january 2020, arsenal cinema

Federico & Marcello – The films of Federico Fellini starring Marcello Mastroianni

Federico Fellini (1920–1993) was one of the most significant personalities of Italian cinema and contributed to film history with his very personal and poetic narrative style. To cele-brate his 100th birthday, the Italian Cultural Institute in Berlin is presenting an exhibition entitled “Fellini/Mastroianni/Alter Ego”. Running from 16th January to 29th February, it will feature hitherto unreleased photographs of the director and his favorite actor Marcello Mastroianni. Arsenal will show 35mm prints of the five films that the two friends made to-gether between 1960 and 1987.

january 2020, arsenal cinema

Kenji Mizoguchi Retrospective

In January, we pursue our Kenji Mizoguchi retrospective with nine more films, including some, which are – unjustifiably – less known, as well as works made during the Second World War and in the immediate post-war era. Up to 1945, the Japanese government maintained control over the film industry. After the war, the US occupiers promoted “de-mocracy” and “emancipation” through film. Mizoguchi, for his part, developed a radical and acute criticism of Japan’s rigid social conventions, its patriarchal structures, and the oppression of women early on in his career. However, the harshness and drama of some of the scenes in his post-war films are particularly striking – they are the eloquent expression of the profound uncertainty that prevailed in Japanese society.

january 2020, arsenal cinema

Magical History Tour – Make Them Laugh

“Make them laugh!” – The Lumière brothers seemingly already made this appeal their own: the first laugh in film history can be seen in the short sketch L’arroseur arrosé from 1895. Now, 125 years later, cinema has diversified and amplified, declined and manipulated, laughter, run through all its possible categories and pushed it in infinite different directions. We no longer just laugh at comedies – pars pro toto, one can mention here the classical "comic relief", when tension, fear or grief, all these emotions, reach a highpoint and suddenly dissolve in a moment of laughter. Apart from films by and starring great comics, the program also turns its attention to the apparent (no less amusing) byways of film history and all the many variations of the laugh, whether it stems from liberation or unease, bursts out from the throat or ends up sticking there, or comes across as uncontrollable or cryptic.

december 2019, berlinale forum

The Berlinale Forum and Forum Expanded Present Their 2020 Anniversary Programme

The Berlinale Forum takes place for the 50th time in 2020. In collaboration with Forum Expanded, the section will be presenting the films shown in the year it was founded to celebrate this anniversary. Bringing the 1971 programme back to the big screen offers a way of examining an era as eventful in society as it was in culture. The relationship between the films, their historical context, and our own present day will form the subject of a day of panel discussions on February 27, 2020.

december 2019, berlinale forum

First Works Confirmed for Forum Expanded

Al-Houbut (The Landing) by Akram Zaatari

The selection of the 15th Forum Expanded is nearly complete. Works already con-firmed include new films by Ana Vaz and Akram Zaatari and installations by Filipa César, Kika Thorne, Joe Namy, Forensic Architecture and The Otolith Group.

Following last year’s successful inaugural show at silent green Kulturquartier, this year’s group exhibition will be taking place there at the underground Betonhalle once again.


arsenal cinema: Unknown Pleasures #11 – American Independent Film Fest

07:00 pm Cinema 1

A New Leaf

A New Leaf Elaine May USA 1971
With Walter Matthau, Elaine May
35 mm OV 102 min

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

07:00 pm Cinema 2


Das Seminar

Gurtrug Nr. 2

Der goldene Schuss – Aus der Serie Hauptsache W. Parkinson

Die Fresse

Oberhausen 1969

Heinrich Viel

Program 2:
Jüm-Jüm Werner Nekes, Dore O.
FRG 1967 16 mm without dialogue 10 min
Das Seminar Werner Nekes, Bazon Brock FRG 1967
Excerpt: 1. Part „Geschichtsstunde“ DCP 12 min
Gurtrug Nr. 2 Werner Nekes FRG 1967
16 mm-Doppelprojektion 13 min
Der goldene Schuss – Aus der Serie Hauptsache W. Parkinson
Winfrid Parkinson FRG 1969 16 mm 8 min
Die Fresse Adolf Winkelmann FRG 1969 DCP 15 min
Oberhausen 1969 Claudia von Alemann FRG 1969 Excerpt DCP 8 min
Heinrich Viel Gisela Büttenbender, Jutta Schmidt FRG 1969 16 mm 36 min

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

09:00 pm Cinema 1

Give Me Liberty

Give Me Liberty Kirill Mikhanovsky
USA 2019 DCP OV 112 min

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

09:30 pm Cinema 2

Worin unsere Stärke besteht

Streik bei Piper & Silz

Program 3:
Worin unsere Stärke besteht
Gerhard Büttenbender, Adolf Winkelmann
FRG 1971 16 mm 54 min
Streik bei Piper & Silz Gerhard Büttenbender, Adolf Winkelmann
FRG 1972 16 mm 31 min

David Slama (Camera) in person, Moderated by Tobias Hering, Peter Hoffmann