march 2020, arsenal cinema

arsenal 3 - week 2

The first week was a great success! Not only did many people make use of our digital program, but we also hosted very interesting discussions between filmmakers and audience members. We are aware that our online presence is not yet perfect, but we are working on it and learning as we go along.

But it goes without saying that we can’t wait to have you back in person at Arsenal 1 and 2 and we’re constantly thinking about the future about which we have major concerns. In order to continue to show online films for free and also pay filmmakers for the licenses if would be great if you could donate to Arsenal

Another possibility to support us is to become members of Arsenal!

march 2020, arsenal cinema

Arsenal 3 Open To All

On Friday, March 13th, we suspended all events at Arsenal 1 + 2 until April 19th, cutting short both our anniversary program for the 50th Berlinale Forum and the Forum Expanded exhibition, to combat the further spread of the Coronavirus.

Suddenly, “Part of the Problem”, the motto of this year’s Forum Expanded, had become self-explanatory to a far greater degree than we’d hoped: as event organizers, we are always part of what we are engaged with, not least because of our unique approach. It’s not just about having a stance on films, but also one on the world. The places where we negotiate this, the cinema auditorium and the exhibition space, may no longer be accessible for the moment, but the filmmakers, artists, films, audiences and Arsenal itself are all still there, at least the institution and its staff. And we’re still working, also to remodel the cinema into a social space.

Yet without the protection of three walls and a screen, there’s a problem: anyone can see the film, which not everyone necessarily agrees with. That’s why we got in touch with the filmmakers and artists whose films form part of our distribution range. We were totally overwhelmed by their reaction: without any hesitation, they immediately made enough films available for online viewing to enable us to put together a program for the next few weeks. And not just that: everyone who agreed to take part also made an unconditional expression of solidarity. We need the filmmakers but they also need us. arsenal 3 is therefore even more what cinema always actually is: a collaborative project.


march 2020, edition

New DVDs: "Shaihu Umar" and Films by the Sudanese Film Group

In March two new DVDs will be released in cooperation with Filmgalerie 451 in the Arsenal edition. SHAIHU UMAR by Adamu Halilu (Nigeria 1976) was long considered lost. The film is based on the story of the same name by Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, the first prime minister of Nigeria. As part of the cooperation between the Arsenal and the Nigerian Film Cooperation, negatives and film prints were rediscovered and restored in the national film archive in Jos.

In 1989, the Sudanese Film Group was founded with the aim of being involved in all aspects of film production, screening and teaching, and to share the passion of the Sudanese for cinema. However, the coup in the same year put an end to all cultural endeavours. The SFG was only able to register again in 2005. The DVD contains eight short and medium-length films by directors Suliman Elnour, Eltayeb Mahdi and Ibrahim Shaddad from 1964 to 1989.

arsenal cinema: Two or Three Things I Know About Latin America

07:30 pm Cinema 2


Blues Tropical


Ism, Ism

Esplendor do Martírio


La zona intertidal

*Patio Glauber Rocha Brazil 1959
16 mm without dialogue 13 min
Blues Tropical Poli Marichal Puerto Rico 1982
Digital file OV/EnS 4 min
Umbrales Marie Louise Alemann Argentina 1980
Digital file without dialogue 19 min
Ism, Ism Manuel DeLanda USA 1979
Digital file without dialogue 6 min
Esplendor do Martírio Sérgio Péo Brazil 1974
Digital file without dialogue 10 min
Jícama Salvador Díaz Zubieta, Oscar Santos
Mexico 1970 Digital file OV/EnS 7 min
*La zona intertidal Guillermo Escalón, Manuel Sorto, Taller de los Vagos
El Salvador 1980 16 mm without dialogue 14 min

Introduced by Jesse Lerner and Luciano Piazza
arsenal cinema: Berlin Premiere: LA FLOR

08:00 pm Cinema 1

La Flor – Kapitel 1, Akt 1

La Flor – Chapter 1, Act 1
Mariano Llinás Argentina2018
With Elisa Carricajo, Pilar Gamboa,
Valeria Correa, Laura Paredes
DCP OV/EnS 155 min