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


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: SchoolCinemaWeeks 2017

10:00 am Cinema 1

Barakah Meets Barakah

*Barakah Meets Barakah Mahmoud Sabbagh Saudi Arabia 2016
DCP OV/GeS 88 min
For schools
Registration at: www.schulkinowochen-berlin.de

Moderated by Stefanie Schlüter
arsenal cinema: FU-Seminar: Autofiction

05:00 pm Cinema 2

A + B In Ontario

Warten auf Halley

Sally's Beauty Spot

Ein Film über den Arbeiter

Fragen an meinen Vater

*A + B In Ontario Joyce Wieland, Hollis Frampton
USA 1984 16 mm 16 min
*Warten auf Halley Angelika Levi FRG 1986 DVD 9 min
*Sally’s Beauty Spot Helen Lee USA 1990 16 mm 13 min
*Ein Film über den Arbeiter Stefan Hayn Germany 1997 16 mm 22 min
*Fragen an meinen Vater Konrad Mühe Germany 2011 DCP 22 min

arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour
 – Painting in Motion

07:30 pm Cinema 2

Painters Painting

*Painters Painting Emile de Antonio USA 1972
16 mm OV 117 min

arsenal cinema: Harun Farocki: Year by Year / Side by Side (3)

08:00 pm Cinema 1


Schlagworte – Schlagbilder. Ein Gespräch mit Vilém Flusser

Die Teilung aller Tage (Kurzfassung)

Learning to See Images
*Auvico Harun Farocki, Hartmut Bitomsky FRG 1970
Digital file 20 min
Schlagworte – Schlagbilder. Ein Gespräch mit Vilém Flusser
FRG 1986 Digital file OV/EnS 13 min
Die Teilung aller Tage (Short version)
Harun Farocki, Hartmut Bitomsky FRG 1970
Digital file OV/EnS 33 min

Opening Ute Holl, Tom Holert in person