december 2018, arsenal cinema

Leo McCarey Retrospective

Leo McCarey (1896–1969) was one of Hollywood’s most successful directors in the 30s and 40s, drawing on his great talent for comic and timing and a predilection for improvisation to make some of the most beautiful films of the classical Hollywood era, a unique blend of emotion, humor, vitality, and humanity. Yet despite this success and the admiration of such directorial colleagues as Frank Capra, Jean Eustache, John Ford, Howard Hawks, Ernst Lubitsch, Jean Renoir, Alain Resnais, and François Truffaut, Leo McCarey is almost unknown today. From December 6 - 30, ee are showing a selection of his comprehensive oeuvre in collaboration with the Locarno Film Festival.


december 2018, arsenal cinema

Magical History Tour - Theatre and Film

The relationship between film and theater oscillates between proximity and distance, inspiration and emancipation. Despite all thoughts of competition, the need for aesthetic and formal independence and the vehement refusal of particular artistic traditions – all aspects which characterized the relationship between film and theater at the beginning of the 20th century – the theatre offers a pool of subjects, models and forms as comprehensive as it is complex, via which the older medium repeatedly inscribes itself within film history. Approaching this relationship from the other way around, film also plays no small part in the "myth of theater" and has opened up long-concealed theatrical spaces and dynamics to the (theater) audience.

We have collected several examples of the diverse connections between theater and film in this month's Magical History Tour, which span various different film historical periods, genres and styles. They draw on the wide-ranging potential of theater within cinema – theater as a source of inspiration or a microcosm, bringing together life and the stage and fiction and reality, blurring boundaries whilst also sometimes seeming to mirror the very world itself.

december 2018, living archive

Vaginal Davis presents Contemporary Vinegar Syndrome followed by Late Night Fermentation Salon by Wu Tsang

“It’s unclear whether the longing for a white Christmas is now being taken seriously, or whether it’s supposed to be denounced.” (Harun Farocki): On December 16, Vaginal Davis and Daniel Hendrickson present the agit-prop short WHITE CHRISTMAS (West Germany 1968) together with Michael Curtiz’s musical of the same name (USA 1954). While Farocki juxtaposes Bing Crosby’s mawkish Christmas song with footage of the Vietnam War, Michael Curtiz’ classic tells the story of two former war comrades who have now become a successful Broadway duo. They have to help their former general out of a jam. His hotel is chronically under-booked, with a Christmas show supposed to get business going again.


What’s special this time round: Contemporary Vinegar Syndrome is taking place at the Gropius Bau at the invitation of Wu Tsang, In House: Artist in Residence 2018! After the screening, Wu Tsang and Liz Rosenfeld will receive guests at their late-night fermentation salon with cocktails and other specialties. As always, we look forward to seeing members of the Arsenal Freundeskreis and those who maybe want to join!

november 2018, berlinale forum

Cinema Release: "Yours in Sisterhood"

arsenal distribution is releasing YOURS IN SISTERHOOD by Irene Lusztig as of December 6, another film which premiered at this year's Forum.

Irene Lusztig’s documentary set-up succeeds in bringing a wealth of experiences from an earlier generation of the feminist movement into a complex dialogue with the present: In the film women from all walks of life read out and comment upon letters originally sent to the liberal feminist magazine “Ms.” in the 70s in a range of everyday locations across the US.

arsenal cinema: Film:ReStored_02: The Festival of Film Preservation

11:00 am Cinema 1

Zwei unter Millionen

*Zwei unter Millionen Victor Vicas, Wieland Liebske
FRG 1961 DCP 95 min

Introduced by Julia Wallmüller (Deutsche Kinemathek)
arsenal cinema: Film:ReStored_02: The Festival of Film Preservation

02:00 pm Cinema 1

Das Unheil

Das Unheil Peter Fleischmann FRG 1972
DCP 110 min

arsenal cinema: Film:ReStored_02: The Festival of Film Preservation

04:30 pm Cinema 1



Progress report: The author as producer. Andres Veiel (Filmmaker),
Julia Wallmüller (Deutsche Kinemathek)
17.00: *Balagan Andres Veiel Germany/F 1993 DCP 96 min

arsenal cinema: Female Gazes from Georgia - Contemporary Documentaries

06:30 pm Cinema 2

On the Move


On the Move Tsira Gvasalia
Georgia 2013 DCP OV/EnS 50 min
Altzaney Nino Orjonikidze Georgia 2009
Beta SP OV/EnS 30 min

Nino Orjonikidze in person
arsenal cinema: Film:ReStored_02: The Festival of Film Preservation

07:30 pm Cinema 1

Ulf Drechsel und Gudy Fichelscher legen auf!



Ulf Drechsel und Gudy Fichelscher legen auf!
Der Journalist im Gespräch mit Tobbys Frau über Jazz mit Tracks aus den 60ern
20.15: *Tobby Hansjürgen Pohland
FRG 1961 DCP 75 min
*Schatten Hansjürgen Pohland FRG 1960
35 mm 9 min

arsenal cinema: Female Gazes from Georgia - Contemporary Documentaries

09:00 pm Cinema 2

Un dragon dans les eaux pures du Caucase

Un dragon dans les eaux pures du Caucase
The Pipeline Next Door Nino Kirtadze F/Georgia 2005
Beta SP Georgian OV/EnS 90 min