october 2019, arsenal cinema

Lynne Ramsay Retrospective

Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsay (*1969) has made a name for herself with her uncompromising work within the more artistically-minded realm of contemporary cinema. Her films grapple with the dark depths of childhood and adolescence, dysfunctional family structures, and traumatic events. Their main interest is the inner lives of their characters, even as they sidestep classical psychology. Whether in the working-class milieu of Scotland, American middle-class suburbia or the New York underworld, the focus is always on guilt, loss or farewells and the lasting impression left by the parent-child relationship. Their approach to their literary antecedents is unusual, their narration elliptical, and their images are often fragmentary. The social realist basis of the films always leaves enough space for moments of magic and lyricism. The use of music is particularly notable, which equally points beyond the social realities being represented.

The retrospective at Arsenal from October 12-23, brings together Lynne Ramsay’s feature films and shorts from 1996–2017. All four features received their world premiere at the Cannes film festival and have received numerous prizes, with such unusual actors as Samantha Morton, Tilda Swinton, Joaquin Phoenix, and John C. Reilly to be found in the leading roles. We’re very happy to welcome Lynne Ramsay to the opening. Unfortunately Lynne Ramsay has had to cancel her visit to Berlin.

october 2019, arsenal cinema

Magical History Tour:
 Of Forms and Figures – Choreographies in Film

People arranged in space, the orchestration of objects, even compositions of facial expressions or gestures – sequences of movements that merge into cinematic choreographies appear in a wide range of forms and in nearly all genres. Even if dancing doesn’t always take place directly, they always contain some element of dance: choreographies in film create rhythm, abstraction, stylization, visual spaces, and webs of relationships, reflect stasis and movement, forge an often physical cinema.

october 2019, arsenal cinema

Spring on the Korean Peninsula: Korean Cinema 1934–1962

The first ever Korean film production – Uirijeuk gutu (The Righteous Revenge, Kim Do-san) – was shown in Korean cinemas in 1919. To coincide with the 100-year anniversary of Korean cinema, we are showing a program curated by Sulgi Lie and Ansgar Vogt from October 17 - 31, which sets its sights on the largely unknown first period of Korean film history. It presents eleven films made between 1934 and 1962 – before the final consolidation of the South Korean film industry in the early 60s – on the Korean peninsula. Few films were made in Korea under Japanese colonial rule (1910–1945). During the Korean War (1950–1953), significant parts of the Korean film industry were also destroyed. What is preserved and still accessible from early Korean film heritage impresses due to its diverse spectrum of different genres, moving between melodrama, coming-of-age stories, war films, comedies, and film noirs. The connecting element between the films in the program is their often highly independent female characters, who attempt to claim their autonomy against social repressions of all kinds.

october 2019, transfer

Seven Things that Happened While You Were Sleeping: Reflecting on Traces, Documents and Archives

The archive — traditionally defined as a repository or ordered system of documents — has incessantly played a significant role in the construction of historical knowledge. Manifesting itself in various forms of traces, it remains until today the primary site for storing, retrieving and interpreting the past. But how could the archive account for all the moments that have not been recorded, the moments of which there has not been a physical trace as such?

The 10-week workshop is participatory, discussion-based, multi-disciplinary and open to artists, writers and researchers with interest and/or experience in the subject matter. Sessions will start on October 15 and will take place weekly through December 17 every Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm at silent green Kulturquartier.

october 2019, berlinale forum

New Cinema Release: "Bait"

arsenal distribution is releasing Mark Jenkin's BAIT as of October 24. The film received its world premiere as part of this year's Forum programme, where it was hailed by audiences and critics alike.

BAIT is a black-and-white film shot on hand-processed 16mm.The picture-postcard idyll of the Cornwall fishing village is misleading. While fishing used to be a way of supporting oneself, wealthy London tourists have now descended and are displacing the locals, whose livelihood is thus threatened. The relationship between brothers Steven and Martin is also strained. Martin is a fisherman without a boat, since Steven started using it for far more lucrative tours for all the day-trippers. They’ve sold the family cottage and now it seems that the final battle to be fought is that with the new owners over the parking space next to the sea. Yet the situation soon gets out of hand, and not just because of the wheel clamp. Numerous close-ups of fish, nets, lobsters, wellington boots, knots and catch baskets bring to mind the theory of a montage of attractions. The depiction of the different social strata – one could speak of class relations – is also reminiscent of the tradition of social realism in British cinema. Above all, however, a whole lot of current political relevance is waiting to be discovered beneath the different layers of film historical references contained in the images. (Anna Hoffmann)

arsenal cinema: Big Cinema, Small Cinema #30: What’s ringing, scratching, rustling there in the film?

04:00 pm Cinema 1


Susan through Corn

Rosalie Danseuse

Zweigroschenzauber

Mothlight

Fadenspiele III

Le chaudron infernal

What’s ringing, scratching, rustling there in the film? Short film program and sound workshop from 8 years upwards
*Susan through Corn Kathleen Laughlin
USA 1974 16 mm OV 2 min
*Rosalie Danseuse Romeo Bosetti
F 1911 35 mm OV 4 min
*Zweigroschenzauber Hans Richter
Germany 1930 16 mm OV 3 min
*Mothlight Stan Brakhage
USA 1963 16 mm OV 3 min
*Fadenspiele III Detel Aurand, Ute Aurand
Germany 2013 16 mm OV 9 min
*Le chaudron infernal Georges Méliès
F 1903 16 mm OV 2 min

Sound workshop and moderation: Eunice Martins
arsenal cinema: Spring on the Korean Peninsula: Korean Cinema 1934–1962

07:00 pm Cinema 2


Mimang-in / The Widow

Mimang-in / The Widow Park Nam-ok
Republic of Korea 1955 Digital file OV/EnS 75 min

Followed by a conversation between Sulgi Lie, Ansgar Vogt and Cho Sun-hee former director Korean Film Archive)
arsenal cinema: Lynne Ramsay Retrospective

07:30 pm Cinema 1


Small Deaths

We Need to Talk About Kevin

Small Deaths UK 1996
35 mm OV 11 min
We Need to Talk About Kevin UK/USA 2011
With Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly
35 mm OV/GeS 112 min