August 2021, arsenal cinema

Retrospective Andrei Tarkovsky

IWANOWO DETSTWO, 1962

The summer Tarkovsky retrospective is a tradition that has grown dear both to us and our audiences for 40 years now. We are showing the seven feature films by Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky (1932–1986), whose monumental oeuvre exudes a lasting fascination.

IWANOWO DETSTWO (Ivan's Childhood, USSR 1962, 15. & 22.7.) traces "the story of a character who is born as a result of war and ends up being consumed by it" (A.T.). During the Second World War, twelve-year-old orphan Ivan comes across the Red Army in the Dnieper region and cannot be dissuaded from working behind enemy lines as a spy and courier for the Soviet troops. Tarkovsky skillfully weaves together the plot of the film with Ivan's dreams, memories, and fantasies.

The artist and the power of the state clash in uncompromising manner in ANDREI RUBLEV (USSR 1966–69, 16. & 24.7.). This monumental Cinemascope film is split into eight chapters and depicts legendary icon painter Rublev (around 1360–1430) as an enlightened humanist artist on the cusp of the modern era. The inhuman war and power politics of his employer plunge him into a profound creative crisis, whilst at the same time providing the impetus for an exploration of the complex situation of the artist within society.

SOLARIS (USSR 1972, 17.7. & 5.8.) is based on the novel of the same name by Stanislav Lem. The story focuses on the journey undertaken by a psychologist named Kelvin, who is sent to the sea-covered planet of Solaris to investigate strange occurrences on the research station there. Kelvin gradually comes to realize that the mysterious ocean on Solaris is capable of making the dreams, fears, and regrets of the men on the space station take material form.

In the heavily autobiographically influenced SERKALO (Mirror, USSR 1975, 25.7. & 8.8.), the protagonist reveals his life, memories, fears and obsessions, the son of divorced parents in search of lost time and his own identity. His private fate is linked to the traumas and upheavals in Soviet society between 1930 and the 1970s.

STALKER (USSR 1980, 20. & 23.7.) Led by a local scout who lives in a rundown industrial landscape on the edge of the world, a scientist and a writer set out into the mysterious "zone", which is allegedly home to a place where one's most secret wishes come true. The expedition becomes a journey into the protagonists themselves, into a whole world of imagination and silence.

NOSTALGHIA (Italy/USSR 1983, 18. & 27.7.) "I wanted to depict the Russian form of nostalgia, that mental state entirely specific to our nation which grips us when we are far away from home." A Russian writer also finds himself far from home after going to Italy to gather material on an Italian composer whose biography he wants to write. He is, however, overcome by an overpowering yearning for his geographical and spiritual home.

OFFRET (The Sacrifice, Sweden, France 1986, 3. & 15.8.) A solitary, isolated island forms the setting for OFFRET: 50-year-old Alexander's birthday celebrations are in full swing when news of an atomic strike stops the party guests in their tracks. Tarkovsky's vision employs striking images and dialogue to connect a poetic film language with a philosophical religious discourse.

 

 

arsenal cinema: Archival Assembly #1

10:00 am silent green Kulturquartier


Found Futures I

Found Futures I: Opening with project presentations and a presentation of the paper "Call for Action and Reflection– On Decolonising Film Archives"
With the authors, Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst, Goethe-Institut and Dox Box

Free entry
arsenal cinema: Archival Assembly #1

01:00 pm Cinema 1


Les nomades du soleil La Suisse s’interroge

Les nomades du soleil (The Nomads of the Sun) Henry Brandt Switzerland 1953 44 min
DCP OV/EnS 44 min
La Suisses’interroge (Switzerland Ponders) HenryBrandt Switzerland 1964 22 min
DCP OV 22min
Digitally restored by Cinémathèque suisse

Introduction: Frédéric Maire (Director of Cinémathèque suisse)
arsenal cinema: Archival Assembly #1

03:15 pm Cinema 1


Hussein Shariffe: Of Dust and Rubies

Hussein Shariffe: Of Dust and Rubies
Of Dust and Rubies, a Film on Suspension Tamer El Said Germany 2020
Digital file engl. OV 49 min
Diary in Exile Atteyat Al Abnoudy, Hussein Shariffe Sudan 1993
Digital file OV/EnS 52 min

With Tamer El Said (filmmaker), Eiman Hussein (psychotherapist, daughter of Hussein Shariffe), Talal Afifi (Sudan Film Factory), Haytham El-Wardany (author), Erica Carter (King’s College London) and Stefanie Schulte Strathaus
arsenal cinema: Archival Assembly #1

06:30 pm Cinema 1


Die Sammlung Rafla

The Rafla Collection Project Presentation with films

With Ali Atef, Tamer El Said, Maged Nader (Cimatheque – Alternative Film Centre), Dana Enani, Randa Megahed and Ihab Rafla Free entry
arsenal cinema: Archival Assembly #1

09:30 pm Open-­Air-­Kino at Haus der Kulturen der Welt


Ekmek Parasi Geld für’s Brot

*Ekmek Parasi Geld für’s Brot Serap Berrakkarasu Germany 1994
DCP OV/EnS 100 min
Premiere of the digital restoration