november 2018, arsenal cinema

A Tribute to Sergei Parajanov

Armenian-Georgian director and artist Sergei Parajanov (1924-1990) is one of the most fascinating figures in 20th century cinema. Born in Tbilisi to Armenian parents, he grew up there before moving to Moscow to study at the VGIK film school and subsequently worked in the Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan during the Soviet era. The cultures, traditions, folklore, and myths of these countries and regions pervade his films, which continue to impress today thanks to their singular expressive power, unmistakable originality, complex visual compositions, and radically free cinematic forms. Celebrated as an outstanding filmmaker from the mid-60s both at home and beyond, Parajanov’s artistic audacity and multi-faceted approach to culture was met with increasing rejection in the Soviet Union, however. Interventions on the part of the censors were followed by prison terms spanning many years and a filmmaking ban; Parajanov was only able to make two further features once it was finally lifted.

This ten-film tribute, which presents all of Parajanov’s eight still-extant features, including his rarely screened early works, now enables his work to be re-discovered from November 20-30. In cooperation with the Parajanov Museum in Yerevan (Armenia), an exhibition of Parajanov’s artistic works will be on show at the Filmmuseum Potsdam from 1.12. onwards.

november 2018, arsenal cinema

Magical History Tour – 
Letters in Movement

Flowing cascades of signs, rotating words, dancing letters, scratched, embossed, double-exposed, superimposed, animated – from the very beginning of cinema, printed characters have been freed from their static identity and made dynamic in multiple ways. Letters that succumb to movement have very different functions in this new system: they open or close films, act as a commentary or a metaphor (of storytelling), as providers of information or graphic elements, as a dramatic tool or an emotionalizing factor. Writing in film opens up new areas of association, posing questions about visibility and structure, perception and materialism, mise-en-scene and innovation.

This is what we want to explore in this month's Magical History Tour’s excursion into the moving world of letters, presenting examples of how writing has been dealt with in fiction, avant-garde and experimental cinema as well as in "classic" writing or Lettrist films.

november 2018, arsenal cinema

A 37 90 89

The A 37 90 89. The Discovery of the Avant-Garde exhibition project at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) is dedicated to the A 37 90 89 project space that was founded in Antwerp in 1969 and which influenced the alternative project spaces, producer galleries, and participatory initiatives that were to follow it in exemplary fashion. Alongside a collaboration with contemporary project space after the butcher, the project includes a film program realized in collaboration with Arsenal, discussion events, and conversations with people from the time. A monthly film evening will be taking place at Arsenal until January 2019, kicking off on November 22. NOW! (Santiago Álvarez, Cuba 1965) is a montage film put together from stills about the discrimination of African-Americans in the US, edited according to the song of the same name. MADINA BOÉ (José Massip, Cuba 1968) documents Guinea-Bissau’s fight for independence from Portuguese colonial power. Funded by the Capital Cultural Fund.

november 2018, arsenal cinema

French Film Week – Special: 

As part of the French Film Week, Arsenal is presenting four notable current French documentaries that screened at renowned international festivals, but have yet to find German distribution. The works selected reflect the sheer visual and thematic range that characterizes French documentary filmmaking as well as the social engagement of their directors.

As a special event on November 29, LE LIVRE D’IMAGE by Jean-Luc Godard will be shown. The most recent work by the 87-year-old, which premiered this year in Cannes, is another mosaic stone in his lifelong exploration of the relationship between the image and being. Once again, he rethinks the rules of cinema: silent film scenes are followed by execution videos from the Internet, images are processed and placed in a dissonant relationship with the polyphonic, multi-lingual soundtrack. Divided into five chapters, Godard equally reflects on the most important social and political themes of the last years, such as the consequences of the Arab Spring and the power of digital techniques. “I need an entire day to tell the story of a single second”, says Godard in voiceover. “In order to tell the story of an hour, I need a whole life”.

With the friendly support of the Institut français.

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07:00 pm Cinema 2


A Man and His Dog out for Air

Alles dreht sich, alles bewegt sich!

Under the Brooklyn Bridge

Hall of Mirrors

Dress Rehearsal und Karola 2

Kustom Kar Kommando

Scorpio Rising

Hall of Mirrors
*Escape Mary Ellen Bute USA 1937 16 mm 4 min
*A Man and His Dog out for Air Robert Breer USA 1957 16 mm 2 min
*Alles dreht sich, alles bewegt sich! Hans Richter Germany 1929 16 mm 8 min
*Under the Brooklyn Bridge Rudy Burckhard USA 1953 16 mm 15 min
*Hall of Mirrors Warren Sonbert USA 1966 16 mm 7 min
*Dress Rehearsal und Karola 2 Noll Brinckmann FRG 1979/80 16 mm 7 min
Kustom Kar Kommando Kenneth Anger USA 1965 16 mm 4 min
*Scorpio Rising Kenneth Anger USA 1963 16 mm 29 min

Noll Brinckmann in person
arsenal cinema: Lucrecia Martel Retrospective

08:00 pm Cinema 1

La mujer sin cabeza

La mujer sin cabeza The Headless Woman
Argentina/France/Italy/Spain 2008
35 mm OV/EnS 87 min

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09:00 pm Cinema 2

Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer

Microcultural Incidents in Ten Zoos

28.7.1980: Zoos and Cinema 16
*Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer
Thom Andersen USA 1975 16 mm 59 min
*Microcultural Incidents in Ten Zoos Ray L. Birdwhistell, Jacques Von Vlack
USA 1971 16 mm 34 min

Introduced by Stefanie Schulte Strathaus