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: FU-Seminar: Autofiction

05:00 pm Cinema 2


Afrique sur Seine

An Avantgarde Home Movie

Notebook

All my Life

Fuses

Subjektitüde

Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe

*Afrique sur Seine Jacques Mélo Kane, Mamadou Sarr, Paulin
Soumanou Vieyra France 1957 16 mm 21 min
*An Avantgarde Home Movie Stan Brakhage USA 1961 16 mm 4 min
*Notebook Marie Menken USA 1962 16 mm 11 min
*All my Life Bruce Baillie USA 1966 16 mm 3 min
*Fuses Carolee Schneeman USA 1965–1968 16 mm 22 min
*Subjektitüde Helke Sander FRG 1970 16 mm 5 min
*Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe Les Blank USA 1980 16 mm 20 min

arsenal cinema: FilmDokument: Looking for the Traces of a History of the Individual. 
Helke Misselwitz's Student Films

07:00 pm Cinema 2


Verstecken

Ein Leben

Die fidele Bäckerin

Verstecken Helke Misselwitz GDR 1979 Digital file 9 min
Ein Leben Helke Hoffmann GDR 1980 Digital file 30 min
Die fidele Bäckerin Helke Misselwitz GDR 1982 Digital file 59 min

Introduced by Ralf Forster
arsenal cinema: AFRIKAMERA 2017: Talking about Sahel

07:30 pm Cinema 1


Wúlu

Wúlu Daouda Coulibaly Mali/France 2016
DCP OV/EnS 95 min

Opening Protagonist Ibrahim Koma in person