November 2019, arsenal cinema

FilmDokument: Alcohol Consumption and Alcohol Abuse in East Germany

The mass consumption of alcohol in East Germany didn’t just pose a challenge to the authorities, doctors, and politicians, but also to filmmakers. Where did the boundary lie between social consumption, abuse, and dependence? How dangerous was alcohol for the socialist society and its image of people? The answers to these questions ranged from moralist appeals and medical explanations all the way to unflinching descriptions of dependency and illness from close-up, such as Angelika Andrees’ and Petra Tschörtner’s long-banned documentary HEIM (1979) about children’s experiences with alcohol and Eduard Schreiber’s portrait of workers dependent on alcohol in RÜCKFÄLLIG (1988) (ps) An event by CineGraph Babelsberg in collaboration with the ERC project “The Healthy Self as Body Capital” at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and the University of Strassburg, the Bundesarchiv, and the Deutsche Kinemathek. With an introduction by Viola Balz (11.11.)

arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour – Excess and Opulence 


07:30 pm Cinema 1


Le brasier ardent

Le brasier ardent The Burning Crucible
Ivan Mosjoukine France 1923
35 mm French and English Intertitles 106 min
Restored print of the Cinémathèque française
Restoration made in 2010 from original print from
Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique and original negative
from collections of La Cinémathèque française

Eunice Martins on grand piano
arsenal cinema: Working to Remember – The Films of Rithy Panh

08:00 pm Cinema 2


Site 2

Site 2 F 1989
Digital file OV/EnS 90 min