january 2019, arsenal cinema

Unknown Pleasures #10
 – American Independent Film Fest

From January 1-21, Unknown Pleasures presents US independent films that are rarely shown in Germany.

The films selected for the festival’s 10th anniversary edition are drawn to the periphery, to rural America, away from the urban centers. The sociopolitical debates of recent years are clearly manifest. The films present a country where political and economic differences are increasing and which – more and more – is characterized by its contradictions.

january 2019, arsenal cinema

Magical History Tour
 – Staging spaces

Between landmarks and moments of confusion – this month's Magical History Tour invites the audience on a journey through spaces that are significant, staged, narrative and social. Each film takes place in a defined space, whose construction is of great importance for the film's impact on the viewer. The variously arranged spaces not only allow for the marking of different styles (naturalism or artificiality) but also evoke moods and feelings (of vastness or confinement) in a cinematic manner. We are showing films in which space plays a particular role, for either the plot or the protagonists' expression of feelings.

january 2019, arsenal cinema

Following the sun – Mikhail Kalik retrospective

Between 1961 and 1968, Soviet-Jewish filmmaker Mikhail Kalik (born in 1927) directed three films whose originality, humanity and highly personal filmic language render them the finest examples of the cinema of the Soviet Thaw. Like Andrei Tarkovsky, Sergei Parajanov and Marlen Khutsiev, he was considered one of the great talents of the early 1960s. The son of a famous theater actor, he was one of the first Jewish students to be accepted by the Moscow Film School (VGIK). In 1951, he fell victim to the “anti-cosmopolitan” campaign and was sent to the gulag. Only after Stalin’s death was he able to continue his studies, shooting his first films in Soviet Moldova. One of his closest collaborators was the composer Mikael Tariverdiev who remains known for his innovative and experimental, yet accessible, film scores. In 1971, a new wave of anti-Semitism prompted Kalik to emigrate to Israel, where he became known by the name Moshe (Moses in Hebrew). In the USSR, people were forbidden to write about him and his name was removed from the list of VGIK graduates. Between 1971 and his death in 2017, he made only three more films. However, he did live to see himself and his films rehabilitated in Russia. Our program, which brings together prints from Gosfilmofond and the Jerusalem Cinematheque, presents the works of a great director whose rediscovery is long overdue.

january 2019, berlinale forum

Forum 2019: Risk Before Perfection

Still from MS SLAVIC 7

Arsenal is putting on the Forum as part of the Berlinale for the 49th time. The main programme consists of 39 films, 31 of which world premieres. This year’s Special Screenings are entitled “Archival Constellations” and will be announced in a second press release.

The Forum 2019 main programme doesn’t consider itself some sort of ‘best of’ list, but rather gathers together a selection of films that try things out, take a stance and refuse to compromise. Some look back at the history of the 20th century, while others focus on what’s to come, even as they remain anchored in the here and now. Numerous films take the written word as their starting point, drawing on or making explicit reference to literature or working with letters, poems and other writings.

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