march 2019, arsenal cinema

Youssef Chahine Again and Forever – A retrospective

In March, Arsenal will be the third cinema to dedicate a program to the great Egyptian director Youssef Chahine after Cairo’s Zawya cinema and the Cinémathèque française in Paris, now that many of his films are available again.

We are delighted to announce that we have been able to acquire well-preserved 35-mm-prints of five of his most important films and will thus have the most extensive analogue accessible collection of Chahine’s oeuvre in Europe.

march 2019, arsenal cinema

Magical History Tour: 
Music, sounds & noises – Sound in Cinema

This month’s Magical History Tour centers on the sounds of audio tracks and invites viewers to listen. Whether sounds are on screen or off, diegetic or not, whether audio arrangements are complex, whether there is overwhelming noise or breathless silence, the audio track—consisting of language, music and sounds—is an integral component of the cinematic experience. It generates an atmosphere or irritates, anticipates or contradicts images, intensifies or smothers. Since the mid-1970s, numerous audio-engineering innovations have facilitated the shaping of highly complex sound architectures. But multilayered, sovereign audio tracks are being created and have been created beyond major productions that deserve our attention and raise important questions pertaining to the relation between image and sound.

march 2019, arsenal cinema


To fit with our Magical History Tour and as part of our ongoing 70mm program, on March 28 we are screening Hal Ashby’s live concert film LET’S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER (USA 1982/83) , which was released in Germany six months before the US premiere with the title ROCKS OFF. It shows the Rolling Stones on tour in the US in 1981 after a six-year concert break there – this became the biggest and most successful music tour to date. Hal Ashby concentrates largely on what’s happening on the stage and is uninterested in backstage scenes and interviews. The open air concert on 13th December 1981 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona with a 60,000-strong audience was captured by 14 Panavision cameras, while the shows on 5th and 6th November at the Meadowlands’ Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey drew 20,000 spectators and were filmed by 20 cameras. We’ll be showing a release print with 6-track magnetic stereo sound.

february 2019, distribution news

New digitally restored copies at arsenal distribution

Several films presented as part of the Berlinale Forum and Forum Expanded have been digitally restored and are now available at arsenal distribution: EGARO MILE (Eleven Miles, India 1991) and TALES FROM PLANET KOLKATA (India 1993) by Ruchir Joshi, NUESTRA VOZ DE TIERRA, MEMORIA Y FUTURO (Our Voice of Earth, Memory and Future, Columbia 1981) by Marta Rodríguez and Jorge Silva, THE SECOND JOURNEY (TO ULURU) (Australia 1981) by Arthur and Corinne Cantrill, TAMBAKU CHAAKILA OOB ALI (India 1982), IDHI KATHA MATRAMENA (India 1983) by Deepa Dhanraj as well as seven Sudanese short films: three by Ibrahim Shaddad – JAGDPARTIE (DDR 1964), JAMAL (Sudan 1981) and AL HABIL 1985 (Sudan 1985) – three by Eltayeb Mahdi – AL DHAREEH (Egypt 1977), AL MAHATTA (Sudan 1989) and ARBA’A MARAT LIL-ATFAL (Sudan 1979) – as well as WA LAKIN ALARDH TADUR (USSR 1978) by Suliman Elnour.

Furthermore, as part of this month’s Youssef Chahine retrospective we have been able to acquire 35 mm prints (with English subtitles) of BAB AL-HADID (Cairo Station, 1958), AL ARD (The Land, 1970), AL ASFOUR (The Sparrow, 1972), ISKINDEREYA … LEH? (Alexandria … Why?, 1979), ISKINDEREYA KAMAN WE KAMAN (Alexandria Again and Forever, 1989) and CAIRO AS SEEN BY CHAHINE (1991). The digital restorations and acquisitions are part of Arsenal’s “Archive außer sich” project.

arsenal cinema: 9. ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin

04:00 pm Cinema 1

Vortrag von Rasha Salti

Lecture by Rasha Salti on Spotlight „Reflections on Arab Masculinities“
In English
Admission 3 €

arsenal cinema: 9. ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin

05:00 pm Cinema 2


Last Days of the Man of Tomorrow

Street of Death

Short film program (De-)Constructed Realities
Tshweesh Feyrouz Serhal Germany/Lebanon/Spain 2017
DCP OV/EnS 26 min
Last Days of the Man of Tomorrow Fadi Baki Germany/Lebanon 2017
DCP OV/EnS 29 min
Street of Death Karam Ghossein Lebanon/Germany 2017
DCP OV/EnS 22 min

Followed by a discussion with Feyrouz Serhal, Fadi Baki, Karam Ghossein
arsenal cinema: 9. ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin

07:00 pm Cinema 1

Podiumsdiskussion zum Spotlight „Reflections on Arab Masculinities“

Panel discussion about the Spotlight „Reflections on Arab Masculinities“ with Merzak
Allouache, Mohamed Soueid, Mohammad Hammad and Eliane Raheb
In English
Free admission

arsenal cinema: 9. ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin

07:30 pm Cinema 2

Nihayat Saida

Nihayat Saida Happily Ever After
Nada Riyadh, Ayman El Amir Egypt 2016
DCP OV/EnS 71 min

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

09:00 pm Cinema 1

Akhdar Yabes

Akhdar Yabes Withered Green
Mohammed Hammad Egypt 2016
DCP OV/EnS 73 min

Mohammed Hammad in person
arsenal cinema: 9. ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin

09:30 pm Cinema 2

Madame Courage

Madame Courage Merzak Allouache Algeria/France 2015
DCP OV/EnS 90 min

Followed by a discussion with Merzak Allouache