october 2020, arsenal cinema

It goes on...

From this month on, we will be screening films again on a daily basis albeit in one cinema only, Arsenal 1. In line with the new hygiene concept of the state of Berlin, our cinema now has a maximum capacity of 119 (increasing from 69 previously). To make up for the related reduction in mimumum distance, cinemagoers are requested to keep on their masks also while seated in the cinema. And yet, what better place could there be for Michael Mann’s thrillers and action films, most of which were shot in widescreen, to unfold. While Arsenal 2 has to remain closed for reasons of cost unfortunately, we have revamped our virtual cinema arsenal 3, which will in future relate directly to our institution's activities: the cinema program, Arsenal Distribution and Living Archive, our archival practice based on participation and production. From September 15th to 30th, we dedicating the space to our symposium

and the filmmakers Navina Sundaram, Harun Farocki and Sohrab Shahid Saless, who worked closely with NDR, WDR and ZDF.
september 2020, arsenal cinema

The Professional – Michael Mann Retrospective

The author, director and producer Michael Mann (*1943) is one of the most outstanding US filmmakers of our time. Over the past four decades, he has set new standards in genre cinema with his artistic expression and precise craft. His visually ambitious films, often made in collaboration with the cameraman Dante Spinotti, are characterized by a joyful enthusiasm for movement, an exposed dramaturgy of colors and a particular feel for music. Because of his intensive preparatory work, meticulous research and perfectionism, Mann has frequently been compared to Stanley Kubrick. A central theme of his work is professional ethos; and the definition of people through their jobs, the relationship between work and morals, between work and masculinity, as well as solitude and loneliness, are recurring motifs Arsenal is showing all 12 of Mann's films from September 11-30.

august 2020, transfer

Back Again: Kinozauber

Kinozauber, Arsenal’s film education project for pre-school children, kicked off again: Now that the new school year has started, the artists of Arsenal Filmatelier will finally be able to continue their cooperation with EKT Regenbogen-Kidz and also expand the project to two more kindergartens. The project involves groups of pre-school children making several visits to Arsenal to watch experimental shorts from our collection and engage creatively with aspects such as light, shadow, color, sound, film material and projection.

arsenal cinema: FilmDocument: Take a camera and give freedom a meaning - amateur film in the GDR

07:00 pm Cinema 2

Teufel Alkohol



Der Schoß ist fruchtbar noch

Krupka – nur eine Stadt?

Wer nicht hören will, muss spülen

Gasometer-Sprengung Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg

Ist der Ofen aus?

Amateurfilm in der DDR, Beispiel: AFC Energie Berlin
Teufel Alkohol GDR 1973 Super 8 8 min
Beratungsmuster GDR 1975 16 mm 6 min
Augen GDR 1977 Digital file 4 min
Der Schoß ist fruchtbar noch GDR 1983 Digital file 10 min
Krupka – nur eine Stadt? GDR 1986 Digital file 17 min
Wer nicht hören will, muss spülen GDR 1986 16 mm 8 min
Gasometer-Sprengung Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg GDR 1984 Digital file 3 min
Ist der Ofen aus? GDR 1987 Digital file 14 min

Introduced by Ralf Forster, Rainer Hässelbarth (AFC Energie) in person
arsenal cinema: Following the sun – Mikhail Kalik retrospective

08:00 pm Cinema 1

Shlosha V’achat

Shlosha V’achat Three and One
Israel 1974 With Assi Dayan
35 mm OV/GeS 86 min