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: Darkroom: Love, Cinema. For Martin Dannecker

02:00 pm Cinema 2


Un chant d'amour

Sternenschauer

Studio Bankside

14, Binar Garden

Song for Rent

Thèmes et variations

Scorpio Rising

Un chant d’amour Jean Genet F 1950 16 mm silent 26 min
*Sternenschauer Matthias Müller D 1994 16 mm 2 min
Studio Bankside Derek Jarman UK 1972 Digital file 7 min
14, Binar Garden Teo Hernandez F 1968 Beta SP silent 9 min
*Song for Rent Jack Smith USA 1969 16 mm 5 min
Thèmes et variations Germaine Dulac F 1929 35 mm silent 9 min
*Scorpio Rising Kenneth Anger USA 1964 Digital file 29 min

Martin Dannecker in person, presented by Karola Gramann and Heide Schlüpmann (Kinothek Asta Nielsen)
arsenal cinema: Female Artists' Program

05:30 pm Cinema 2


Textiles Prozessieren (AT)

Voices (AT)

Einbrennen von Mustern / Burning-in Patterns

Textiles Prozessieren (AT) Anette Rose 30 min
Voices (AT) Clarissa Thieme Performance/Reading 20 min
Einbrennen von Mustern / Burning-in Patterns Lisa Rave D 2015 Digital file 22 min
Admission free

Followed by a discussion with the filmmakers
arsenal cinema: Retrospective: Pascale Ferran

07:00 pm Cinema 1


Lady Chatterley

Lady Chatterley Pascale Ferran Belgium/France 2006
With Marina Hands, Jean-Louis Coulloc’h, Hippolyte Girardot
35 mm OV/GeS 161 min

Followed by a discussion with Pascale Ferran
arsenal cinema: Female Artists' Program

07:30 pm Cinema 2


Steht noch dahin

Übersetzen / Überleben

Steht noch dahin Melissa Dullius Film & Reading 16 mm 15 min
Übersetzen / Überleben Meggie Schneider 30 min
Admisison free

Followed by a discussion with the filmmakers
arsenal cinema: Female Artists' Program

09:30 pm Cinema 2


Frozen Conflict (AT)

Chasing Houses / Häuser jagen

Frozen Conflict (AT) Steffi Wurster
work-in-progress, excerpts Digital file 15 min
Chasing Houses / Häuser jagen Justin Time 2017 DCP 60 min
Admission free

Followed by a discussion with the filmmakers