September 2019, arsenal cinema

The Romantic Fantastic


The 10th annual conference of the Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung (GfF) will open at Arsenal with a screening of the adaptation of Michael Ende’s bestselling eponymous novel DIE UNENDLICHE GESCHICHTE (The Neverending Story, Wolfgang Petersen, FRG/USA 1984). The conference is taking place from 19th to 21st September at the Freie University Berlin’s Cinepoetics - Center for Advanced Film Studies. This year’s theme is the romantic fantastic, which refers back to the long tradition of fantastic narratives since the beginning of the 19th century, as well as to the persistence of romantic ideas in the fantasy genre. In 1978, Ende’s book marked the return of romantic topoi to Germany. Alternating between romanticism and fantasy, the film adaptation features other points of reference, such as the medium specificity of fantasy and its cinematic traditions. (th) (18.9)

arsenal cinema: The Romantic Fantastic

07:00 pm Cinema 1

Die unendliche Geschichte

Die unendliche Geschichte
Wolfgang Petersen FRG/USA 1984
35 mm English OV 97 min

Greeting words: Christine Lötscher, Michael Wedel, Matthias Grotkopp
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Between fiction and documentary: cinematic intersections and bridges

08:00 pm Cinema 2


*Besprechung Meeting
Stefan Landorf Germany 2009
35 mm 92 min