april 2018, arsenal cinema

Ruth Beckermann Program

Ruth Beckermann has been making documentaries for 40 years. Her name stands for a political cinema that explores Austria, Judaism, questions of individual background and collective identity, as well as their fractures and ambivalences, on the basis of precise observation. The Nazi era, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and migration are subjects in all of her works. From a trilogy of films about Jewish life (WIEN RETOUR, DIE PAPIERENE BRÜCKE, NACH JERUSALEM) to her first and only feature film so far, DIE GETRÄUMTEN, and her current film WALDHEIMS WALZER, for which she won the Berlinale’s Documentary Award, Beckermann’s multi-layered oeuvre has been characterized by multi-faceted passages between the present and the past. Her examination of history always takes place alongside present constellations. A journey usually underlies her films, movement is their constitutive moment: the movement of a journey, quest, thought process. Beckermann does not seek to find a closed narrative form, but is consistently open to various approaches, with her film practice becoming freer and more essayistic over the years. She transmits her always personal perspective as an off-screen narrator and commentator; her documentary work is distinguished by the presence of her unmistakeable voice with its tinge of Viennese.

From April 19-27, Arsenal is presenting a program of 11 feature-length documentaries made by Ruth Beckermann between 1983 and 2018. We are very pleased to welcome the filmmaker for a series of Q&As from 19th to 21st April thanks to the support of the Austrian Cultural Forum. A book about Beckermann’s oeuvre published in 2016 (by Alexander Horwath and Michael Omasta) will be on sale at the box office.

april 2018, arsenal cinema

Magical History Tour: Land in sight – landscapes in film

One cannot imagine film without landscapes. The scenery is as variegated as the potential and functions of these topographies are comprehensive and diverse: Landscapes in films tell stories, express moods, can play the lead, become psychic landscapes or places of longing. They are symbolic foils, islands of stasis within the frequently breakneck flow of the plot. Landscapes are "the freest element of film, the least burdened with servile, narrative tasks, and the most flexible in conveying moods, emotional states, and spiritual experiences" (Sergei Eisenstein). Since the beginning of cinematography, film has made prolific use of this mutable vehicle for conveying ideas: Early screen images of both exotic foreign locations and the native countryside quickly merged into genre films with an intensive use of landscapes. And yet even outside of this genre, a broad panorama of landscapes has opened up in the areas of documentary, fiction, and experimental filmmaking which we shall examine in 12 films in April.

april 2018, berlinale forum

Cinema Release: "Spell Reel"

In 2011, an archive of film and audio material re-emerged in Guinea-Bissau that documented the liberation struggle against the colonial power Portugal (1963 - ’74). SPELL REEL (Germany/Portugal 2017) by Filipa César is the result of a multi-layered research and digitalization project in cooperation with the Guinean filmmakers and liberation fighters Sana na N’Hada and Flora Gomes. After studying film in Cuba in the early 1960s, the two began using the camera as an observer. The material that was found again was digitalized by Arsenal, to then be screened in various places, commented, discussed and newly imagined. An itinerant, transnational cinema has made the archive into a place between remote villages in Guinea-Bissau and European capitals, where people search for alternatives to a world in upheaval.

SPELL REEL, which premiered as part of the Forum 2017, opens April 12 in the cinemas. We will be previewing it at Arsenal on April 10th in the presence of the director and other guests. We will present other film materials and there will also be a Q&A. There will be further screenings at Neukölln’s Wolf Kino on 11.4 and on 13.4 in Wedding’s Archive Kabinett where the book “Luta ca caba inda. Time Place Matter Voice. 1967–2017” will also be presented.

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


Tshweesh

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