With Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton
DCP OV/GeS 131 min

arsenal cinema: Commedia all’italiana

09:00 pm Cinema 1


Il commissario

Il commissario The Police Commissioner
Luigi Comencini Italy 1962 With Alberto Sordi
35 mm OV/GeS 109 min