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.

: Cimatheque – Alternative Film Centre Presents: 
Atteyat Al Abnoudy

07:30 pm Cinema 2


Horse of Mud

Sad Song of Touha

Amal Donqol – The Talk of Room Number 8

Buyers and Sellers

Horse of Mud Egypt 1971
Digital file OV/EnS 12 min
Sad Song of Touha Egypt 1972
Digital file OV/EnS 12 min
Amal Donqol – The Talk of Room Number 8
Egypt 1990 Digital file OV/EnS 26 min
Buyers and Sellers Egypt 1992
Digital file OV/EnS 27 min

Introduced by Tamer El Said
arsenal cinema: 70 mm: LORD JIM

08:00 pm Cinema 1


Lord Jim

Lord Jim Richard Brooks UK/USA 1965
With Peter O’Toole, James Mason,
Curd Jürgens, Eli Wallach, Daliah Lavi
70 mm OV 154 min