october 2019, arsenal cinema

Lynne Ramsay Retrospective

Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsay (*1969) has made a name for herself with her uncompromising work within the more artistically-minded realm of contemporary cinema. Her films grapple with the dark depths of childhood and adolescence, dysfunctional family structures, and traumatic events. Their main interest is the inner lives of their characters, even as they sidestep classical psychology. Whether in the working-class milieu of Scotland, American middle-class suburbia or the New York underworld, the focus is always on guilt, loss or farewells and the lasting impression left by the parent-child relationship. Their approach to their literary antecedents is unusual, their narration elliptical, and their images are often fragmentary. The social realist basis of the films always leaves enough space for moments of magic and lyricism. The use of music is particularly notable, which equally points beyond the social realities being represented.

The retrospective at Arsenal from October 12-23, brings together Lynne Ramsay’s feature films and shorts from 1996–2017. All four features received their world premiere at the Cannes film festival and have received numerous prizes, with such unusual actors as Samantha Morton, Tilda Swinton, Joaquin Phoenix, and John C. Reilly to be found in the leading roles.

october 2019, arsenal cinema

Spring on the Korean Peninsula: Korean Cinema 1934–1962

The first ever Korean film production – Uirijeuk gutu (The Righteous Revenge, Kim Do-san) – was shown in Korean cinemas in 1919. To coincide with the 100-year anniversary of Korean cinema, we are showing a program curated by Sulgi Lie and Ansgar Vogt from October 17 - 31, which sets its sights on the largely unknown first period of Korean film history. It presents eleven films made between 1934 and 1962 – before the final consolidation of the South Korean film industry in the early 60s – on the Korean peninsula. Few films were made in Korea under Japanese colonial rule (1910–1945). During the Korean War (1950–1953), significant parts of the Korean film industry were also destroyed. What is preserved and still accessible from early Korean film heritage impresses due to its diverse spectrum of different genres, moving between melodrama, coming-of-age stories, war films, comedies, and film noirs. The connecting element between the films in the program is their often highly independent female characters, who attempt to claim their autonomy against social repressions of all kinds.

october 2019, arsenal cinema

Film:ReStored_04. The Film Heritage Festival

This year’s edition of the film heritage festival “Film:ReStored”, running from October 24-27, is dedicated to film sound. Examples from sonic film history stemming from gramophone records to four-channel magnetic sound as well as digital technologies that seek to come as close as possible to original noises are to be presented. Films that survive in different sound versions also represent a sound-related problem at a different level. One example here are Hans Richter’s experimental silent films from the 20s, for which he also created soundtracks later on. Audio descriptions for the visually impaired are a special kind of soundtrack and are increasingly often available for historical films too. Examples of successful audio descriptions will be presented and can be experienced by the audience.

october 2019, arsenal cinema

Magical History Tour:
 Of Forms and Figures – Choreographies in Film

People arranged in space, the orchestration of objects, even compositions of facial expressions or gestures – sequences of movements that merge into cinematic choreographies appear in a wide range of forms and in nearly all genres. Even if dancing doesn’t always take place directly, they always contain some element of dance: choreographies in film create rhythm, abstraction, stylization, visual spaces, and webs of relationships, reflect stasis and movement, forge an often physical cinema.

october 2019, transfer

Seven Things that Happened While You Were Sleeping: Reflecting on Traces, Documents and Archives

The archive — traditionally defined as a repository or ordered system of documents — has incessantly played a significant role in the construction of historical knowledge. Manifesting itself in various forms of traces, it remains until today the primary site for storing, retrieving and interpreting the past. But how could the archive account for all the moments that have not been recorded, the moments of which there has not been a physical trace as such?

The 10-week workshop is participatory, discussion-based, multi-disciplinary and open to artists, writers and researchers with interest and/or experience in the subject matter. Sessions will start on October 15 and will take place weekly through December 17 every Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm at silent green Kulturquartier.

october 2019, berlinale forum

New Cinema Releases: "Bait" and "Weitermachen Sanssouci"

arsenal distribution is releasing Mark Jenkin's BAIT as of October 24. The film received its world premiere as part of this year's Forum programme, where it was hailed by audiences and critics alike.

Another contribution to this year's Forum, WEITERMACHEN SANSSOUCI by Max Linz, will be released simultaneously by Filmgalerie 451.

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