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: Big Cinema, Small Cinema #45: Kiarostami Shorts

04:00 pm Cinema 1

Dow rah-e hal baraye yek massaleh


Manam mitounam

Nan va Koutcheh

Dow rah-e hal baraye yek massaleh
Two Solutions for One Problem Abbas Kiarostami
Iran 1975 DCP OV with German translation 5 min
Rang-ha Colours Abbas Kiarostami Iran 1976
DCP OV with German translation 16 min
Manam mitounam So Can I Abbas Kiarostami Iran 1975
DCP OV with German translation 4 min
Nan va Koutcheh The Bread and Alley Abbas Kiarostami Iran 1970
DCP without dialogue 10 min
For all aged 5 and up

Moderated by Stefanie Schlüter
arsenal cinema: And Life Goes On – Abbas Kiarostami Retrospective

07:00 pm Cinema 1

ABC Africa

ABC Africa France/Iran 2001
DCP OV/EnS 84 min
Video introduction: Seifollah Samadian