october 2020, arsenal cinema

Walk on the Wild Side – The Films of Bertrand Bonello

Bertrand Bonello (*1968) is a central figure of contemporary French cinema and internationally known as an unconventional maker of auteur films. His films tell of pornography, prostitution, fashion, terror, decadence, failed utopias, youthful rebellion – and of filmmaking. They take a wide variety of forms: relationship drama, period picture, portrait, thriller, concert documentary, zombie movie. Again and again, Bonello reinvents himself and surprises from film to film, never tying himself down, leaving behind the tried and true in favor of seeking contrast and taking risks. An overview of his widely differing films nonetheless reveals a cohesive oeuvre. A trained musician, Bonello not only writes and directs, he also creates the scores for each his films. Music plays an immense role in all of his works, and is often used anachronistically. On the narrative level, there are repeated jumps in time, between past and present and between parts of a story, or in the achronological arrangement of scenes. His frequent use of split screens also testifies to an unusual handling of temporality and brings with it an impressive aesthetic effect, as does the recurring insertion of dates in the image. Narratively, an interest in the unfathomable in people and relationships can be recognized in his films, as well as an increasing affinity for genre cinema, both of which can result in disturbing elements at times. The fact that his films often depict a closed world or hermetic places, if not situated fully indoors like a chamber drama, does not mean that the outside is irrelevant; on the contrary, social conditions are always negotiated. All of this is done with great elegance.

From October 2-25, Arsenal will show a retrospective of nine feature-length and six short films made by Bonello between 1998 and 2020, including a short made during the recent pandemic lockdown titled OÙ EN ÊTES-VOUS? NUMÉRO 2. Bonello himself also appears in a role in Antoine Barraud’s LE DOS ROUGE. Due to travel restrictions, Bertrand Bonello won't be able to join the opening weekend in person. Instead Q&As will be held via skype after both screenings.

september 2020, arsenal cinema

It goes on...

From this month on, we will be screening films again on a daily basis albeit in one cinema only, Arsenal 1. In line with the new hygiene concept of the state of Berlin, our cinema now has a maximum capacity of 119 (increasing from 69 previously). To make up for the related reduction in mimumum distance, cinemagoers are requested to keep on their masks also while seated in the cinema. And yet, what better place could there be for Michael Mann’s thrillers and action films, most of which were shot in widescreen, to unfold. While Arsenal 2 has to remain closed for reasons of cost unfortunately, we have revamped our virtual cinema arsenal 3, which will in future relate directly to our institution's activities: the cinema program, Arsenal Distribution and Living Archive, our archival practice based on participation and production. From September 15th to 30th, we dedicating the space to our symposium

and the filmmakers Navina Sundaram, Harun Farocki and Sohrab Shahid Saless, who worked closely with NDR, WDR and ZDF.
september 2020, arsenal cinema

The Professional – Michael Mann Retrospective

The author, director and producer Michael Mann (*1943) is one of the most outstanding US filmmakers of our time. Over the past four decades, he has set new standards in genre cinema with his artistic expression and precise craft. His visually ambitious films, often made in collaboration with the cameraman Dante Spinotti, are characterized by a joyful enthusiasm for movement, an exposed dramaturgy of colors and a particular feel for music. Because of his intensive preparatory work, meticulous research and perfectionism, Mann has frequently been compared to Stanley Kubrick. A central theme of his work is professional ethos; and the definition of people through their jobs, the relationship between work and morals, between work and masculinity, as well as solitude and loneliness, are recurring motifs Arsenal is showing all 12 of Mann's films from September 11-30.

august 2020, transfer

Back Again: Kinozauber

Kinozauber, Arsenal’s film education project for pre-school children, kicked off again: Now that the new school year has started, the artists of Arsenal Filmatelier will finally be able to continue their cooperation with EKT Regenbogen-Kidz and also expand the project to two more kindergartens. The project involves groups of pre-school children making several visits to Arsenal to watch experimental shorts from our collection and engage creatively with aspects such as light, shadow, color, sound, film material and projection.

arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour - Cinema in the Plural

07:30 pm Cinema 2


Winter Soldier

*Winter Soldier Winterfilm Collective USA 1972
16 mm OV/GeS 96 min

arsenal cinema: Georgian Cinema - 
From the Arsenal Collection

08:00 pm Cinema 1


Buba

Kreditis limiti

Buba Noutsa Gogoberidse USSR 1930
DCP engl. Intertitles 39 min
Kreditis limiti Line of Credit Salomé Alexi Georgia/France 2014
DCP Georgian OV/EnS 85 min

Salomé Alexi and Lana Gogoberidse in person