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

The DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program presents: Ralitza Petrova

After several shorts, the Bulgarian filmmaker Ralitza Petrova (*1976) made her first feature in 2016. In BEZBOG / GODLESS (Bulgaria/Denmark/France), which won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival, the care worker Gana steals and sells her elderly patients’ identity cards. She carries out her tasks mechanically and quietly, betraying no emotion on her face. With precise pictures and atmospheric intensity, the film raises existential questions about human nature. Petrova will also present a film that has had an impact on her artistic development: 4 by Ilya Khrzhanovsky (Russia 2004), which starts off with a discussion in a bar and turns into a nightmarish journey into hell. (20.3.)

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: UdK Seminar FILMFILM

05:00 pm Cinema 2


Weissfilm

Free Radicals

Stadt in Flammen

Negative Man

Permanent Wave

Peggy’s Blue Skylight

Le retour à la raison

Girl from Moush

Thunder

Austerity Measures

10 Feet, 1000 Frames

Hand Catching Lead

Ten Mornings Ten Evenings and One Horizon

FULTU FALTU FILIM – Full-On Failure Film

Farewell

*Weissfilm Birgit u. Wilhelm Hein 1977 16 mm 5 min
*Free Radicals Len Lye 1958 16 mm 5 min
*Stadt in Flammen Jürgen Reble 1984 16 mm 5 min
*Negative Man Cathy Joritz 1985 16 mm 2 min
*Permanent Wave Anita Thacher 1966 16 mm 4 min
*Peggy’s Blue Skylight Joyce Wieland 1964–1986 16 mm 12 min
*Le retour à la raison Man Ray 1923 16 mm 2 min
*Girl from Moush Gariné Torossian 1993 16 mm 5 min
*Thunder Takashi Ito 1982 16 mm 5 min
*Austerity Measures Guillaume Cailleau, Ben Russel D 2012 16 mm 8 min
*10 Feet, 1000 Frames Georges Maciunas 1966 16 mm 1 min
*Hand Catching Lead Richard Serra 1968 16 mm 3 min
*Ten Mornings Ten Evenings and One Horizon Tomonari Nishikawa 2016 16 mm 10 min
FULTU FALTU FILIM – Full-On Failure Film Bernd Lützeler 2017 35 mm 2 min
*Farewell Stefan Zeyen 2009 DVD 3 min

arsenal cinema: Archive außer sich: ANNA

07:00 pm Cinema 2


Anna

*Anna Alberto Grifi, Massimo Sarchielli
Italy 1972–75 DCP OV/EnS 213 min

With a presentation by Constanze Ruhm
arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour: Production Design

08:00 pm Cinema 1


Ugetsu monogatari

Ugetsu monogatari Kenji Mizoguchi
Japan 1953 35 mm OV/GeS 97 min