november 2018, arsenal cinema

AFRIKAMERA 2018: The Horn of Africa

The Horn of Africa region is more known for its armed conflicts and political, social, and humanitarian crises than for its cinema culture. Even if the number of local productions is far more modest than that of the continent’s Francophone countries, a lively film scene has sprung up in recent years.

From November 13-18, AFRIKAMERA 2018 – The Horn of Africa presents a selection of current features and documentaries from and about the region as well as from neighboring East African countries such as Kenya, Uganda, and Ruanda.

november 2018, arsenal cinema

Magical History Tour – 
Letters in Movement

Flowing cascades of signs, rotating words, dancing letters, scratched, embossed, double-exposed, superimposed, animated – from the very beginning of cinema, printed characters have been freed from their static identity and made dynamic in multiple ways. Letters that succumb to movement have very different functions in this new system: they open or close films, act as a commentary or a metaphor (of storytelling), as providers of information or graphic elements, as a dramatic tool or an emotionalizing factor. Writing in film opens up new areas of association, posing questions about visibility and structure, perception and materialism, mise-en-scene and innovation.

This is what we want to explore in this month's Magical History Tour’s excursion into the moving world of letters, presenting examples of how writing has been dealt with in fiction, avant-garde and experimental cinema as well as in "classic" writing or Lettrist films.

november 2018, arsenal cinema

A Tribute to Sergei Parajanov

Armenian-Georgian director and artist Sergei Parajanov (1924-1990) is one of the most fascinating figures in 20th century cinema. Born in Tbilisi to Armenian parents, he grew up there before moving to Moscow to study at the VGIK film school and subsequently worked in the Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan during the Soviet era. The cultures, traditions, folklore, and myths of these countries and regions pervade his films, which continue to impress today thanks to their singular expressive power, unmistakable originality, complex visual compositions, and radically free cinematic forms. Celebrated as an outstanding filmmaker from the mid-60s both at home and beyond, Parajanov’s artistic audacity and multi-faceted approach to culture was met with increasing rejection in the Soviet Union, however. Interventions on the part of the censors were followed by prison terms spanning many years and a filmmaking ban; Parajanov was only able to make two further features once it was finally lifted.

This ten-film tribute, which presents all of Parajanov’s eight still-extant features, including his rarely screened early works, now enables his work to be re-discovered from November 20-30. In cooperation with the Parajanov Museum in Yerevan (Armenia), an exhibition of Parajanov’s artistic works will be on show at the Filmmuseum Potsdam from 1.12. onwards.

november 2018, arsenal cinema

A 37 90 89

The A 37 90 89. The Discovery of the Avant-Garde exhibition project at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) is dedicated to the A 37 90 89 project space that was founded in Antwerp in 1969 and which influenced the alternative project spaces, producer galleries, and participatory initiatives that were to follow it in exemplary fashion. Alongside a collaboration with contemporary project space after the butcher, the project includes a film program realized in collaboration with Arsenal, discussion events, and conversations with people from the time. A monthly film evening will be taking place at Arsenal until January 2019, kicking off on November 22. NOW! (Santiago Álvarez, Cuba 1965) is a montage film put together from stills about the discrimination of African-Americans in the US, edited according to the song of the same name. MADINA BOÉ (José Massip, Cuba 1968) documents Guinea-Bissau’s fight for independence from Portuguese colonial power. Funded by the Capital Cultural Fund.

arsenal cinema: KinoPolska / Guest: Jan P. Matuszyński

07:30 pm Cinema 1


Ostatnia rodzina

Ostatnia rodzina The Last Family Jan P. Matuszyński
Poland 2016 DCP OV/GeS 123 min

Jan P. Matuszyński in person
arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour - Cinema in the Plural

08:00 pm Cinema 2


Die endlose Nacht

*Die endlose Nacht Will Tremper FRG 1962
With Karin Hübner, Harald Leipnitz, Hannelore Elsner
35 mm 86 min