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2023

07.02.23
19:00
Samsara (2011) / Part or Apart from Nature
FilmTalk

Samsara (2011) / Director: Ron Fricke / Length: 102 min. / Language: None / Subtitles: None / Entrance: FREE

Kino ARMATA and DYVÓ present a series of monthly collaborations on the topic of climate change and the environment. Each month will feature different films that address our connections with nature, animals, the environment and topics such as plastic pollution and climate change followed by discussions and reflections after the film screening.

We’re starting the first collaboration with "Samsara" directed by Ron Fricke, a poetic film about industrial life that has become an inevitable part of us.

How aware are we of the way we live, but how aware are we of the way we consume as a society? Are we part of nature or do we see it as something separate from us that we can exploit? Are our habits changeable and can we together avoid an event that otherwise has the potential to be catastrophic for the earth? We hope this film inspires us to a new awareness of the environment around us.

Filmed in twenty-five locations over a five-year period and acclaimed for its mesmerizing visuals and music, this film captures both the tedious and the wonderful, as well as the greatest depths of the human spirit.

03.02.23
19:00
Return of the Kung Fu Dragon (1976) / Trash Trilogy
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Return of the Kung Fu Dragon (1976) / Director: Chick Lim Yu / Length: 84 min. / Language: English / Subtitles: English / Entrance: FREE

We close the Trash Trilogy with Return of the Kung Fu Dragon, a 1976 Taiwanese film directed by Chick Lim Yu. On the idyllic Phoenix island in the south china sea a golden city becomes the birthplace to a new form of Kung Fu. Soon an evil tyrant threatens the peace and harmony of once such a proud city. A generation passes and a brave prince, a fearless princess and a foolish dwarf with the powers of invisibility team up to return a kingdom to its people as they wrest it from the hands of the evil tyrant.

02.02.23
19:00
First Spaceship on Venus (1960) / Trash Trilogy
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First Spaceship on Venus (1960) / Director: Kurt Maetzig / Length: 79 min. / Language: English / Subtitles: English / Entrance: FREE

First Spaceship on Venus is a 1960 East German/Polish color science fiction film based on the 1951 science fiction novel The Astronauts by Stanisław Lem. 

After finding an ancient, long-buried flight recorder that originally came from a spaceship, apparently from Venus, a human spaceship is dispatched. The crew discovers a long-dead Venusian civilization that had constructed a device intended to destroy all life on the Earth prior to invasion. Before they could execute their plan, they perished in a global nuclear war.

01.02.23
19:00
Attack from Space (1964) / Trash Trilogy
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Attack from Space (1964) / Director: Teruo Ishii / Length: 76 min. / Language: English / Subtitles: English / Entrance: FREE

We start the trash film trilogy with Attack from Space (1964), the film that tells the story of superhero Starman who is sent by the Emerald Planet to protect Earth from belligerent aliens from the Sapphire Galaxy. The Sapphireans (or "Spherions") kidnap Dr. Yamanaka and force him to use his spaceship against the Earth.

Attack from Space was edited together for American television from films #5 and #6 of the 1957 Japanese short film series Super Giant, also directed by Teruo Ishii.

31.01.23
19:00
2+1 documentaries on Kosovo’s modern architecture
FilmDocumentary

“2+1 documentaries on Kosovo's modern architecture" presents three short documentaries on selected modern architecture buildings. The aim of producing these documentary series is video-documentation of modern architecture through personal stories of inhabitants of modernist buildings and professional viewpoints on values and importance of Kosovo's modern architecture.

1. Short documentary "Colors" on the Bankos building in Peja
2. Short documentary "Lines" on the Youth and Sports Palace building in Prishtina
3. Short documentary "Domes" on the National Library building ion Prishtina

After the screenings a debate will be held on the importance of documenting modernist heritage.

