november 2019, arsenal cinema

Working to Remember – The Films of Rithy Panh

Seven years ago, three films from the “Golden Age” of Cambodian cinema (1960–1975) received their first public screenings in decades at the Berlinale Forum. Filmmakers Ly Bun Yim and Tea Lim Koun were there in person. Only around 30 of the 400 films made in these 15 years survived the rule of the Khmer Rouge. Coming to terms with this terrible era, which took the lives of more than 1.7 million people, is the central theme of the films of director Rithy Panh, to whom we are dedicating a ten-film retrospective from November 1-23.

 

 

 

 

november 2019, arsenal cinema

Magical History Tour – Excess and Opulence 


We are focusing on grand gestures for this month's Magical History Tour - on films located in the space between excess and opulence, whose exuberance is manifested either by the director's unlimited personal involvement or by an unfettered artistic vision. However, opulence and excess are by no means an end in themselves, but instead represent the expression of a desire for change asserting itself against manifold constraints and obstacles. Our program features films committed to absolute realism alongside ones that find their appropriate form in extreme stylization.

november 2019, arsenal cinema

Gaumont: Since There Was Cinema

Established in 1895, Gaumont isn’t just the first ever film concern to be founded worldwide.

 

With over 1500 titles, Gaumont also possesses one of the largest catalogues of French films, including works by Abel Gance, René Clair, Louis Feuillade, Jean Renoir, Max Ophüls, Robert Bresson, Georges Franju, Jean Grémillon, René Clément, Jean-Pierre Melville, Jacques Doillon, Jean-Luc Godard, Maurice Pialat, Jean Vigo, and Louis Malle.

 

From November 28 to January 28, a guest exhibition will be hosted at the Maison de France of the Institut français at Kurfürstendamm 211 entitled “Gaumont: Since There Was Cinema”. The exhibition is an invitation to take a journey through the history of the company and film history itself, presenting original props, costumes, film posters, film music, and film excerpts. A “hackathon” workshop to be held from November 19th -25th also offers eight participants the opportunity to digitally reinterpret Gaumont classics, with the results to be shown afterwards at the exhibition.

 

As part of the French Film Week from November 28th to December 4th, Arsenal is accompanying the exhibition by screening a selection of classics from French film history together with some of the firm’s more recent productions. A comprehensive program of titles from the Gaumont catalogue will follow in February.

arsenal cinema: FU Lecture Series: Film Studies, the Archive, and Difference

05:00 pm Cinema 2


Vorlesung von Sabine Nessel: Schauen / Graben / Brennen / Überleben

Lecture by Sabine Nessel: Schauen / Graben / Brennen / Überleben (in German language)

arsenal cinema: FU Lecture Series: Film Studies, the Archive, and Difference

06:00 pm Cinema 2


Schwitzkasten

*Schwitzkasten John Cook Austria 1978
16 mm 96 min

arsenal cinema: AFRIKAMERA 2016: 
African Queers – African Movies – African Cultures

08:00 pm Cinema 1


L'armée du salut

L'armée du salut Salvation Army Abdellah Taïa
Morocco/France 2013
DCP OV/EnS 84 min

Opening
Abdellah Taïa in person
arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour
 – The Wild Ones

08:30 pm Cinema 2


The Wild One

Scorpio Rising

The Wild One Laszlo Benedek USA 1953
DCP OV 79 min
Showing first: *Scorpio Rising Kenneth Anger
USA 1963 16 mm 29 min