december 2018, arsenal cinema

Leo McCarey Retrospective

Leo McCarey (1896–1969) was one of Hollywood’s most successful directors in the 30s and 40s, drawing on his great talent for comic and timing and a predilection for improvisation to make some of the most beautiful films of the classical Hollywood era, a unique blend of emotion, humor, vitality, and humanity. Yet despite this success and the admiration of such directorial colleagues as Frank Capra, Jean Eustache, John Ford, Howard Hawks, Ernst Lubitsch, Jean Renoir, Alain Resnais, and François Truffaut, Leo McCarey is almost unknown today. From December 6 - 30, ee are showing a selection of his comprehensive oeuvre in collaboration with the Locarno Film Festival.


december 2018, arsenal cinema

Magical History Tour - Theatre and Film

The relationship between film and theater oscillates between proximity and distance, inspiration and emancipation. Despite all thoughts of competition, the need for aesthetic and formal independence and the vehement refusal of particular artistic traditions – all aspects which characterized the relationship between film and theater at the beginning of the 20th century – the theatre offers a pool of subjects, models and forms as comprehensive as it is complex, via which the older medium repeatedly inscribes itself within film history. Approaching this relationship from the other way around, film also plays no small part in the "myth of theater" and has opened up long-concealed theatrical spaces and dynamics to the (theater) audience.

We have collected several examples of the diverse connections between theater and film in this month's Magical History Tour, which span various different film historical periods, genres and styles. They draw on the wide-ranging potential of theater within cinema – theater as a source of inspiration or a microcosm, bringing together life and the stage and fiction and reality, blurring boundaries whilst also sometimes seeming to mirror the very world itself.

november 2018, berlinale forum

Cinema Release: "Yours in Sisterhood"

arsenal distribution is releasing YOURS IN SISTERHOOD by Irene Lusztig as of December 6, another film which premiered at this year's Forum.

Irene Lusztig’s documentary set-up succeeds in bringing a wealth of experiences from an earlier generation of the feminist movement into a complex dialogue with the present: In the film women from all walks of life read out and comment upon letters originally sent to the liberal feminist magazine “Ms.” in the 70s in a range of everyday locations across the US.

arsenal cinema: Retrospective Pietro Germi

07:30 pm Cinema 1

Signore e signori

Signore e signori The Birds, the Bees and the Italians
Italy/France 1966 With Virna Lisi, Gastone Moschin, Franco Fabrizi
35 mm OV/EnS 118 min

Introduced by Gerhard Midding
arsenal cinema: Technologies of Violence

08:00 pm Cinema 2

Lessons Of War

Welcome To The Desert Of The Real

Sheik Attack

Larvae Channel 2

Nation State

Chic Point

Body Of War

In The Name Of Kernel Series

Secret Strikes. Rabobank

War machines
Lessons Of War Peggy Ahwesh USA 2014
Digital file without dialogue 5 min
Welcome To The Desert Of The Real Paolo Pedercini I 2009
Digital file without dialogue 6 min
Sheik Attack Eddo Stern Israel 2000
Digital file without dialogue 16 min
Larvae Channel 2 Wael Shawky Egypt 2009
Digital file without dialogue 9 min
Nation State Larissa Sansour Palestine 2012
Digital file without dialogue 9 min
Chic Point Shariff Waked Palestine 2005
Digital file without dialogue 7 min
Body Of War Isabel Rocamora Spain/UK 2010
Digital file without dialogue 20 min
In The Name Of Kernel Series Joan Leandre E/PL 2016
Digital file without dialogue 15 min
Secret Strikes. Rabobank Alicia Framis Spain/NL 2004
Digital file without dialogue 7 min

Introduced by Piedad Solans and Maria Morata