December 2019, arsenal cinema

The DEFA Foundation Presents: Rural Biographies – Lives in the Country


Although documentary filmmakers Volker Koepp, Jochen Kraußer, and Karl Farber all have very different artistic signatures when it comes to making their work, their films about people in the Oderbruch, the Thüringer Wald, and on the Mulde all narrate personal biographies of life in the country. Volker Koepp shot AM FLUSS (East Germany 1978) in Oderbruch. The film is not just the portrait of a landscape, but also provides insights into the story of German guilt in the European east. LERCHENLIEDER (Jochen Kraußer, East Germany 1980) is the account of the unusual friendship between a 72-year-old Romanian music box collector and a twelve-year-old farmer’s boy in Thüringen. IN DER STRÖMUNG (Karl Farber, East Germany 1982) is the portrait of a ferrywoman who crosses the Mulde many times per day with her ferry. DAS HAUS AM FLUSS (Roland Gräf, East Germany 1985) tells the story of four women who must deal with life during the Second World War while their husbands right at the front. (kg) (2.12.)

arsenal cinema: And Life Goes On – Abbas Kiarostami Retrospective

10:00 am Cinema 1


Lebassi Baraye Arossi

Tadjrebeh Experience Abbas Kiarostami
Iran 1973 DCP OV/GeS 60 min
Lebassi Baraye Arossi A Wedding Suit Abbas Kiarostami
Iran 1976 DCP OV/Ge 54 min
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Moderated by Stefanie Schlüter
arsenal cinema: And Life Goes On – Abbas Kiarostami Retrospective

07:00 pm Cinema 1


Mashgh-e Shab

Hamsarayan The Chorus Iran 1982
DCP OV/EnS 17 min
Mashgh-e Shab Homework Iran 1989
DCP OV/EnS 74 min

Introduced by Faraz Fesharaki
arsenal cinema: And Life Goes On – Abbas Kiarostami Retrospective

09:00 pm Cinema 1

Zir-e derakhatan-e zeytun

Zir-e derakhatan-e zeytun
Through the Olive Trees Iran 1994
35 mm OV/GeS 103 min

Video introduction: Jafar Panahi