november 2019, arsenal cinema

Working to Remember – The Films of Rithy Panh

Seven years ago, three films from the “Golden Age” of Cambodian cinema (1960–1975) received their first public screenings in decades at the Berlinale Forum. Filmmakers Ly Bun Yim and Tea Lim Koun were there in person. Only around 30 of the 400 films made in these 15 years survived the rule of the Khmer Rouge. Coming to terms with this terrible era, which took the lives of more than 1.7 million people, is the central theme of the films of director Rithy Panh, to whom we are dedicating a ten-film retrospective from November 1-23.

 

 

 

 

november 2019, arsenal cinema

Magical History Tour – Excess and Opulence 


We are focusing on grand gestures for this month's Magical History Tour - on films located in the space between excess and opulence, whose exuberance is manifested either by the director's unlimited personal involvement or by an unfettered artistic vision. However, opulence and excess are by no means an end in themselves, but instead represent the expression of a desire for change asserting itself against manifold constraints and obstacles. Our program features films committed to absolute realism alongside ones that find their appropriate form in extreme stylization.

november 2019, arsenal cinema

Gaumont: Since There Was Cinema

Established in 1895, Gaumont isn’t just the first ever film concern to be founded worldwide.

 

With over 1500 titles, Gaumont also possesses one of the largest catalogues of French films, including works by Abel Gance, René Clair, Louis Feuillade, Jean Renoir, Max Ophüls, Robert Bresson, Georges Franju, Jean Grémillon, René Clément, Jean-Pierre Melville, Jacques Doillon, Jean-Luc Godard, Maurice Pialat, Jean Vigo, and Louis Malle.

 

From November 29 to January 31, a guest exhibition will be hosted at the Maison de France of the Institut français at Kurfürstendamm 211 entitled “Gaumont: Since There Was Cinema”. The exhibition is an invitation to take a journey through the history of the company and film history itself, presenting original props, costumes, film posters, film music, and film excerpts. A “hackathon” workshop to be held from November 19th -25th also offers eight participants the opportunity to digitally reinterpret Gaumont classics, with the results to be shown afterwards at the exhibition.

 

As part of the French Film Week from November 28th to December 4th, Arsenal is accompanying the exhibition by screening a selection of classics from French film history together with some of the firm’s more recent productions. A comprehensive program of titles from the Gaumont catalogue will follow in February.

november 2019, berlinale forum

Cinema Release: "Querência"

On November 21, arsenal distribution is releasing QUERÊNCIA (Homing) by Helvécio Marins Jr., which received its world premiere as part of this year's Forum programme.

The film tells of Marcelo de Sousa, a cowboy in the Brazilian pampa. After he’s unable to prevent a vicious raid on the ranch, which results in a hundred cattle in his charge being stolen, nothing is the same. He becomes depressed and gives up his job. Luckily, he has good friends and a big passion, blossoming in his role as the master of ceremonies at rodeo shows. His rousing rap-style announcements pay homage not only to the cowboy culture but also to the solidarity of the rural community, which has little trust in the country’s political leadership.

The director will be present for screenings in Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg and Berlin.

november 2019, living archive

Arsenal Became a FIAF Associate

The committee of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) decided to accept Arsenal as an Associate. The FIAF is an association of international film archives, whose members are dedicated to the preservation, collection, restoration and distribution of film. This membership means a great deal to Arsenal, which will be able to expand its international network, exchange ideas with other FIAF member institutes about the preservation and restoration of films and participate in contemporary debates about archival work.

Thanks to projects such as "Living Archive – Archive Work as a Contemporary Artistic and Curatorial Practice" (2011–2013) or "Archive außer sich" which is currently part of HKW’s "The New Alphabet" project, an intense exchange with German and international film archives has developed over the past few years, giving rise to a number of further academic, curatorial and artistic projects. The cooperation with archives in Africa and the Arab world is currently central, as is that with other FIAF members and associates such as as the DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum (Frankfurt am Main), the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna, Austria), the National Film Archive of India (Pune, India) or the National Film, Video and Sound Archive (Jos, Nigeria).

arsenal cinema: The Living Word – The Films of Eugène Green

07:00 pm Cinema 1


En attendant les barbares

Como Fernando Pessoa salvou Portugal

En attendant les barbares Waiting for the Barbarians
F 2018 DCP OV/EnS 76 min
Showing first: Como Fernando Pessoa salvou Portugal
How Fernando Pessoa Saved Portugal
Portugal/F/Belgium 2018 DCP OV/EnS 27 min

arsenal cinema: KinoPolska

07:30 pm Cinema 2


Bohaterowie Sybiru

Bohaterowie Sybiru
Michał Waszyński Poland 1936
35 mm OV/GeS 97 min

Introduced by Piotr Rosołowski
arsenal cinema: The Living Word – The Films of Eugène Green

09:00 pm Cinema 1


Faire la parole

Faire la parole Making the Word F 2015
DCP OV/EnS 116 min