October 2019, arsenal cinema

Filmspotting. Exploring the Deutsche Kinemathek’s Film Archive

BIOLOGIE!, 1990

On a school trip, tenth-grader Ulla, who is passionate committed to environmental protection, finds out that a weekend house has been built illegally in a protected natural area. At the same time, Ulla gets to know Winfried. His father, a general director, succeeded in getting building permission for the house by sidestepping the appropriate hurdles in the environmental office. Jörg Foth’s adaptation of Wolf Spillner’s youth novel “Wasseramsel” BIOLOGIE! (East Germany 1990) doesn’t just express harsh criticism for the lack of environmental awareness in large parts of the population, but also reveals the misuse of office, cronyism, and corruption among the ranks of the East German leadership. To coincide with the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Wall, DEFA film distribution is presenting a series of films from the period of reunification. With an introduction by Mirko Wiermann. (mw) (28.10.)

arsenal cinema: THE DEFA Foundation Presents: The Art of Mime

07:00 pm Cinema 2


Der Mantel

Der Sonntagsmaler

Die Kunst der Pantomime

Films by Marcel Marceau
Der Mantel Wolfgang Schleif
GDR 1952 DCP 32 min
Der Sonntagsmaler Wolfgang Schleif
GDR 1952 DCP 14 min
Die Kunst der Pantomime Wolfgang Schleif
GDR 1952 DCP 33 min

Introduced by Barbara Barlet and Philip Zengel (DEFA-Stiftung)
arsenal cinema: Once Upon a Time in Beirut – Homage to Jocelyne Saab

08:00 pm Cinema 1


Dunia – Kiss Me Not on the Eyes

*Dunia – Kiss Me Not on the Eyes Egypt/Lebanon 2006
With Hanan Turk, Mohamed Mounir
35 mm OV/EnS 113 min

arsenal cinema: THE DEFA Foundation Presents: The Art of Mime

09:00 pm Cinema 2


Der junge Engländer

Der junge Engländer Gottfried Kolditz
GDR 1958 35 mm 69 min