february 2020, arsenal cinema

50th Forum

The Berlinale Forum is 50: This offers a good opportunity to look back on it as well as to think about what the future might hold. By re-screening films shown in 1971, we will remember the Forum’s first year. Some of the films (such as W.R. – MISTERIJE ORGANIZMA by Dušan Makavejev) have attained cult status whereas others – like ICH-AUSSEN-OBJEKTE by Klaus Bessau - have almost been forgotten. In this case, there is no print left, only a very fragile original negative at risk of being damaged if run through a projector. The material of film – it becomes clear with retrospect – has a temporality. Loss and damage can only be prevented by continuous archival conservation and preservation work, such as that carried out by the Berlinale Forum and the Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art.

february 2020, arsenal cinema

15th Forum Expanded
 – Part of the Problem

The Berlinale Forum is 50 and Forum Expanded is 15. The new decade has begun at a time when we are often speechless and yet it seems all the more necessary to find clear words. What does this mean for a program such as Forum Expanded? How does a time like this change the curatorial perspective? What do we expect from the works that we select? A film program is more than the sum of individual works. It creates connections, refers to the outside. Short film programs, where works are shown in succession, and film exhibitions, where works are shown next to each other, can make this all the more palpable. This is not new, but it seems to be more important than ever. Writing about the way victims of far-right violence are often considered individually, Nanna Heidenreich wrote the following Facebook post: “It is not - and this is important - about ‘everyone’ but there is a structure. We have to examine this.” The program’s selected works explore different subjects, including migration, racism, sexism, state violence, capitalism, colonialism, extractivism, the climate emergency, fear of the future, loss of history and much more. However, they all refer to themselves not as separate entities but as part of a larger structural system.

february 2020, arsenal cinema

Gaumont: Born with Cinema

Founded in 1895, Gaumont is the oldest film production company in the world. It also owns one of the biggest French film catalogues, which features over 1,500 titles. On the occasion of the exhibition “Gaumont: Seit es das Kino gibt” at the Institut français’ Maison de France, which runs until 29th February, Arsenal is showing a selection of classics from French film history, as well as lesser-known productions. Jean-Luc Godard and Maurice -Pialat are two important focus points of both the Arsenal program and the Gaumont catalogue.

february 2020, arsenal cinema

Magical History Tour
 – No mans lands and half worlds in film

A life in the shadows of society, defined by uncertainty, rebellion and rejection, rootlessness, loneliness and emptiness – these are some of the particular characteristics of the filmic sketches of existence in no man’s lands and half-worlds that we are presenting in February’s Magical History Tour. The films’ common denominator is a coordinate system for social co-existence or human relationships that has come out of sync, leaving the viewer with an impression of a sometimes razor-thin line between the center and the periphery.

february 2020, berlinale forum

O.K. in the Forum Anniversary Programme

In 1970, the German entry to the Competition split the Berlinale: the black-and-white film O.K., directed by Michael Verhoeven and produced by Rob Houwer. Most of the members of the jury perceived it to be anti-American.

A major controversy flared up and the Berlinale ended without awarding the Bears. O.K. now returns to Berlin in 2020 as the official closing film of the Berlinale Forum’s anniversary programme.

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