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  • Film still from CENTRAL PARK. A group of roller skaters in Central Park.

    Frederick Wiseman Retrospective

    From May 4 to 29, we will show 21 films by the great chronicler of (American) institutions and towns.

  • Film still from TERRA FEMME. You can see a huge octopus figure with scowling face on a meadow.

    Live performance by Courtney Stephens

    TERRA FEMME is screened as a live performance on 21.5.: in similar fashion to the historical screenings of the travelogues, the filmmaker speaks the text for her film live in the auditorium.

  • Film still from BICENTENARIO. A street scene in Colombia, you see painted houses, a car and some people.

    arsenal 3 this month

    arsenal 3’s program in May is dedicated to films that show parallel worlds and have themselves disappeared into a kind of invisible parallel world due to the pandemic.

  • 19:00
    Film still from HIGH SCHOOL II. Stundents sitting in a classroom.

    High School II

    Frederick Wiseman USA 1994

    16 mm Original version 220 min.

    Video introduction: Jim McKay

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  • 19:30
    Film still from BALLET. A group of dancers at a rehearsal.


    Frederick Wiseman USA 1995

    16 mm Original version 170 min.

    Arsenal 1

  • 19:00
    Film still from BELFAST, MAINE. Women work on the assembly line of a factory.

    Belfast, Maine

    Frederick Wiseman USA 1999

    16 mm Original version 248 min.

    Video introduction: Robert Greene

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  • 19:00
    Film still from TERRA FEMME. You can see a huge octopus figure with scowling face on a meadow.

    Terra Femme

    Courtney Stephens USA 2017-2021

    DCP Original version 62 Min.

    With a live performance by Courtney Stephens

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  • 21:15
    Film still from ESSENE. A monk is sitting at a table with a book in front of him.


    Frederick Wiseman USA 1972

    16 mm Original version 86 min.

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  • 19:00
    Film still from DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. On a blackboard, a diagram of domestic violence methods is drawn with chalk.

    Domestic Violence

    Frederick Wiseman USA 2001

    16 mm Original version 196 min.

    Introduced by Courtney Stephens

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  • 19:30
    Film still from MODEL. A young woman is made up.


    Frederick Wiseman USA 1980

    16 mm Original version 129 min.

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  • 19:30
    Film still from NATIONAL GALLERY. A woman explains a work of art to a group of museum visitors.

    National Gallery

    Frederick Wiseman USA, F,UK 2015

    DCP Original version with German subtitles 180 min.

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Karl Winter

Karl Winter (13.9.1949 – 18.2.2022)

Our colleague, friend and companion for many long years, Karl Winter passed away unexpectedly in the early hours of February 18th. Following his own cinema projects and initiatives as well as a position at the Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek, he worked as a managing clerk at Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art (Friends of the German Film Archive until 2008) from 1987 to 2012 and yet was far more than that: Karl was the heart and soul of the distribution department. Every year after the Berlinale, he brought the films that screened at the Forum to cinemas with passion and conviction. In so doing, he never forgot older films in the collection, short experimental works or the unknown titles he conjured up. His most important means of communication was the telephone. Some may still remember how he would sit in his office in the front window of Welserstraße 25, telephone receiver in his hand, index cards all around him and the 16mm projector behind him for rapid screenings as necessary. In many, many personal conversations, he heard about the difficulties, but also the successes of the cinema landscape. None of this changed when we moved to Potsdamer Platz: he listened, gave advice, offered sympathy when things didn’t work out and shared the joy of cinema owners and filmmakers when events went well. Through his experience, knowledge and ideas, he was involved in the programming of hundreds of regional arthouse and repertory cinemas and film clubs over his 25 years of service. He was always there for us too, also long after his retirement. Karl personified everything about cinema: collective thinking, shared experience and showing solidarity in one’s actions. 
Karl Winter is a huge part of our history and we will always remember him. We’re hugely sad and deeply affected by his loss. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. 

Hygiene rules

Hygiene Concept

From 1.4. onwards, a mask must be worn the whole time. The number of available seats is restricted. The 3G rule no longer applies.

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