july 2020, arsenal cinema

The next stage is here!

The Arsenal cinema at Potsdamer Platz reopens on July 1st. Alongside our activities on the Internet (arsenal 3), in exhibition space (arsenal 4 at silent green) and outside in the open air (arsenal 5 at HKW), we are very happy to be able to offer a program at our original location after a closure period of three and a half months and once again use our cinemas as a public space for shared experiences. As always, the Andrei Tarkovsky retrospective forms part of this year’s double program for July and August – and yet this is no ordinary summer. The Corona pandemic continues, its effects on social, cultural, and political practices can be clearly felt, and its economic consequences are grave. We are experiencing a veritable turning point – and the future is still unclear, something that will have to be managed and adapted to based on an ongoing process. With this mind, the sort of contemporary cinema practice we offer will have to remain flexible and develop step by step. Our streaming area arsenal 3 will form a fixed part of this process and continue as a “footnote cinema”, with films screened there to supplement the programs showing at Arsenal 1 and 2.

Due to the fragility of the current situation and Arsenal’s economic difficulties based on a lack of revenue, we are starting our cinema operations in reduced form to begin with: four evenings a week (Wednesday to Saturday) at Arsenal 1, with a seating capacity of around 70 due to Corona. You can find the program here. It’s the film series we had to interrupt in March that we are now continuing: alongside the program to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Berlinale Forum, this means primarily the “Black Light” retrospective that Greg de Cuir Jr. curated for last year’s Locarno Film Festival. Our selection of 13 films focused on Black American cinema stretches from 1919 to 1991 and has not lost any of its topicality over the last weeks; on the contrary, in fact.

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arsenal 5 at HKW

July 16 — August 23 2020

Cinema is a space of opportunity and a place of action, even under the open sky. On six weekends, Kino Arsenal will show film highlights from its archive on the Haus der Kulturen der Welt’s roof terrace. The films take the audience outdoors: They head out to gather pictures in landscapes sacrificed to tourism. They dig up images from the earth and from archives to take them where they tell stories. They observe animals that critically meet our gaze. They cross the desert. And finally, the films explore the interior of HKW as a stage, as a frame of content reference, and as a production location. With films by James Benning, Filipa César, Denis Coté, Thomas Heise, Armin Linke, Maha Maamoun, Hila Peleg, Philip Scheffner, Kidlat Tahimik, Akram Zaatari and many others.

Detailed information will follow shortly

july 2020, arsenal cinema

arsenal 3 – Continuing with a New Concept from August 1st

First a members’ platform, then a temporary online cinema: at the start of the lockdown in mid-March, we swiftly retooled our streaming service for Arsenal members first founded last autumn into a publicly accessible virtual cinema. Over the last 14 weeks, seven programs each consisting of around 20 films from our collection were presented – we were just as overwhelmed by the solidarity shown by the filmmakers who made their works available to us as we were by the public attention and enthusiasm generated by the platform. We were also very happy to host the film program “Latitude – Camera Memory for Human Forgetfulness” curated by Karina Griffith as part of the Latitude Festival put on by the Goethe-Institut.

arsenal 3 was our immediate reaction to the closing of the Arsenal 1 & 2 cinemas at Potsdamer Platz and the virtual cinema space was an experiment for us – one worked on by many, supported by many (and not just via donations) and which brought together many cinemagoers – a true community project!

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Online Tickets

Online tickets for Arsenal screenings avalaible here.

arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour – The Kammerspielfilm

07:30 pm Cinema 2


The Connection

*The Connection
Shirley Clarke USA 1961
35 mm OV/GeS 102 min

arsenal cinema: Frank Capra Retrospective

08:00 pm Cinema 1


Meet John Doe

Meet John Doe USA 1941
With Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold, Walter Brennan
35 mm OV 125 min
Print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive