january 2019, arsenal cinema

Unknown Pleasures #10
 – American Independent Film Fest

From January 1-21, Unknown Pleasures presents US independent films that are rarely shown in Germany.

The films selected for the festival’s 10th anniversary edition are drawn to the periphery, to rural America, away from the urban centers. The sociopolitical debates of recent years are clearly manifest. The films present a country where political and economic differences are increasing and which – more and more – is characterized by its contradictions.

january 2019, arsenal cinema

Magical History Tour
 – Staging spaces

Between landmarks and moments of confusion – this month's Magical History Tour invites the audience on a journey through spaces that are significant, staged, narrative and social. Each film takes place in a defined space, whose construction is of great importance for the film's impact on the viewer. The variously arranged spaces not only allow for the marking of different styles (naturalism or artificiality) but also evoke moods and feelings (of vastness or confinement) in a cinematic manner. We are showing films in which space plays a particular role, for either the plot or the protagonists' expression of feelings.

january 2019, arsenal cinema

Following the sun – Mikhail Kalik retrospective

Between 1961 and 1968, Soviet-Jewish filmmaker Mikhail Kalik (born in 1927) directed three films whose originality, humanity and highly personal filmic language render them the finest examples of the cinema of the Soviet Thaw. Like Andrei Tarkovsky, Sergei Parajanov and Marlen Khutsiev, he was considered one of the great talents of the early 1960s. The son of a famous theater actor, he was one of the first Jewish students to be accepted by the Moscow Film School (VGIK). In 1951, he fell victim to the “anti-cosmopolitan” campaign and was sent to the gulag. Only after Stalin’s death was he able to continue his studies, shooting his first films in Soviet Moldova. One of his closest collaborators was the composer Mikael Tariverdiev who remains known for his innovative and experimental, yet accessible, film scores. In 1971, a new wave of anti-Semitism prompted Kalik to emigrate to Israel, where he became known by the name Moshe (Moses in Hebrew). In the USSR, people were forbidden to write about him and his name was removed from the list of VGIK graduates. Between 1971 and his death in 2017, he made only three more films. However, he did live to see himself and his films rehabilitated in Russia. Our program, which brings together prints from Gosfilmofond and the Jerusalem Cinematheque, presents the works of a great director whose rediscovery is long overdue.

january 2019, distribution news

New in our Distribution Range: "Klassenverhältnisse"

We’re very glad to be able to distribute the new digitally-restored version of KLASSENVERHÄLTNISSE (FRG/F 1983) by Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, not least because our colleague Alf Bold, who died in 1993, appeared in the film. Based on Kafka’s unfinished novel “Amerika”, the film tells the story of Karl Rossmann who emigrates to the US in the early 20th century and tries to gain a foothold in the “New World”. Like all of Kafka’s heroes, he fails because of the system’s impenetrability. The German premiere of the restored film will take place on January 3rd at Hamburg’s Metropolis Kino in conjunction with the “Klassenverhältnisse – Phantoms of Perception” exhibition at the Kunstverein in Hamburg. The digital restoration was the result of a cooperation between BELVA Film and Archive außer sich.

december 2018, berlinale forum

14. Forum Expanded: New Spaces, More Time

The 14th Forum Expanded is moving to a new location: The silent green Kulturquartier will open a new Berlin exhibition venue and the Forum Expanded group exhibition, which has been taking place annually since 2006, will be the inaugural event. The 1600 square meter subterranean Betonhalle on the grounds of the former Wedding crematorium will soon serve primarily as a venue for film and video exhibitions, as well as for concerts and conferences.


arsenal cinema: Following the sun – Mikhail Kalik retrospective

06:30 pm Cinema 1

Do swidanja, maltschiki

"The Poetics of Gesture in the Films of Mikhail Kalik"
Lectured by Anna Malgina
In English language
Followed by: Do svidaniya, malchiki! Goodbye, Boys
USSR 1964 35 mm OV/GeS 83 min

arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour
 – Staging spaces

07:30 pm Cinema 2

National Gallery

National Gallery Frederick Wiseman
F/USA/UK 2014
DCP OV/GeS 173 min

arsenal cinema: Following the sun – Mikhail Kalik retrospective

09:00 pm Cinema 1

Ljubit …

Lyubit … To love…, USSR/Soviet Moldova 1968
With Andrej Mironow, Alissa Freindlich
35 mm OV/GeS 73 min
Followed by a selection of censored scenes