november 2019, arsenal cinema

Working to Remember – The Films of Rithy Panh

Seven years ago, three films from the “Golden Age” of Cambodian cinema (1960–1975) received their first public screenings in decades at the Berlinale Forum. Filmmakers Ly Bun Yim and Tea Lim Koun were there in person. Only around 30 of the 400 films made in these 15 years survived the rule of the Khmer Rouge. Coming to terms with this terrible era, which took the lives of more than 1.7 million people, is the central theme of the films of director Rithy Panh, to whom we are dedicating a ten-film retrospective from November 1-23.

 

 

 

 

november 2019, arsenal cinema

Magical History Tour – Excess and Opulence 


We are focusing on grand gestures for this month's Magical History Tour - on films located in the space between excess and opulence, whose exuberance is manifested either by the director's unlimited personal involvement or by an unfettered artistic vision. However, opulence and excess are by no means an end in themselves, but instead represent the expression of a desire for change asserting itself against manifold constraints and obstacles. Our program features films committed to absolute realism alongside ones that find their appropriate form in extreme stylization.

november 2019, arsenal cinema

Gaumont: Since There Was Cinema

Established in 1895, Gaumont isn’t just the first ever film concern to be founded worldwide.

 

With over 1500 titles, Gaumont also possesses one of the largest catalogues of French films, including works by Abel Gance, René Clair, Louis Feuillade, Jean Renoir, Max Ophüls, Robert Bresson, Georges Franju, Jean Grémillon, René Clément, Jean-Pierre Melville, Jacques Doillon, Jean-Luc Godard, Maurice Pialat, Jean Vigo, and Louis Malle.

 

From November 29 to January 31, a guest exhibition will be hosted at the Maison de France of the Institut français at Kurfürstendamm 211 entitled “Gaumont: Since There Was Cinema”. The exhibition is an invitation to take a journey through the history of the company and film history itself, presenting original props, costumes, film posters, film music, and film excerpts. A “hackathon” workshop to be held from November 19th -25th also offers eight participants the opportunity to digitally reinterpret Gaumont classics, with the results to be shown afterwards at the exhibition.

 

As part of the French Film Week from November 28th to December 4th, Arsenal is accompanying the exhibition by screening a selection of classics from French film history together with some of the firm’s more recent productions. A comprehensive program of titles from the Gaumont catalogue will follow in February.

november 2019, berlinale forum

Cinema Release: "Querência"

On November 21, arsenal distribution is releasing QUERÊNCIA (Homing) by Helvécio Marins Jr., which received its world premiere as part of this year's Forum programme.

The film tells of Marcelo de Sousa, a cowboy in the Brazilian pampa. After he’s unable to prevent a vicious raid on the ranch, which results in a hundred cattle in his charge being stolen, nothing is the same. He becomes depressed and gives up his job. Luckily, he has good friends and a big passion, blossoming in his role as the master of ceremonies at rodeo shows. His rousing rap-style announcements pay homage not only to the cowboy culture but also to the solidarity of the rural community, which has little trust in the country’s political leadership.

The director will be present for screenings in Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg and Berlin.

november 2019, living archive

Arsenal Became a FIAF Associate

The committee of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) decided to accept Arsenal as an Associate. The FIAF is an association of international film archives, whose members are dedicated to the preservation, collection, restoration and distribution of film. This membership means a great deal to Arsenal, which will be able to expand its international network, exchange ideas with other FIAF member institutes about the preservation and restoration of films and participate in contemporary debates about archival work.

Thanks to projects such as "Living Archive – Archive Work as a Contemporary Artistic and Curatorial Practice" (2011–2013) or "Archive außer sich" which is currently part of HKW’s "The New Alphabet" project, an intense exchange with German and international film archives has developed over the past few years, giving rise to a number of further academic, curatorial and artistic projects. The cooperation with archives in Africa and the Arab world is currently central, as is that with other FIAF members and associates such as as the DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum (Frankfurt am Main), the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna, Austria), the National Film Archive of India (Pune, India) or the National Film, Video and Sound Archive (Jos, Nigeria).

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