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 #46: In the Rhythm of the Colors

04:00 pm Cinema 1


Begone Dull Care


Early Abstractions

Abstronic Mary Ellen Bute
USA 1948–1954 16 mm 6 min
Begone Dull Care Evelyn Lambart, Norman McLaren
Canada 1949 16 mm 8 min
Mondlicht Bärbel Neubauer
Germany 1997 35 mm 4 min
Early Abstractions (Ausschnitt) Harry Smith
USA 1939–1956 16 mm 6 min
For everyone from the age of 5

Presented by Melina Pafundi, Kirsti Renner
arsenal cinema: And Life Goes On – Abbas Kiarostami Retrospective

08:00 pm Cinema 1

24 Frames

24 Frames Iran/France 2017
DCP OV/EnS 114 min
Video introduction: Asghar Farhadi