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.

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: Frank Capra Retrospective (2)

07:00 pm Cinema 1


Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town USA 1936
With Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, George Bancroft, Lionel Stander
35 mm OV/GeS 115 min
Preserved by the Library of Congress

arsenal cinema: Public Screening—the Harun Farocki Institute Presents

07:30 pm Cinema 2


Hurra für Frau E.

Dark Spring

*Hurra für Frau E. Günter Peter Straschek FRG 1967 16 mm 7 min
*Dark Spring Ingemo Engström FRG 1970 16 mm 92 min

Presented by Harun Farocki Institut
arsenal cinema: Frank Capra Retrospective (2)

09:15 pm Cinema 1


Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington USA 1939
With James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold
35 mm OV/GeS 125 min
Preserved by the Library of Congress