january 2020, arsenal cinema

Federico & Marcello – The films of Federico Fellini starring Marcello Mastroianni

Federico Fellini (1920–1993) was one of the most significant personalities of Italian cinema and contributed to film history with his very personal and poetic narrative style. To cele-brate his 100th birthday, the Italian Cultural Institute in Berlin is presenting an exhibition entitled “Fellini/Mastroianni/Alter Ego”. Running from 16th January to 29th February, it will feature hitherto unreleased photographs of the director and his favorite actor Marcello Mastroianni. Arsenal will show 35mm prints of the five films that the two friends made to-gether between 1960 and 1987.

january 2020, arsenal cinema

Kenji Mizoguchi Retrospective

In January, we pursue our Kenji Mizoguchi retrospective with nine more films, including some, which are – unjustifiably – less known, as well as works made during the Second World War and in the immediate post-war era. Up to 1945, the Japanese government maintained control over the film industry. After the war, the US occupiers promoted “de-mocracy” and “emancipation” through film. Mizoguchi, for his part, developed a radical and acute criticism of Japan’s rigid social conventions, its patriarchal structures, and the oppression of women early on in his career. However, the harshness and drama of some of the scenes in his post-war films are particularly striking – they are the eloquent expression of the profound uncertainty that prevailed in Japanese society.

january 2020, arsenal cinema

Magical History Tour – Make Them Laugh

“Make them laugh!” – The Lumière brothers seemingly already made this appeal their own: the first laugh in film history can be seen in the short sketch L’arroseur arrosé from 1895. Now, 125 years later, cinema has diversified and amplified, declined and manipulated, laughter, run through all its possible categories and pushed it in infinite different directions. We no longer just laugh at comedies – pars pro toto, one can mention here the classical "comic relief", when tension, fear or grief, all these emotions, reach a highpoint and suddenly dissolve in a moment of laughter. Apart from films by and starring great comics, the program also turns its attention to the apparent (no less amusing) byways of film history and all the many variations of the laugh, whether it stems from liberation or unease, bursts out from the throat or ends up sticking there, or comes across as uncontrollable or cryptic.

january 2020, berlinale forum

50th Berlinale Forum: Galloping between Different Eras

The Berlinale Forum is celebrating its anniversary: 50 years of dedication to independent, adventurous, daring cinema. A perfect opportunity to look back at the past, celebrate what’s been achieved and think about what the future will bring. This dual gaze - backwards and forwards at the same time – characterises numerous films in the programme. Only those aware of what was can shape what will come.

january 2020, berlinale forum

15th Forum Expanded: Part of the Problem

The new decade begins at a time which has produced a great deal of speechlessness and thus a need for ever clearer words to be found. How does such a present change the curatorial gaze? What is the role of cinema and art?

39 installations and films are dedicated to such themes as migration, racism, sexism, state violence, capitalism, colonialism, extractivism, the climate crisis, fears of the future, the loss of history and more. But above all, they also refer to themselves as being part of the wider structure from which they emerged.

december 2019, berlinale forum

The Berlinale Forum and Forum Expanded Present Their 2020 Anniversary Programme

The Berlinale Forum takes place for the 50th time in 2020. In collaboration with Forum Expanded, the section will be presenting the films shown in the year it was founded to celebrate this anniversary. Bringing the 1971 programme back to the big screen offers a way of examining an era as eventful in society as it was in culture. The relationship between the films, their historical context, and our own present day will form the subject of a day of panel discussions on February 27, 2020.

december 2019, berlinale forum

First Works Confirmed for Forum Expanded

Al-Houbut (The Landing) by Akram Zaatari

The selection of the 15th Forum Expanded is nearly complete. Works already con-firmed include new films by Ana Vaz and Akram Zaatari and installations by Filipa César, Kika Thorne, Joe Namy, Forensic Architecture and The Otolith Group.

Following last year’s successful inaugural show at silent green Kulturquartier, this year’s group exhibition will be taking place there at the underground Betonhalle once again.

 

arsenal cinema: la > x

10:15 am Cinema 1


Untitled (the Great Society) II

Farocki

Junior War

Hit Wave

Spiral of Time Documentary FilmUntil, Until, Until...

Baldessari sings LeWitt

() Parenthesis

Los Angeles

Welcoming address and opening of the festival: Marc Glöde
10.30: Untitled (the Great Society) II Rodney McMillian 2006 3 min
Preacher Man Rodney McMillian 2015 6 min
Untitled  (Sheet Performance) Rodney McMillian 2005 4 min
A Song For Nat Rodney McMillian 2012 6 min
Untitled  (The Great Society) II Rodney McMillian 2006 16 min
A Migration Tale Rodney McMillian 2014–2015 10 min
Courtesy by Susanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles Projects
11.30: Farocki James Benning 2014 77 min
Courtesy by Neugerriemschneider
13.00: A Family Finds Entertainment Ryan Trecartin 2004 40 min
Junior War
Ryan Trecartin 2013 25 min
Courtesy by Regen Projects, Los Angeles, and Sprüth Magers
14.30: Hit Wave Alex Hubbard 2012 5 min
Courtesy by Galerie Neu
Federal Building
Julie Becker 2002 29 min
Courtesy by Estate and Greene Naftali, New York
New Wave Theatre With Peter Ivers Vol. 1
Peter Ivers 1982 28 min
15.30: Rainbow Party on 70mm Film Jennifer West 2008 1 min
A 70mm Film Wearing Thick Heavy Black Liquid Eyeliner that Gets Smeary
Jennifer West 2008 1 min
Salt Crystals Spiral Jetty Dead Sea Five Year Film
Jennifer West 2013 1 min
Spiral of Time Documentary Film
Jennifer West 2013 9 min
Pink Beach Red Desert Dream Sand Film
Jennifer West 2017 4 min
Film Title Poem (Special short version)
Jennifer West 2016 35 min
Courtesy by Marc Foxx
Jennifer West in person
16.30: Until, Until, Until... Edgar Arceneaux 2015 30 min
Courtesy bySusanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles Projects
Edgar Arceneaux in person
17.30:  Statements and projections – Talk: 50 Jahre Partner Cities Berlin / LA
18.15: Baldessari sings LeWitt John Baldessari 1972 13 min
Courtesy bySprüth Magers
18.45: () Parenthesis Morgan Fisher 2003 21 min
Picture and Sound Rushes
Morgan Fisher 1973 11 min
() Parenthesis
Morgan Fisher 2003 21 min
Courtesy by Buchholz
Morgan Fisher in person
19.45: Statements and projections – Artist talk: "What is political?"
20.30: Los Angeles Sarah Morris 2004 27 min
Courtesy by Capitain Petzel
21.00: Concert: Stephen Prina
Free admission

arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour – 
Close-up: The Face

07:30 pm Cinema 2


The Scarlet Empress

*The Scarlet Empress Josef von Sternberg USA 1934
With Marlene Dietrich
35 mm OV 110 min