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, 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: FU Seminar Found Footage Film: Theory and practice

04:30 pm Cinema 2


Permanent Wave



De oppresso liber

Rohfilm / Raw Film


Dream Documentary

Covert Action

Perfect Film

Home Stories

A Tall Tale

*Kipho Guido Seeber D 1925 16 mm 5 min
*Permanent Wave Anita Thacher USA 1966 16 mm 4 min
*Handtinting Joyce Wieland Canada 1967 16 mm  6 min
*Report Bruce Conner USA 1963–67 16 mm OV13 min
*De oppresso liber Carlos Bustamante FRD 1968 16 mm 5 min
Rohfilm / Raw Film Birgit & Wilhelm Hein FRD 1968 16 mm 22 min
*Men Cathy Joritz USA 1980 16 mm OV 2 min
*Dream Documentary Fred Marx USA 1982 16 mm OV 6 min
*Covert Action Abigail Child USA 1984 16 mm OV 10 min
*Perfect Film Ken Jacobs USA 1986 16 mm OV 22 min
*Home Stories Matthias Müller D 1991 16 mm 6 min
*A Tall Tale Maya Schweizer D 2017 DCP 16 min

arsenal cinema: Filmmakers' Choice – Odyssey and cosmic resonance

07:00 pm Cinema 2

La cabale des oursins

Corpus Callosum

*La cabale des oursins
Luc Moullet France 1992 16 mm OV/GeS 17 min
*Corpus Callosum Michael Snow Canada 2002
Beta SP Engl. OV 92 min

Presented by Lucile Desamory
arsenal cinema: Three films by Sadao Yamanaka

08:00 pm Cinema 1

Kochiyama Soshun

Kochiyama Soshun
Priest of Darkness Japan 1936 With Setsuko Hara
35 mm OV/EnS 81 min