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.

arsenal cinema: 9. ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin

07:00 pm Cinema 2


Mein Paradies

Mein Paradies My Paradise Ekrem Heydo
Germany/Kurdistan-Syria 2016
DCP OV/GeS 104 min

Followed by a discussion with Ekrem Heydo
arsenal cinema: 9. ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin

07:30 pm Cinema 1


Mayyel Ya Ghzayyel

Mayyel Ya Ghzayyel Those Who Remain
Eliane Raheb Lebanon 2016
DCP OV/EnS 95 min

Followed by a discussion with Eliane Raheb
arsenal cinema: 9. ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin

09:15 pm Cinema 2


A Drowning Man

Fifteen

Land of our Fathers

Bonboné

Law of the Lamb

Short film program Unknown Distance
A Drowning Man Mahdi Fleifel
Denmark/UK/Greece 2017 DCP OV/EnS 15 min
Fifteen Sameh Alaa Egypt/Belgium 2017
DCP OV/EnS 11 min
Land of our Fathers Ulaa Salim
Jordan/Denmark 2017 DCP OV/EnS 29 min
Bonboné Rakan Mayasi Palestine/Lebanon 2017
DCP OV/EnS 15 min
Law of the Lamb Lotfi Achour Tunisia/F 2016
DCP OV/EnS 15 min

arsenal cinema: 9. ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin

09:30 pm Cinema 1


Vent du Nord

Vent du Nord Northern Wind Walid Mattar
Belgium/France/Tunisia 2017
DCP OV/EnS 89 min