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.

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.

september 2020, arsenal cinema

70 mm: 2001 – A SPACE ODYSSEY

After a six-month break, we are continuing our 70 mm series and by popular demand once again screening Stanley Kubrick's 2001 - A SPACE ODYSSEY (GB/USA 1965-68) on September 1 and 19. Shot in Super Panavision 70, this film in four parts, which is "more mythological than sci-fi" (Stanley Kubrick), traces evolution from primates to computers. In 2001, a mysterious, ray-emitting monolith, which aliens are presumed to use as an "observation station", is discovered on the moon. A spacecraft with five scientists and the HAL 9000 supercomputer on board is dispatched to the area of Jupiter to find its origins. We will screen the version presented by Christopher Nolan in 2018 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the film's world premiere: "This is a true photochemical film recreation. There are no digital tricks, remastered effects, or revisionist edits.“

september 2020, arsenal cinema

Symposium: The right to a public - working with TV archives

For more than 50 years, public broadcasters have been producing, co-producing and purchasing cinema films, launching programs and commissioning freelance authors and filmmakers. The invaluable collection that has emerged can be attributed to the enthusiasm of individual editors and editorial teams, as well as to the public broadcasters' educational mission enshrined in law. However, from the start, there has been a contradiction between the public funding of the stations and limited publicity for the products, which have often disappeared into archives after being broadcast, available for commercial exploitation.

In a day-long symposium on September 23 featuring three panel discussions, participants will discuss the possibility of turning TV archives into "living archives" and making their collections available for research and cultural education. Taking as an example the filmmakers Navina Sundaram, Harun Farocki and Sohrab Shahid Saless, who worked closely with NDR, WDR and ZDF in particular, the idea is to develop concrete models, alongside these broadcasters and other social actors, to ensure (public) access to the collections and thus to the visualization of film history.

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: 11. ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin – 
Nomad Edition

07:00 pm Cinema 1


You Will Die at Twenty

You Will Die at Twenty Amjad Abu Alala
Sudan/F/Egypt/G/Norway/Qatar 2019
DCP OV/EnS 105 min

arsenal cinema: 11. ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin – 
Nomad Edition

09:15 pm Cinema 1


Talking About Trees

Talking About Trees Suhaib Gasmelbari
F/Sudan/Chad/G/Qatar 2019
DCP OV/EnS 93 min