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: Filmmakers’ Choice: DDR – ohne Titel & WOEST – ohne Titel

07:00 pm Cinema 2


Leipzig im Herbst

In Berlin 16.10.–4.11.89

Program 1 „DDR – ohne Titel“
*Leipzig im Herbst Andreas Voigt, Gerd Kroske, Sebastian Richter
GDR 1989 35 mm 52 min
*In Berlin 16.10.–4.11.89 Jochen Denzler, Petra Tschörtner, Hans Wintgen
GDR 1989 35 mm 65 min

Presented by Clarissa Thieme
arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour:
 Of Forms and Figures – Choreographies in Film

07:30 pm Cinema 1


Hsia nu/A Touch of Zen

Hsia nu/A Touch of Zen
King Hu Taiwan 1971
DCP OV/GeS 180 min

arsenal cinema: Filmmakers’ Choice: DDR – ohne Titel & WOEST – ohne Titel

09:30 pm Cinema 2


DDR – Ohne Titel

Former East/Former West

Die DDR hat es nie gegeben / Appell

Program 2 „WOEST – ohne Titel“
*DDR – Ohne Titel Harry Rag
Germany 1991 16 mm 60 min
*Former East/Former West Shelly Silver
USA 1994 Digital file 62 min
Die DDR hat es nie gegeben / Appell Clarissa Thieme
Germany 2016 Digital file 4 min

Presented by Clarissa Thieme