October 2019, arsenal cinema

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


The films by “DDR – ohne Titel” and “WOEST – ohne Titel” refer to the upheaval of 1989. They speak from different geographical and temporal standpoints, as the countries they are listed under indicate. The first ones, shot in East Germany in the “hot” autumn before the fall of the Wall, are ways of approaching the social upheaval at whose center the filmmakers found themselves. LEIPZIG IM HERBST (East Germany 1989) and IN BERLIN 16.10.–04.11.89 (East Germany 1989) are collections of materials that document a search for orientation in a social context that can no longer be understood. “WOEST – ohne Titel” collects the external view of this upheaval, both temporally and geographically. DDR – OHNE TITEL (Germany 1991), FORMER EAST / FORMER WEST (USA 1994) and DIE DDR HAT ES NIE GEGEBEN / APPELL(Germany 2016) are ghost trips – though East Germany, which still appears like a phantom despite having ceased to exist, and through a new Germany of an unclear nature. (ct) (14.10.)


arsenal cinema: The DEFA Foundation Presents

07:00 pm Cinema 1

Lachtauben weinen nicht

Lachtauben weinen nicht Ralf Kirsten GDR 1979 35 mm 82 min
With Uwe Kockisch, Günter Naumann, Eberhard Mellies, Günter Junghans

Klaus-Dieter Felsmann in person, Moderated by Stefanie Eckert
arsenal cinema: The DEFA Foundation Presents

09:00 pm Cinema 1

Märkische Forschungen

Märkische Forschungen Roland Gräf GDR 1981 35 mm 96 min
With Hermann Beyer, Kurt Böwe, Jutta Wachowiak, Eberhard Esche