july 2020, arsenal cinema

The next stage is here!

The Arsenal cinema at Potsdamer Platz reopens on July 1st. Alongside our activities on the Internet (arsenal 3), in exhibition space (arsenal 4 at silent green) and outside in the open air (arsenal 5 at HKW), we are very happy to be able to offer a program at our original location after a closure period of three and a half months and once again use our cinemas as a public space for shared experiences. As always, the Andrei Tarkovsky retrospective forms part of this year’s double program for July and August – and yet this is no ordinary summer. The Corona pandemic continues, its effects on social, cultural, and political practices can be clearly felt, and its economic consequences are grave. We are experiencing a veritable turning point – and the future is still unclear, something that will have to be managed and adapted to based on an ongoing process. With this mind, the sort of contemporary cinema practice we offer will have to remain flexible and develop step by step. Our streaming area arsenal 3 will form a fixed part of this process and continue as a “footnote cinema”, with films screened there to supplement the programs showing at Arsenal 1 and 2.

Due to the fragility of the current situation and Arsenal’s economic difficulties based on a lack of revenue, we are starting our cinema operations in reduced form to begin with: four evenings a week (Wednesday to Saturday) at Arsenal 1, with a seating capacity of around 70 due to Corona. You can find the program here. It’s the film series we had to interrupt in March that we are now continuing: alongside the program to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Berlinale Forum, this means primarily the “Black Light” retrospective that Greg de Cuir Jr. curated for last year’s Locarno Film Festival. Our selection of 13 films focused on Black American cinema stretches from 1919 to 1991 and has not lost any of its topicality over the last weeks; on the contrary, in fact.

july 2020, arsenal cinema

arsenal 5 at HKW – Heading Outside

July 16 — August 23 2020

The final stage in a series of experiments with the cinema space during the pandemic leads Arsenal to the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. As is the case with arsenal 3 (on the Internet) and arsenal 4 (at silent green), the arsenal 5 program consists almost exclusively of films from the Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art collection.


Cinema is a place of possibility and action, also in the open air. For 6 weeks, the films join us on a trip out-side: we head off to collect images in landscapes that have fallen victim to tourism. We unearth images from the ground and from the archives to take them to where they can tell stories. We observe animals who cast a critical gaze at us in return. We explore and traverse the desert as a resonance chamber. And last, but not least, we investigate the inner workings of our host institution as a stage and production site.

A few highlights will bring the program to an end: Ricky Shayne will perform live to coincide with the screen-ing of Stephan Geene’s Film SHAYNE. We will also be presenting a world premiere in the form of Michael Busch’s HOW LONG IS NOW. And finally, archive expert Vaginal Davis and her partner Daniel Hendrickson invite audiences to the final edition of their “Contemporary Vinegar Syndrome” series!

july 2020, arsenal cinema

arsenal 3 – Continuing with a New Concept from August 1st

First a members’ platform, then a temporary online cinema: at the start of the lockdown in mid-March, we swiftly retooled our streaming service for Arsenal members first founded last autumn into a publicly accessible virtual cinema. Over the last 14 weeks, seven programs each consisting of around 20 films from our collection were presented – we were just as overwhelmed by the solidarity shown by the filmmakers who made their works available to us as we were by the public attention and enthusiasm generated by the platform. We were also very happy to host the film program “Latitude – Camera Memory for Human Forgetfulness” curated by Karina Griffith as part of the Latitude Festival put on by the Goethe-Institut.

arsenal 3 was our immediate reaction to the closing of the Arsenal 1 & 2 cinemas at Potsdamer Platz and the virtual cinema space was an experiment for us – one worked on by many, supported by many (and not just via donations) and which brought together many cinemagoers – a true community project!

june 2020, arsenal cinema

Online Tickets

Online tickets for Arsenal screenings avalaible here.

arsenal cinema: Big Cinema, Small Cinema #27

04:00 pm Cinema 1


Rosalie et Léontine vont au théâtre

Negative Man


Fadenspiele II

How a mosquito operates

*Fluke Emily Breer USA 1985 16 mm 6 min
*Rosalie et Léontine vont au théâtre
Romeo Bosetti F 1911 16 mm 3 min
*Negative Man Cathy Joritz FRG 1985 16 mm 2 min
*PP II M.M. Serra USA 1986 16 mm 1 min
*Fadenspiele II Detel Aurand, Ute Aurand
Germany 2003 16 mm 8 min
*How a mosquito operates Winsor McCay
USA 1912 16 mm 5 min

Short film program and sound workshop for everyone aged 8 and above Sound workshop and moderation: Eunice Martins
arsenal cinema: Public Screening re-selected: American Experimental

07:00 pm Cinema 2

Kustom Kar Kommandos

Oh Dem Watermelons

Glimpse of a Garden

Fog Line

Permanent Wave




Mickey Mouse in Vietnam

All My Life

*Kustom Kar Kommandos Kenneth Anger
USA 1965 16 mm OV 4 min
Oh Dem Watermelons Robert Nelson
USA 1965 16 mm OV 10 min
*Glimpse of a Garden Marie Menken
USA 1957 16 mm OV 5 min
*Fog Line Larry Gottheim
USA 1970 16 mm silent 11 min
*Permanent Wave Anita Thacher
USA 1966 16 mm OV 4 min
*Chumlum Ron Rice USA 1964
16 mm OV 23 min
*Runaway Standish Lawder
USA 1970 16 mm OV 6 min
*Report Bruce Conner USA 1963–67
16 mm OV 13 min
Mickey Mouse in Vietnam Lee Savage
USA 1968 16 mm OV 1 min
*All My Life Bruce Baillie
USA 1966 16 mm OV 3 min

Karola Gramann, Heide Schlüpmann, Christine Noll Brinckmann in person Free admission
arsenal cinema: Youssef Chahine Again and Forever – A retrospective

07:30 pm Cinema 1

Youssef Chahine, subversively politica

Al Asfour

„Youssef Chahine, subversively political“
Lecture by Mathilde Rouxel
In English language
Followed by: *Al Asfour The Sparrow
Egypt/Algeria 1972
With Salah Kabil, Mohsena Tawfiq
35 mm OV/EnS 105 min