october 2020, arsenal cinema

In Memory of Erika Richter

Erika Richter (1938-2020) was a renowned dramaturge and film critic in East Berlin. From 1976 onward she collaborated with the best film directors of the DEFA to develop material and scripts. She also wrote film criticism, essays, portraits and books, which met with a lively response not only in the GDR but also in West Germany. For decades, Erika Richter was a close friend of the Arsenal, the International Forum of the Berlinale, and ultimately of our team. We are grateful to her for so much: suggestions, pointers, broadening our horizons, lively contributions and clever questions during discussions, and her appraisals of new films and film trends. She was a frequent visitor to the Arsenal, always arriving early to screenings and developing friendships not only with the program makers but also with our staff at the box office.

Erika Richter passed away in August at the age of 82. As a tribute to her and as a sample of her work we will show the 1989 film RÜCKWÄRTSGEHEN KANN ICH AUCH by Karl-Heinz Lotz on October 26.

october 2020, arsenal cinema

Film Restored. The Film Heritage Festival

Though the fifth edition of the Film Restored Film Heritage Festival can only take place under restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a total of 21 film programs from over 15 countries can still be seen on the big screen from October 27-31, all of which were produced, handed down and restored thanks to European cooperation. This year’s festival, titled "A European Affair", is dedicated to the meaningful contribution of cross-border cooperation in the archiving and restoration of film heritage. To mark the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, four films will be presented that deal with this turning point in European history. The film program will be supplemented by workshop presentations, talks and panel discussions.

october 2020, arsenal cinema

arsenal 3 in October: Mushroom Associations, Prologue to an enquiry, Footnote to Bertrand Bonello’s “Zombie Child”

The program of our virtual cinema www.arsenal-3-berlin.de makes direct reference to the activities carried out by our institution: the program of the Arsenal 1 & 2 cinemas at Potsdamer Platz, the titles that form part of our arsenal distribution range, or our Living Archive archival practice, which is rooted in both participation and production.

In October we will show three programs: “Pilz-Assoziationen” (Mushroom Associations) is a reference to OLANDA (Bernd Schoch, Germany 2019), which arsenal distribution will bring to cinemas on October 18. The “Archive außer sich” project will screen a series of films that deal with strategies in publishing. And two films revolving around the theme of voodoo will be shown as footnotes to Bertrand Bonello’s ZOMBI CHILD (France 2019), which opens our Bonello retrospective on October 2.

arsenal cinema: FilmDokument: China in DEFA Documentary Film, 1956–1960

07:00 pm Cinema 2


Zwei Lieder

Starke Freunde im fernen Osten

Der Augenzeuge 42/1956

Wir berichten aus Pan Yü

Genosse Sziau erzählt

Zwei Lieder Werner Krauße
GDR 1962 35 mm 10 min
Starke Freunde im fernen Osten
Bruno Kleberg GDR 1956 35 mm 29 min
Der Augenzeuge 42/1956
GDR 1956 35 mm 11 min
Wir berichten aus Pan Yü
Gerhard Jentsch GDR 1959 35 mm 23 min
Genosse Sziau erzählt
Gerhard Jentsch GDR 1960 35 mm 20 min

Introduced by Qinna Shen
arsenal cinema: Female Film Noir Pioneers –
 Muriel Box, Edith Carlmar, Bodil Ipsen, Ida Lupino, Wendy Toye

08:00 pm Cinema 1


Døden er et kjærtegn

Døden er et kjærtegn Death is a Caress
Edith Carlmar Norway 1949
35 mm OV/EnS 88 min