august 2020, arsenal cinema

arsenal 3 – Re-opening on August 15

The arsenal 3 streaming area – www.arsenal-3-berlin.de – continues from August 15 with a new concept aimed at expanding Arsenal’s activities in digital space. First set-up last autumn, the streaming service for Arsenal members was abruptly retooled into a publicly accessible virtual cinema at the start of the lockdown in March: by the end of June, seven programs each comprising around 20 films from the Arsenal collection had been screened there, as well as a festival.

arsenal 3 now presents its new concept in parallel to the ongoing programming at the Arsenal cinemas at Potsdamer Platz: as a space for associations, reactions, and footnotes, the future arsenal 3 program will be making reference to the specific activities being carried out by the institution: to the cinema program, but also to our distribution range or archival work. arsenal 3 is a monthly invitation for you to join us on new excursions and digressions; an experiment aimed at further honing the relationship between analogue cinema and digital space. arsenal 3 can no longer be offered for free, however, with access to the screening service now to be charged at a monthly fee of 11€.

august 2020, arsenal cinema

Retrospective Andrei Tarkovsky

The summer Tarkovsky retrospective is a tradition that has grown dear both to us and our audiences for 40 years now. We are showing the seven feature films by Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky (1932–1986), whose monumental oeuvre exudes a lasting fascination.

august 2020, arsenal cinema

Black Light

The retrospective Black Light of the Locarno Film Festival, curated by Greg de Cuir Jr., which had to be interrupted in March, continues with a selection of 13 films, focusing mainly on those from the US made between the 1910s and 1991. Given the huge quantity and variety of films that explore being black, this selection only offers a rudimentary insight and should be understood as an open suggestion. To what extent can films made in very different contexts be summed up under one heading? “Black cinema can not just be limited to a definition of who is behind or in front of the camera,” says de Cuir. This program is about finding common forms of experiences, but also exploring divisions and issues with regard to racism, self-empowerment and representation. We are very pleased that Greg de Cuir Jr will be with us on the first two evenings of our program. On the second, he will talk with the filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson who is currently a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. “I tried to position this as a retrospective that would be thematic but also geographical in a sense, or at least very international. (…)The first framework was the 20th century. I wanted it to be a retrospective that looks back like a true retrospective and I wanted it to focus on the 20th century for that reason. (...) I didn’t want to focus on Africa because for me, that is a different retrospective that requires a different approach, tools, criteria and ethics. I wanted to focus on what happened after Africa, after people were forced to leave and were situated in different nations and contexts to survive and flourish. What are those situations and what do they look like in film culture across the 20th century? That was the focus. (...) I would say I wanted to do a wide variety of directors that are coming from different nations, different races, different religions, different genders, different ethnicities, who all have in common this investigation and elaboration, this celebration of black cultures and black peoples on screen.(…) I would say that I wanted to bring a sort of survey of the different decades to try to show a little bit of what’s happening in as many decades as possible. (...)”(Greg de Cuir Jr in mubi.com/notebook)”

august 2020, arsenal cinema

Forum 50

The Berlinale Forum is taking place for the 50th time this year and we are celebrating! 21 programs were shown during this year's festival, 22 more were to be presented in March in the Arsenal. Forum 50 will continue in July and August with a selection of five films. This will provide an insight into an era full of upheavals for society and culture and offer the opportunity to examine the films’ relevance today. When Ulrich and Erika Gregor and their co-founders set up the International Forum of Young Cinema, they had a clear sense of the radical changes in cinema, the sociopolitical situation and the necessity of keeping alive film history. Films from countries not yet on the global radar of cinema premiered here, as did films that experimented with form or others without narratives. From the start, no distinction was made between documentary and fictional films; older and re-discovered films stood side by side with films with a political message. Already known classics made references to utopias and cinematic traditions. A large part of the first Forum program comprised works of artistic innovation and political agitation. Many saw themselves as providing “counter-information” to the mainstream media, for example with regard to the Civil Rights Movement or the protests against the Vietnam War. In films that explored (neo-)colonialism and exploitation in South America and Africa, the camera was a tool of the class struggle. Some of the films we are screening are part of our own collection. Since the very beginning, it has been our policy to preserve and make accessible films with German subtitles to a broader public outside of the festival context.

july 2020, arsenal cinema

arsenal 5 at HKW – Heading Outside

July 16 — August 23 2020

The final stage in a series of experiments with the cinema space during the pandemic leads Arsenal to the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. As is the case with arsenal 3 (on the Internet) and arsenal 4 (at silent green), the arsenal 5 program consists almost exclusively of films from the Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art collection.

 

Cinema is a place of possibility and action, also in the open air. For 6 weeks, the films join us on a trip out-side: we head off to collect images in landscapes that have fallen victim to tourism. We unearth images from the ground and from the archives to take them to where they can tell stories. We observe animals who cast a critical gaze at us in return. We explore and traverse the desert as a resonance chamber. And last, but not least, we investigate the inner workings of our host institution as a stage and production site.

A few highlights will bring the program to an end: Ricky Shayne will perform live to coincide with the screen-ing of Stephan Geene’s Film SHAYNE. We will also be presenting a world premiere in the form of Michael Busch’s HOW LONG IS NOW. And finally, archive expert Vaginal Davis and her partner Daniel Hendrickson invite audiences to the final edition of their “Contemporary Vinegar Syndrome” series!

june 2020, arsenal cinema

Online Tickets

Online tickets for Arsenal screenings avalaible here.

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