october 2020, arsenal cinema

It goes on...

From this month on, we will be screening films again on a daily basis albeit in one cinema only, Arsenal 1. In line with the new hygiene concept of the state of Berlin, our cinema now has a maximum capacity of 119 (increasing from 69 previously). To make up for the related reduction in mimumum distance, cinemagoers are requested to keep on their masks also while seated in the cinema. And yet, what better place could there be for Michael Mann’s thrillers and action films, most of which were shot in widescreen, to unfold. While Arsenal 2 has to remain closed for reasons of cost unfortunately, we have revamped our virtual cinema arsenal 3, which will in future relate directly to our institution's activities: the cinema program, Arsenal Distribution and Living Archive, our archival practice based on participation and production. From September 15th to 30th, we dedicating the space to our symposium

and the filmmakers Navina Sundaram, Harun Farocki and Sohrab Shahid Saless, who worked closely with NDR, WDR and ZDF.
september 2020, arsenal cinema

The Professional – Michael Mann Retrospective

The author, director and producer Michael Mann (*1943) is one of the most outstanding US filmmakers of our time. Over the past four decades, he has set new standards in genre cinema with his artistic expression and precise craft. His visually ambitious films, often made in collaboration with the cameraman Dante Spinotti, are characterized by a joyful enthusiasm for movement, an exposed dramaturgy of colors and a particular feel for music. Because of his intensive preparatory work, meticulous research and perfectionism, Mann has frequently been compared to Stanley Kubrick. A central theme of his work is professional ethos; and the definition of people through their jobs, the relationship between work and morals, between work and masculinity, as well as solitude and loneliness, are recurring motifs Arsenal is showing all 12 of Mann's films from September 11-30.

august 2020, transfer

Back Again: Kinozauber

Kinozauber, Arsenal’s film education project for pre-school children, kicked off again: Now that the new school year has started, the artists of Arsenal Filmatelier will finally be able to continue their cooperation with EKT Regenbogen-Kidz and also expand the project to two more kindergartens. The project involves groups of pre-school children making several visits to Arsenal to watch experimental shorts from our collection and engage creatively with aspects such as light, shadow, color, sound, film material and projection.

arsenal cinema: Big Cinema, Small Cinema #31: 
Outside in the Park

04:00 pm Cinema 1


Sans titre

Im Park

Bagatelle for Willard Maas

Eaux d’artifice

Der Park

Frankfurt Alter Markt

Eine Fahrt durch Berlin (Ausschnitt)

*Sans titre Karl Heil D 2018 DCP 1 min
Im Park Ute Aurand D 2009 16 mm 6 min
*Bagatelle for Willard Maas Marie Menken USA 1961 16 mm 5 min
*Eaux d’artifice Kenneth Anger USA 1953 16 mm 13 min
Der Park Kinder der Kita Grüne Soße, Frankfurt/Main D 2017 16 mm 6 min
Frankfurt Alter Markt Auguste und Louis Lumière F 1896
Vertont von den Kindern der Kita Regenbogen-Kidz, Berlin Digital file 2 min
Eine Fahrt durch Berlin (Ausschnitt) Oskar Messter D 1910
Vertont von den Kindern Kita Grüne Soße, Frankfurt/Main Digital file 1 min

Moderated by Ute Aurand and Robert Beavers
For everyone aged 7 and above
arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour – Excess and Opulence 


07:30 pm Cinema 1


Le carrosse d’or

Le carrosse d’or The Golden Coach Jean Renoir F/I 1952
With Anna Magnani 35 mm engl. OV 94 min

arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour – Excess and Opulence 


08:00 pm Cinema 2


Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios

Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Pedro Almodóvar Spain 1988
With Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Rossy de Palma
35 mm OV with German and French ST 89 min