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! And please share this fantastic video that the artists Mareike Bernien, Alex Gerbaulet and Susanne Sachsse made with our Arsenal team members! (LINK)

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: Unknown Pleasures #11 – American Independent Film Fest

07:00 pm Cinema 1

En el séptimo día

En el séptimo día Jim McKay USA 2018
DCP OV/EnS 94 min

arsenal cinema: Wherein Consisted Our Strength – The Kassel Film Collective and “other cinema” at the Dörnberg youth center

08:00 pm Cinema 2

31 Sprünge

Adolf Winkelmann, Kassel, 9.12.1967, 11.54h

Es spricht: Ruth Schmidt

Meine Lieben

Der Höcherl

Vertrauende Liebe – Glühender Hass

Program 1:
31 Sprünge Adolf Winkelmann FRG 1967 DCP 4 min
Adolf Winkelmann, Kassel, 9.12.1967, 11.54h
Adolf Winkelmann FRG 1968 16 mm 8 min
Es spricht: Ruth Schmidt Adolf Winkelmann
FRG 1968 16 mm 12 min
Meine Lieben Adolf Winkelmann
FRG 1969 DCP 6 min
Der Höcherl Kollektiv Büttenbender Schmidt Winkelmann
FRG 1969 DCP 25 min
Vertrauende Liebe – Glühender Hass Kollektiv Büttenbender Schmidt Winkelmann
FRG 1969 DCP OmE 29 min

Moderated by Tobias Hering, Peter Hoffmann
arsenal cinema: Unknown Pleasures #11 – American Independent Film Fest

09:00 pm Cinema 1


Ishtar Elaine May USA 1987
With Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman, Isabelle Adjani
35 mm OV 107 min