may 2019, edition

New DVD: "Ramdenime interviu pirad sakitchebse" (Some Interviews on Personal Matters) by Lana Gogoberidse

We’re very pleased to release a DVD of Lana Gogoberidse’s wonderful newly-restored film RAMDENIME INTERVIU PIRAD SAKITCHEBSE (SOME INTERVIEWS ON PERSONAL MATTERS, USSR/Georgia 1978) in conjunction with Filmgalerie 451 on our joint label, arsenal edition.

In the film, a journalist called Sofiko interviews all kinds of women about their lives and desires, while at the same time trying herself to find a fragile balance between her own professional fulfillment and family-related duties. With great sensitivity, Lana Gogoberidze uses a documentary-esque style and dynamic camera movements to tell the story of how the personal and the political are intertwined. Focused on the daily struggle of an emancipated woman, the film is considered one of the first feminist films made in the Soviet Union.

january 2019, edition

New DVD releases: "Havarie", "Revision" and "And-ek ghes..."

Still from Havarie

After the THE HALFMOON FILES and DER TAG DES SPATZEN, we’re very pleased to release three further DVDs featuring films by Philip Scheffner, in cooperation with Filmgalerie 451: HAVARIE (2016), AND-EK GHES … (2016) and REVISION (2012). In his works, Scheffner has developed his very own style of political reasoning, which redefines what is and is not visible. He creates visual and auditory spaces, interweaving stories and conducting investigations whose points of connection remain open.

october 2018, edition

Family Affairs – Cinematic Relationships Between Georgia and Arsenal

The various relationships between Arsenal and Georgian cinema are complex and stretch far back into the history of our institution. Since the first week of Georgian films in 1975, Georgian films have repeatedly been shown in our cinema program and at the Forum, while prints of Georgian films have entered our distribution range and archive. One year ago, we presented a part of this collection in a comprehensive film series and were able to welcome numerous directors to discuss their films with the audience. These conversations with Lana Gogoberidze, Salomé Alexi, Merab Kokotschaschwili, Gela Kandelaki, Otar Iosseliani and Dito Tsintsadze, a panel discussion about Georgian films in archives, as well as an essay about Georgian film history by Ulrich Gregor and one about the history of censorship by Giorgi Gwacharia have now been brought together in a trilingual (German, English, Georgian) publication. It also contains a comprehensive list of the Georgian films in our collection.