The bittersweet tragicomedies of Georgian/French filmmaker Otar Iosseliani prove particularly fitting for the melancholy ides of March.
Across the whole month, Arsenal honours his oeuvre, screening 22 of the septuagenarian’s features and shorts in original language with a mix of English and German subtitles.
The programme spans Iosseliani’s career, kicking off with his latest work, the blatantly autobiographical Chantrapas (Mar 1, Mar 30, 20:00, with English subs) as a frustrated Georgian director relocates to France (photo). The retrospective leans all the way back to his 1962 dialogue-free student short April (Mar 10, 19:00), while also screening later highlights like the French feature Lundi Matin (Mar 6, Mar 28, 20:00, with German subs), a 1992 Silver Bear-winning exercise in Tati-indebted absurdist social commentary – and a film that fully illustrates the director’s characteristic preference for body language and flowing imagery over speech.
Iosseliani will join Ulrich Gregor in conversation following the first screening of Chantrapas, and again after Giorgobistve (Mar 2, 20:00, with English subs) and Jardins en automne (Mar 3, 20:00, with English subs).
Otar Iosseliani, Mar 1-31 | Arsenal, www.arsenal-berlin.de