april 2019, arsenal cinema

Life at Any Price –
 Bo Widerberg Retrospective

Passionate rebellion and his desperate need to tell stories at any cost brought him to film, realizing his vision of a cinema combining social engagement and romantic devotion in his 13 features, shaping, examining, and celebrating humankind’s struggle for a dignified, self-determined life in great images of tremendous clarity: Swedish filmmaker Bo Widerberg (1930–1997) left behind a shimmering, multi-faceted oeuvre and was already regarded as one of the most important Swedish directors alongside Ingmar Bergman and Victor Sjöström in his lifetime. Unlike them, however, his work is hardly known outside his home country.

The retrospective runs from April 12–28.

april 2019, arsenal cinema

Magical History Tour: Clothes in Motion – Costumes, Styles and Fashion in Film

This month's Magical History Tour invites audiences to take a look into the studios of international costume-makers, fashion designers and artists from seven decades: White suits, red shoes, black coasts, dark sunglasses – there is many a piece of clothing or accessory to be found over the course of film history that seems to encapsulate an entire film, even outside of its immediate context. Yet even before costumes attain this iconic status, they tell stories within the film, give their wearers new life, conceal hidden depths, create atmospheres, and leave their mark on the look, texture, and often even the soundtrack of films. The dramatic, narrative, and psychological function of costumes in film is undisputed, as is their influence on the zeitgeists, fashion trends, and styles which they call into existence, play a role in, and launch.

april 2019, arsenal cinema

70 mm: SPARTACUS

Loosely based on historical events around 74 BC, Stanley Kubrick’s 1960 film epic tells the story of a slave uprising in ancient Rome, which begins in a gladiators’ school under the leadership of Thracian slave Spartacus and builds into a national movement. This social revolutionary utopia adapted from the novel by Stalin Prize winner and Communist Party member Howard Fast and filmed from a script by Dalton Trumbo was Stanley Kubrick’s breakthrough, who had replaced Anthony Mann following a dispute with leading actor and producer Kirk Douglas after just a few days of shooting. “The only film I didn’t have absolute control of” impressed with its extraordinary visual compositions and choreographed crowd scenes, as well as with its all-star cast, including Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov and Tony Curtis. We are showing the 1991 reconstructed, uncut version on April 7 and 22.

april 2019, berlinale forum

Cinema Release: "La Casa Lobo"

arsenal distribution is releasing LA CASA LOBO (The Wolf House, Chile 2018) by Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña as of April 4. The film is the winner of last year's Caligari award, which enables director Cristóbal León to go on tour with it through cinemas across Germany.

arsenal cinema: Cours, cours, camarade, le vieux monde est derrière toi – 
The Cinema of Med Hondo

06:00 pm Cinema 2


Handsworth Songs

Night Music

Handsworth Songs John Akomfrah UK 1986
DCP OV 59 min
Night Music Stan Brakhage USA 1986
16 mm silent 1 min

Ute Fendler in person
arsenal cinema: Cours, cours, camarade, le vieux monde est derrière toi – 
The Cinema of Med Hondo

07:30 pm Cinema 2


Lights

Lumière noire

*Lights Marie Menken USA 1964–66
Digital file silent 6 min
Lumière noire Black Light Med Hondo France 1994
35 mm OV/EnS 103 min

Madeleine Bernstorff in person
MMaM
arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour – Manifestos and Pamphlets 


08:00 pm Cinema 1


Es

Es Ulrich Schamoni FRG 1966
35 mm 86 min

arsenal cinema: Cours, cours, camarade, le vieux monde est derrière toi – 
The Cinema of Med Hondo

10:00 pm Cinema 1


Borderline

Pourvu qu'on ait l'ivresse

Borderline Kenneth Macpherson UK/Switzerland 1930
35 mm OV 63 min
Pourvu qu'on ait l'ivresse Jean-Daniel Pollet France 1957
35 mm OV 22 min
Print of the Cinémathèque française

Akin Omotoso in person