november 2021, arsenal cinema

Showcasing 
Helma Sanders-Brahms

Helma Sanders-Brahms was one of the most important German filmmakers of the post-war era. From November 22-27, a selection of seven films from the director’s extensive oeuvre provides an overview. She was comfortable both in fiction and documentary cinema, making films about historical themes as well as about contemporary issues, and poignant dramas as well as political satires. Unconventional biographies of artistic personalities run through her work just as much as fictional portraits of women, which function like a magnifying glass to make visible social and political grievances. As personally motivated as many of her films are, as subjective and emotional in their approach, all of them are genuinely political. Not infrequently, they struck an almost painful chord with the times, which always attracted rejection.

november 2021, arsenal cinema

Showcasing Leos Carax

Leos Carax (born Alexandre Oscar Dupont in 1960) can justifiably be called an exceptional filmmaker. From erstwhile directorial prodigy of the early 1980s, he has developed into a controversial protagonist of international auteur cinema and retains a special position in French film today. Euphorically celebrated or resolutely rejected, the great legend is surrounded by many legends, not least regarding the sensational story behind the production of LES AMANTS DU PONT-NEUF, when he grossly exceeded both budget and deadline. Carax has only made six feature-length films in about 40 years. His slim oeuvre, however, is exceedingly rich in attractions and obsessions. Excessive in means, radically stylized and of great impact, his films cannot be pinned down to any genre. They burst with visual and acoustic inventions and bear witness to an extraordinary wealth of ideas that does not shy away from overdose and comprises numerous cinephile references and allusions to film history. Carax's great theme is unhappy love and his preferred setting is the city of Paris. Denis Lavant functions as his alter ego, and the characters he embodies bear the filmmaker's first names: Alex and Oscar.

On the occasion of the Berlin premiere of Annette, Leos Carax’s most recent film, Arsenal presents a program of five feature-length films made by him between 1983 and 2012 as part of the Berlin French Film Week from November 27 - December 1.

november 2021, arsenal cinema

arsenal 3: Works by this year’s grantholders from arsenal distribution

To accompany the female artists' program in our cinema, on arsenal 3 we will be showing previous works by this year's grantholders, which have found their way into our archive over the years. Deborah Phillips’ analogue films MOSAIC (Germany 2001) and 71 (Germany 2005) create a picturesque and abstract lyrical rush of images by means of a collage technique of overlapping ornaments and details, multiple exposures and superimpositions. Realized on Super 8, Sabine Schöbel's films LUPINEN LÖSCHEN (Germany 2006) and EZB 2011–2012 (Germany 2014) shed an unconventional perspective of the world: LUPINEN LÖSCHEN is about the beauty and horror of a not-so-common misfortune and the circumstances of its disappearance. EZB 2011–2012 documents the building of the new premises of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt during the financial crisis. In Juliane Henrich's SCHLEIFEN (Germany 2014) a detailed examination of the architecture in a small German village an uncanny feeling of displacement and obliteration develops slowly. AUS WESTLICHEN RICHTUNGEN (Juliane Henrich, Germany 2016) is a cinematic reflection on the fuzzy concept of "West Germany" and the images associated with it. Justin Time's female-to-female performance TOSS IT BABY! (Germany 2007) analyzes the media-driven compulsion for beauty and “happyness”. The experimental documentary road movie CHASING HOUSES (Justin Time, Germany 2017) follows mobile homes as they make their way across the US by highway and links the spectacular expanse of the west with the fragile lives of their inhabitants. In their animated documentaries DARSTELLUNGEN VON FLUCHT (Germany 2016) and LANAS GESCHICHTE (Germany 2017), Anna Faroqhi and Haim Peretz shed poignant and haunting light on the lived reality of refugees. The invisible spectrum of light - that which is felt but never seen - becomes a means of approaching trauma-induced memory loss in the essay film UNTITLED SEQUENCE OF GAPS (Vika Kirchenbauer, Germany 2020), which is composed of short vignettes of varying techniques and materiality.

arsenal cinema: Commedia all’italiana

07:00 pm Cinema 1


La visita

*La visita The Visit Antonio Pietrangeli Italy/France 1963
With Sandra Milo, François Périer, Mario Adorf
35 mm OV/GeS 110 min

arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour – 
The Kammerspielfilm

07:30 pm Cinema 2


United Red Army

*United Red Army
Wakamatsu Koji Japan 2007
35 mm OV/GeS 210 min

arsenal cinema: Commedia all’italiana

09:00 pm Cinema 1


Il commissario

Il commissario The Police Commissioner
Luigi Comencini Italy 1962 With Alberto Sordi
35 mm OV/GeS 109 min