december 2019, arsenal cinema

Kenji Mizoguchi Retrospective

Famed for the free-flowing glide of his camera movements and the striking beauty of his visual composition; celebrated for the complexity of his minute-long plan sequences and the extraordinary care and precision with which he made landscapes, architectures, and décor into the protagonists of his films; honored both for his early, unflinching social studies as well as his moving, historical melodramas: Kenji Mizoguchi (1898–1956) is undoubtedly one of the greatest directors ever to work in Japanese cinema. He actually only became famous outside Japanese with his later works, following numerous awards at European film festivals for SAIKAKU ICHIDAI ONNA (The Life of Oharu, 1952), UGETSU MONOGATARI (Tales of the Rain and Moon, 1953), and SANSHO DAYU (Sansho the Bailiff, 1954). The possibility of gaining a more comprehensive insight into Mizoguchi’s comprehensive oeuvre – his first films are from the 20s, with his having made over 80 films as a director – thus only offered itself late on and remains only partially possible to this day, as a large part of his early works are lost. Regardless of this, the section of his oeuvre still accessible made Mizoguchi a fixed great within international film history, able to be grasped in numerous ways, zig-zagging through different genres and film studios, and making use of a wide range of formal approaches and themes.

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 29 to January 31, 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.

november 2019, berlinale forum

Cinema Release: "Querência"

On November 21, arsenal distribution is releasing QUERÊNCIA (Homing) by Helvécio Marins Jr., which received its world premiere as part of this year's Forum programme.

The film tells of Marcelo de Sousa, a cowboy in the Brazilian pampa. After he’s unable to prevent a vicious raid on the ranch, which results in a hundred cattle in his charge being stolen, nothing is the same. He becomes depressed and gives up his job. Luckily, he has good friends and a big passion, blossoming in his role as the master of ceremonies at rodeo shows. His rousing rap-style announcements pay homage not only to the cowboy culture but also to the solidarity of the rural community, which has little trust in the country’s political leadership.

The director will be present for screenings in Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg and Berlin.

arsenal cinema: 50 years of dffb

06:30 pm Cinema 1


Umweg

Schweigend ins Gespräch vertieft

Gala

Okiana

*Umweg Ute Aurand, Ulrike Pfeiffer FRG 1982 16 mm 13 min
*Schweigend ins Gespräch vertieft Ute Aurand FRG 1980 16 mm 7 min
*Gala Ulrike Pfeiffer FRG 1983 16 mm 20 min
*Okiana Ute Aurand, Ulrike Pfeiffer FRG 1983 16 mm 31 min

Ute Aurand and Ulrike Pfeiffer in person
arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour: Excess and opulence

07:30 pm Cinema 2


Iwan Grosnyi II

*Iwan Grosnyi IIIvan Grozniy part 2
Sergei M. Eisenstein USSR 1943–46/1958
35 mm OV/GeS 85 min

arsenal cinema: 50 years of dffb

08:30 pm Cinema 1


Mamma Hemmers geht mit ihrem Pastor zum letzten Mal über'n Heinrichplatz: Kreuzberg adiö

Oder was sonst noch geschah

Mamma Hemmers geht mit ihrem Pastor zum letzten Mal über'n Heinrichplatz: Kreuzberg adiö Rosi S.M. FRG 1981 16 mm 8 min
*Oder was sonst noch geschah Lilly Grote FRG 1982 16 mm 65 min

Lilly Grote in person