May 2019, arsenal cinema

Berlin Premiere: FROZEN CONFLICT


A trilateral border post in the buffer zone between Transnistria and the Republic of Moldova. Three soldiers keep watch on the banks of the river. Beginning with a depiction of this microcosm, the film zooms out to become a detailed description of the state of affairs on one strangest borders in Europe. There is an atmosphere of paralysis and stagnation. With a multi-perspective chorus, FROZEN CONFLICT (Steffi Wurster, G 2018) explores the competing interests of national elites, Russia’s ambiguous role and the impact on the locals‘ living conditions, delivering a picture of a region held hostage to larger geopolitical interests. One wonders who the enemy is. Evoking the absurdity of “Waiting for Godot”, the film exposes thought patterns dating back to the east-west conflict that (should) have run their course. (ara) (18.5.)

arsenal cinema: Commedia all’italiana

07:00 pm Cinema 1

La visita

*La visita The Visit Antonio Pietrangeli Italy/France 1963
With Sandra Milo, François Périer, Mario Adorf
35 mm OV/GeS 110 min

arsenal cinema: Berlin Premiere: FROZEN CONFLICT

08:00 pm Cinema 2

Frozen Conflict

Frozen Conflict Steffi Wurster Germany 2018
DCP OV/EnS 60 min

Steffi Wurster in person
arsenal cinema: Commedia all’italiana

09:00 pm Cinema 1

Io la conoscevo bene

Io la conoscevo bene I Knew Her Well Antonio Pietrangeli
Italy/France/FRG 1965 With Stefania Sandrelli, Nino Manfredi, Ugo Tognazzi,
Jean-Claude Brialy, Mario Adorf, Franco Nero, Joachim Fuchsberger
35 mm OV/EnS 118 min