october 2020, arsenal cinema

It goes on...

From this month on, we will be screening films again on a daily basis albeit in one cinema only, Arsenal 1. In line with the new hygiene concept of the state of Berlin, our cinema now has a maximum capacity of 119 (increasing from 69 previously). To make up for the related reduction in mimumum distance, cinemagoers are requested to keep on their masks also while seated in the cinema. And yet, what better place could there be for Michael Mann’s thrillers and action films, most of which were shot in widescreen, to unfold. While Arsenal 2 has to remain closed for reasons of cost unfortunately, we have revamped our virtual cinema arsenal 3, which will in future relate directly to our institution's activities: the cinema program, Arsenal Distribution and Living Archive, our archival practice based on participation and production. From September 15th to 30th, we dedicating the space to our symposium

and the filmmakers Navina Sundaram, Harun Farocki and Sohrab Shahid Saless, who worked closely with NDR, WDR and ZDF.
september 2020, arsenal cinema

The Professional – Michael Mann Retrospective

The author, director and producer Michael Mann (*1943) is one of the most outstanding US filmmakers of our time. Over the past four decades, he has set new standards in genre cinema with his artistic expression and precise craft. His visually ambitious films, often made in collaboration with the cameraman Dante Spinotti, are characterized by a joyful enthusiasm for movement, an exposed dramaturgy of colors and a particular feel for music. Because of his intensive preparatory work, meticulous research and perfectionism, Mann has frequently been compared to Stanley Kubrick. A central theme of his work is professional ethos; and the definition of people through their jobs, the relationship between work and morals, between work and masculinity, as well as solitude and loneliness, are recurring motifs Arsenal is showing all 12 of Mann's films from September 11-30.

august 2020, transfer

Back Again: Kinozauber

Kinozauber, Arsenal’s film education project for pre-school children, kicked off again: Now that the new school year has started, the artists of Arsenal Filmatelier will finally be able to continue their cooperation with EKT Regenbogen-Kidz and also expand the project to two more kindergartens. The project involves groups of pre-school children making several visits to Arsenal to watch experimental shorts from our collection and engage creatively with aspects such as light, shadow, color, sound, film material and projection.

arsenal cinema: Anatomy of loneliness – The Films of Tsai Ming-liang

07:30 pm Cinema 2

Bu san

Bu san Goodbye, Dragon Inn Taiwan 2003
With Lee Kang-sheng, Chen Shiang-chyi
35 mm OV/EnS 80 min

arsenal cinema: Harun Farocki: Year by Year / Side by Side (1)

08:00 pm Cinema 1

Ost-West: Gespräch mit Heiner Müller

Die Hamletmaschine

Die Schlacht. Szenen aus Deutschland

Ost-West: Gespräch mit Heiner Müller FRG 1981
Digital file 10 min
Die Hamletmaschine Radio production Harun Farocki, Heiner Müller
BRD 1978 21 min
Die Schlacht. Szenen aus Deutschland
The Battle. Scenes from Germany
Harun Farocki, Hanns Zischler FRG 1976 Digital file 52 min

Thomas Heise, Jan Ralske in person
arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour – 
Close-up: The Face

09:00 pm Cinema 2

Sopralluoghi in Palestina (Per 'Il Vangelo Secondo


*Sopralluoghi in Palestina (Per ‚Il Vangelo Secondo
Location Hunting in Palestine
Pier Paolo Pasolini Italy 1963 16 mm OV/GeS 54 min