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: Magical History Tour – 
The Kammerspielfilm

07:30 pm Cinema 2


Abschied (So sind die Menschen)

Abschied (So sind die Menschen) Farewell
Robert Siodmak Germany 1930
With Brigitte Horney, Aribert Mog
DCP 73 min

arsenal cinema: Commedia all’italiana

08:00 pm Cinema 1


Una vita difficile

Una vita difficile A Difficult Life Dino Risi Italy 1961
With Alberto Sordi, Lea Massari, Franco Fabrizi, Vittorio Gassman, Silvana Mangano
35 mm OV/EnS 118 min
Print of the CSC Cineteca Nazionale