Wieland Speck – Moving and Still Images – Retrospective at Kino Arsenal

     |    Sunday, der 7. August 2011

Wieland Speck, director of the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section , is a tireless promoter of new trends in arthouse film, and an advocate of queer cinema – at times, important impulses for art film in general have come from directors associated with gay/queer/lgbt (or however you want to label them) movements.

Wieland Speck, director of the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section , is a tireless promoter of new trends in arthouse film, and an advocate of queer cinema – at times, important impulses for art film in general have come from directors associated with gay/queer/lgbt (or however you want to label them) movements.

His achievements as a curator and activist, along with his noteworthy body of work as a filmmaker, are currently being celebrated at Kino Arsenal. Film screenings include works Speck has directed- such as the East-West clandestine love story Westler – East of the Wall or his experimental docudrama about Klaus and Erika Mann Escape to Life, co-directed by Andrea Weiss – and has starred in (Dirnenschicksal), as well as films he discovered and championed.

In the Arsenal’s Red Lobby, an exhibition presents Speck’s photographic works and memorabilia of his film and video productions, including surveillance photographs and a Stasi file compiled about a performance he created for the Berlin Wall. The video documenting this performance, Berlin OFF/ON Wall, will be shown on August 13 as the prelude to a programm of music videos and other music performances shot at the Wall. The Red Lobby also hosts a video café where Speck’s short films and video pieces (including recent work Double Kids, No Income) are on view.

The Wieland Speck retro is on until August 22. Full program here.

Related film: ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SCREEN (documentary about Kreuzberg’s Moviemento cinema, which Speck programmed in the 1970s when it was called the Tali; Speck is interviewed in the film).

Here’s chanteuse Zazie de Paris singing West of Wall from the Westler soundtrack.