october 2020, arsenal cinema

It goes on...

From this month on, we will be screening films again on a daily basis albeit in one cinema only, Arsenal 1. In line with the new hygiene concept of the state of Berlin, our cinema now has a maximum capacity of 119 (increasing from 69 previously). To make up for the related reduction in mimumum distance, cinemagoers are requested to keep on their masks also while seated in the cinema. And yet, what better place could there be for Michael Mann’s thrillers and action films, most of which were shot in widescreen, to unfold. While Arsenal 2 has to remain closed for reasons of cost unfortunately, we have revamped our virtual cinema arsenal 3, which will in future relate directly to our institution's activities: the cinema program, Arsenal Distribution and Living Archive, our archival practice based on participation and production. From September 15th to 30th, we dedicating the space to our symposium

and the filmmakers Navina Sundaram, Harun Farocki and Sohrab Shahid Saless, who worked closely with NDR, WDR and ZDF.
september 2020, arsenal cinema

The Professional – Michael Mann Retrospective

The author, director and producer Michael Mann (*1943) is one of the most outstanding US filmmakers of our time. Over the past four decades, he has set new standards in genre cinema with his artistic expression and precise craft. His visually ambitious films, often made in collaboration with the cameraman Dante Spinotti, are characterized by a joyful enthusiasm for movement, an exposed dramaturgy of colors and a particular feel for music. Because of his intensive preparatory work, meticulous research and perfectionism, Mann has frequently been compared to Stanley Kubrick. A central theme of his work is professional ethos; and the definition of people through their jobs, the relationship between work and morals, between work and masculinity, as well as solitude and loneliness, are recurring motifs Arsenal is showing all 12 of Mann's films from September 11-30.

september 2020, arsenal cinema

Symposium: The right to a public - working with TV archives

For more than 50 years, public broadcasters have been producing, co-producing and purchasing cinema films, launching programs and commissioning freelance authors and filmmakers. The invaluable collection that has emerged can be attributed to the enthusiasm of individual editors and editorial teams, as well as to the public broadcasters' educational mission enshrined in law. However, from the start, there has been a contradiction between the public funding of the stations and limited publicity for the products, which have often disappeared into archives after being broadcast, available for commercial exploitation.

In a day-long symposium on September 23 featuring three panel discussions, participants will discuss the possibility of turning TV archives into "living archives" and making their collections available for research and cultural education. Taking as an example the filmmakers Navina Sundaram, Harun Farocki and Sohrab Shahid Saless, who worked closely with NDR, WDR and ZDF in particular, the idea is to develop concrete models, alongside these broadcasters and other social actors, to ensure (public) access to the collections and thus to the visualization of film history.

august 2020, transfer

Back Again: Kinozauber

Kinozauber, Arsenal’s film education project for pre-school children, kicked off again: Now that the new school year has started, the artists of Arsenal Filmatelier will finally be able to continue their cooperation with EKT Regenbogen-Kidz and also expand the project to two more kindergartens. The project involves groups of pre-school children making several visits to Arsenal to watch experimental shorts from our collection and engage creatively with aspects such as light, shadow, color, sound, film material and projection.

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

05:00 pm Cinema 2


Vorlesung von Sabine Nessel: Filmarchiv / Musikarchiv: Les Blank / Chris Strachwitz

Lecture by Sabine Nessel: Filmarchiv / Musikarchiv: Les Blank / Chris Strachwitz (in German language)

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

06:00 pm Cinema 2


Chulas Fronteras

Del Mero Corazón

*Chulas Fronteras Les Blank, Chris Strachwitz USA 1976
16 mm OV/EnS 59 min
*Del Mero Corazón Les Blank, Maureen Gosling, Guillermo Hernandez, Chris Strachwitz USA 1979 16 mm OV 28 min

arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour
 – The Wild Ones

08:00 pm Cinema 2


Putjowka w shisn

*Putyovka v zhizn
Road to Life Nikolai Ekk USSR 1931
35 mm OV/GeS 93 min

arsenal cinema: Guest: DAAD Grantholder Mira Fornay

08:00 pm Cinema 1


Malá Nesdělení

Lištičky

Malá Nesdělení Small Untold Secrets
Czech Republic 2002 35 mm OV/EnS 22 min
Lištičky Foxes Czech Republic /Slowakia/Ireland 2009
35 mm OV/EnS 83 min

Followed by a discussion with Mira Fornay