may 2018, arsenal cinema

Retrospective Pietro Germi

Pietro Germi (1914–1974) was one of the outstanding personalities of Italian cinema from the 40s to the 70s. Born in Genoa, the director, actor, and screenwriter was one of the first generation of Neorealist directors alongside Visconti, De Sica, and Rossellini. Much like those of Antonio Pietrangeli, Germi’s directorial works represent a link between Neorealism and Commedia all’ italiana, “which doesn’t betray the former, but rather moves it forward in popular, satirical fashion” (Gerhard Midding). Germi gained international recognition and fame with his third film IN NOME DELLA LEGGE (1949), a milestone in the history of the mafia film which doubles up as a tribute to John Ford and Sicily, where Germi shot a total of five films. IL CAMMINO DELLA SPERANZA (1950), IL FERROVIERE (1956) and the literary adaptation UN MALEDETTO IMBROGLIO (1959), in which Germi also took on the leading role, established him as a significant force in Italian cinema. The Oscar-winning international success DIVORZIO ALL’ITALIANA followed in 1961, which was the start of a series of socially critical comedies about Italian customs, traditions, and laws which polemicized the discrimination of the woman and the dual morals of the bourgeoisie. What’s characteristic of Germi’s films is their precise observation of Italian life, their enthusiasm for the expressive power of faces, and the director’s humanist view of the world – who Otar Iosseliani saw as “one of the most noble-minded filmmakers ever to have existed”. For all their bitterness in the depiction of social living conditions, they are above all films “in which the heavy weight of life is assuaged by the rich depth of feeling, a warming maturity of the heart.” (Martin Schlappner)

From May 18 - 31, we are presenting eleven films by Pietro Germi from 1948 to 1972 in collaboration with the Italienisches Kulturinstitut. The retrospective is accompanied by four introductions and a lecture by Mario Sesti (19.5.).

may 2018, arsenal cinema

Magical History Tour: Production Design

The "eye of the director" – that's Ken Adams's pithy description of the function of the production designer (who is referred to variously as set designer or scenographer, depending on the production company, country, or period), who takes responsibility for a broad range of different tasks, starting with the conceptual visualization of the script and taking in the design of the cinematic universe all the way to the creation and implementation of the interiors and exteriors. The work of the production designer doesn't just leave its mark on the look of a film, but also on its atmosphere and mood and not just in design-intensive genre films. Despite being impossible to overlook, the key contribution made by production design to the all-embracing nature of cinematic art is too seldom recognized. All the more reason then to dedicate May’s Magical History Tour to the quite literally multiform world of production design.

may 2018, berlinale forum

Section head change for Berlinale Forum

Christoph Terhechte will vacate his position as director of the Berlinale Forum in July of 2018. He was appointed to the Forum selection committee in 1997, and in June of 2001 he took over the Forum director’s position from Ulrich Gregor, founder of the section, which has been presented by the Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art since 1971. Terhechte has also been a member of the Berlinale Competition selection committee since 2002. Christoph Terhechte now wishes to take on new career challenges.

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