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.

 

october 2018, edition

Publication: The Basis of Make-Up

The Basis of Make-Up is the backbone of our monthly program. Since the relaunch in November 2008, which turned the “Friends of the German Film Archive” into Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, artist and filmmaker Heinz Emigholz has been publishing drawings from his “The Basis of Make-Up” series there each month. They do not appear in numerical order, but are always accompanied by a description of the picture that serves to comment upon it. While no. 176 in the first monthly program contained Josef von Sternberg’s description of a bedroom in the harbor of Hamburg, drawing no. 1, which called the series into life in 1974, gave an account of a dream: “Writing down the dream after waking up seemed too complicated. I didn’t want to forget it either though, hence the sketch.” (H.E.) Ten years after the relaunch, we are now publishing all the drawings and texts in a special book. The result: a chronology of cinema, presented by Heinz Emigholz on October 26.

The Publication can be purchased at the box office.

february 2018, edition

New Arsenal Edition DVD – Specters of Freedom: Cinema and Decolonization

Arsenal Edition is releasing its 12th DVD in March, the compilation “Specters of Freedom: Cinema and Decolonization” which comprises four films from Arsenal’s collection: MONANGAMBEEE (Sarah Maldoror, 1969), MUEDA; MEMÒRIA E MASSACRE (Ruy Guerra, 1979), LA ZERDA ET LES CHANTS DE L’OUBLI (Assia Djebar, 1982) and REASSEMBLAGE (Trinh T. Minh-ha, 1982), as well as two milestones of Mozambican cinema, ESTAS SÃO AS ARMAS (Murilo Salles, 1978) and DEIXEM-ME AO MENOS SUBIR ÀS PALMEIRAS (Joaquim L. Barbosa, 1972). It is the first time that these will be available on DVD. The edition is pertinent today, as a multi-faceted contribution to the aesthetics of resistance against colonial violence. The Goethe Institute has supported the release, on which Filmgalerie 451 cooperated.

We will show the films by Assia Djebar and Joaquim L. Barbosa at the DVD presentation on March 2nd.