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: Films by Wolfgang Höpfner and Peter Goedel

07:30 pm Cinema 2


Rückkehr zu den Sternen. Über Science und Fiction

Rückkehr zu den Sternen. Über Science und Fiction
Peter Goedel FRG 1983 DVD 86 min

arsenal cinema: Once Upon a Time in Beirut – Homage to Jocelyne Saab

08:00 pm Cinema 1


Égypte, cité des morts

Le Sahara n’est pas à vendre

Documentary film program
Égypte, cité des morts Egypt, The City of the Deaths
Egypt 1977 DCP OV/GeS 35 min
Le Sahara n’est pas à vendre The Sahara Is Not For Sale
France/Morocco/Algeria 1977
DCP OV/GeS 90 min

Introduced by Viola Shafik