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10th March - 31st March 2024

Nothing but Clay

In the universe of Aardman Animations

The British production company Aardman Animations is one of the best-known and most successful animation studios in the world. Its unique reputation is built on so called Claymation, a special form of stop-motion animation. Figures and sets are formed from themoldable plasticine and first captured in still photographs. 

"Nothing but Clay. In the Universe of Aardman Animations" brings together six short and feature-length films made between 1989 and 2015, depicting the entire spectrum of the Aardman studios and presenting their most popular creatures.

2nd March- 30th March 2024

Documentary Positions: Gerd Kroske

As one of the last documentarists trained in the GDR, Gerd Kroske occupies a special position in contemporary documentary filmmaking. Since the late 1980s, his extensive, wide-ranging work has been dedicated to German conditions and biographies in transition, violent manifestations of German history and marginalized areas of society.

1st March - 31st March 2024

A Short Laugh

Comic Characters in the Supporting Programme of 1934

In 1931, under the title "Lob der Charge" (In Praise of the Charge), the Berlin film critic Rudolf Arnheim praised the special quality, wit and stubbornness of the supporting actors in the cinema of the Weimar Republic who were acclaimed by the audience. He was thinking especially of comedians such as Siegfried Arno, Szöke Szakall and Otto Wallburg, all of whom had to flee Germany after the National Socialist seizure of power because of their Jewish origins. Following on from our film series Lob der Charge (In Praise of the Charge) in April 2023, which was devoted to German sound film comedy between 1930 and 1933, we now ask: What happened to the comic charge actors who remained in Germany in the early Nazi era? Which types were in demand from then on? What was allowed and what should be laughed at after Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels had gained control over German filmmaking? What was funny in the "Third Reich"? Kurz gelacht explores these questions and focuses on a corpus of films that was growing rapidly at the time: the short comedies in the supporting programme of the long feature films. In 1934, we again encounter stars of the cabaret stage and popular supporting actresses such as Dodo van Doeren, Blandine Ebinger and Grethe Weiser, Werner Finck, Rudolf Platte and Theo Lingen.

22nd March - 23rd March 2024

Collect Films!

The RAMSCH Filmarchiv

Hundreds of thousands of film reels are stored in film heritage institutions. But much more numerous in the federal state are the small archives and collections, which are often privately owned and pursue their own specialized collecting interests. Despite the size of the public archives, it often happens that certain works cannot be found there. Here, the small archives and collections fill important gaps in the holdings and ensure a richer, more diverse transmission of the film heritage. What gaps do the small archives fill? What is collected there and for what reason? Who are the people behind these small collections? How do they shape their profile? These are the questions that our new series of events "Collect Films!" will be exploring, presenting small collections and the driving forces behind them.

Our first guest is Bernhard Marsch from Cologne, who has built up the private RAMSCH film archive there. He is a filmmaker, author, curator, film lover and the driving force behind many film projects of the "Kölner Gruppe". He has been a member of the Cologne Filmclub 813 team since 1990 and today Bernhard Marsch preserves the complete cinematic oeuvre of the German-Bulgarian filmmaker and artist Marran Gosov. At the Zeughauskino, he presents personal favorites and particularly rarely seen films.

03rd Februar - 03rd March 2024

All Aboard!

German Film History on Rails

A railway journey through German film history, from the 1920s to the early post-reunification period. The rich spectrum of films set on and with the railway can be experienced.

13th January - 26th February 2024

Have a Nice Weekend!

On a Cinema of Free Time

For over 100 years, cinema has been telling the story of how people leave their everyday lives and the daily grind behind them between Friday and Sunday evenings. The retrospective "Have a Nice Weekend" presents a cinematography of this time out.

09th February - 13rd February 2024

On the Ward and Underground

Korean Labor Migration in the Federal Republic of Germany

As part of the recruitment agreements between the Federal Republic of Germany and South Korea, around 8,000 miners as well as 10,000 nurses and care workers came to West Germany until 1977. As fragile as the collective memory of the experiences of this time is, so is the cinematic tradition documenting the lives of the Korean "guest workers" sparse and incomplete. Only the descendants and the next generation of Korean people in Germany sought new approaches to this history in the medium of documentary film.
The directors of the films selected for this program look back on the history of the first generation of Korean labour migration and record what remains and is still visible today. They use archive material and reports from contemporary witnesses, and they relate themselves to what was filmed. But above all, they show images of the present and everyday life and try to understand how the present and everyday life have been significantly shaped by the lives of the migrant workers of the recruitment agreements. These are cinematic works that are still characterized by blank spaces, gaps and unanswered questions.

19th Januar - 29th Januar 2024

The Other America

The Cinematic Images of the United States in the GDR

In nine programmes, the film series highlights striking moments in the cinematic long-distance relationship between the GDR and the USA.