may 2019, arsenal cinema

Guest: Lana Gogoberidze

The German translation of the autobiography of the Georgian director Lana Gogoberidze (*1928) has just been published, with the title “Ich trank Gift wie kachetischen Wein” (“I drank poison like Kakhetian wine”). We will present the book at a reading followed by a screening of RAMDENIME INTERVIU PIRAD SAKITCHEBZE (Some Interviews on Personal Matters, Lana Gogoberidze, USSR/Georgia 1978), which was recently released on DVD. In the film, a journalist called Sofiko interviews all kinds of women about their lives and desires, while at the same time trying herself to find a fragile balance between professional fulfillment and family-related duties. With great sensitivity, Lana Gogoberidze uses a documentary-esque style and dynamic camera movements to tell the story of how the personal and the political are intertwined. Focused on the daily struggle of an emancipated woman, the film is considered one of the first feminist films made in the Soviet Union. (al) (1.5.)

april 2019, arsenal cinema

Life at Any Price –
 Bo Widerberg Retrospective

Passionate rebellion and his desperate need to tell stories at any cost brought him to film, realizing his vision of a cinema combining social engagement and romantic devotion in his 13 features, shaping, examining, and celebrating humankind’s struggle for a dignified, self-determined life in great images of tremendous clarity: Swedish filmmaker Bo Widerberg (1930–1997) left behind a shimmering, multi-faceted oeuvre and was already regarded as one of the most important Swedish directors alongside Ingmar Bergman and Victor Sjöström in his lifetime. Unlike them, however, his work is hardly known outside his home country.

The retrospective runs from April 12–28.

april 2019, arsenal cinema

Magical History Tour: Clothes in Motion – Costumes, Styles and Fashion in Film

This month's Magical History Tour invites audiences to take a look into the studios of international costume-makers, fashion designers and artists from seven decades: White suits, red shoes, black coasts, dark sunglasses – there is many a piece of clothing or accessory to be found over the course of film history that seems to encapsulate an entire film, even outside of its immediate context. Yet even before costumes attain this iconic status, they tell stories within the film, give their wearers new life, conceal hidden depths, create atmospheres, and leave their mark on the look, texture, and often even the soundtrack of films. The dramatic, narrative, and psychological function of costumes in film is undisputed, as is their influence on the zeitgeists, fashion trends, and styles which they call into existence, play a role in, and launch.

arsenal cinema: 9. ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin

07:00 pm Cinema 2

The Shield that I Carry

Salamat from Germany

Missed Fortunes

Cleaning Schaerbeek

The President’s Visit

Short film program Lebanon: Wild at Heart
The Shield that I Carry Basma Farhat Lebanon 2017
DCP OV/EnS 18 min
Salamat from Germany Rami Khodei Lebanon 2017
DCP OV/EnS 17 min
Missed Fortunes Jihad Marhaba Lebanon 2017
DCP OV/EnS 13 min
Cleaning Schaerbeek Farah Kassem Lebanon/Belgium 2017
DCP OV/EnS 19 min
The President’s Visit Cyril Aris Lebanon/Qatar/USA 2017
DCP OV/EnS 19 min

arsenal cinema: 9. ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin

08:00 pm Cinema 1

Omar Gatlato

Omar Gatlato Merzak Allouache Algeria 1976
DCP OV/EnS 90 min

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

09:00 pm Cinema 2


Saken Sandra Madi Jordan/Palestine 2014
DCP OV/EnS 90 min

arsenal cinema: 9. ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin

10:00 pm Cinema 1

Majnounak: On Men, Sex and the City

Cinema Fouad

Majnounak: On Men, Sex and the City
Akram Zaatari Lebanon 1997/2016
DCP OV/EnS 40 min
Cinema Fouad Mohammed Soueid Lebanon 1994
DCP OV/EnS 41 min

Followed by a discussion with Mohammed Soueid