27.01.23
19:00
CONCERT / Brass Orchestra Prizren
ConcertMusic

CONCERT / Brass Orchestra Prizren

Musa Piperku, Leonard Deda, Jusuf Gërvalla, Simon Gjoni, Johann Sebastian Bach, Astor Piazzolla, Mark Ronson, Jon Bon Jovi, Pharell Williams 

Conductor: Edon RAMADANI 

27.01.2023
Friday, 19:00h
Kino ARMATA

Supported by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports of the Republic of Kosovo

26.01.23
19:00
Teenagers from Outer Space (1959) / B-Trilogy
Film

Teenagers from Outer Space (1959) / Director: Tom Graeff / Length: 86 min. / Language: English / Subtitles: English / Entrance: FREE

The week of sci-fi B-films ends with Teenagers from Outer Space, a 1959 independently made American black-and-white science fiction film released by Warner Bros. The film was produced, written, and directed by Tom Graeff and stars David Love, Dawn Bender, Bryan Grant, Harvey B. Dunn, Tom Graeff, and King Moody.

In the film, alien teenager Derek abandons his crew to search for a new life on Earth, while one of his crewmates is sent to kill him while they attempt to eradicate human life in order to farm Earth with giant lobster-like livestock they call Gargons.

TRIVIA: The movie's budget was so low the production couldn't afford lighting and all of the "night" scenes had to be shot in broad daylight.

25.01.23
19:00
Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968) / B-Trilogy
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Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968) / Director: Peter Bogdanovich / Length: 78 min. / Language: English / Subtitles: English / Entrance: FREE

The week of classic science fiction B-films continues with Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women, a 1968 science fiction film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, an adapted version of Curtis Harrington's Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet, which in turn is adapted from the Russian 1962 feature Planeta Bur by Pavel Klushantsev.

Astronauts landing on Venus encounter dangerous creatures and almost meet sexy Venusian women. The astronauts kill a creature that is worshiped by the Venusian women who then attempt to use their powers of nature to kill the astronauts but fail. At last, the astronauts leave the planet and their robot that was burnt by the volcano fire is placed as a god by the Venusian women who have already destroyed the statue of their previous god (a bird).

24.01.23
19:00
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) / B-Trilogy
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Plan 9 from Outer Space (1957) / Director: Edward D. Wood Jr. / Length: 79 min. / Language: English / Subtitles: English / Entrance: FREE

The week of sci-fi B-films begins with Plan 9 from Outer Space (originally titled Grave Robbers from Outer Space), a 1959 American independent black and white science fiction film, written, produced, directed, and edited by Ed Wood, that stars Gregory Walcott, Mona McKinnon, Tor Johnson and Vampira (Maila Nurmi). The film also posthumously bills Bela Lugosi as a star (silent footage of the actor had actually been shot by Wood for another, unfinished film just prior to Lugosi's death in August 1956).

The storyline concerns extraterrestrials who are seeking to stop humanity from creating a doomsday weapon that could destroy the universe. The aliens implement "Plan 9," a scheme to resurrect the Earth's dead, referred to as "ghouls." By causing chaos, the aliens hope the crisis will force humanity to listen to them. If not, the aliens will then destroy mankind with armies of the undead.

Plan 9 from Outer Space played on television in relative obscurity until 1980, when authors Harry Medved and Michael Medved dubbed it the "worst film ever made" in their book The Golden Turkey Awards. Wood and his film were posthumously given two Golden Turkey Awards for Worst Director Ever and Worst Film. It has since been retroactively described as "the epitome of so-bad-it's-good cinema" and has gained a cult following.

20.01.23
19:00
La Chinoise (1967) / Tribute to Jean-Luc Godard
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La Chinoise (1967) / Director: Jean-Luc Godard / Length: 96 min. / Language: French / Subtitles: English / Entrance: FREE

Kino ARMATA, a public space in Prishtina that promotes alternative culture and social dialogue, has the pleasure of announcing the next partnership with Alliance Française de Pristina, the French Embassy in Kosovo and IF Cinema in bringing to Prishtina and Kosovo audiences some of the most important and relevant works of French auteurs.

As part of Tribute to Jean-Luc Godard, Kino ARMATA is screening La Chinoise, a 1967 French political film directed by Jean-Luc Godard about a group of young Maoist activists in Paris.

La Chinoise is a loose adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's 1872 novel Demons. In the novel, a group of five disaffected citizens, each representing a different ideological persuasion and personality type, conspire to overthrow the Russian imperial regime through a campaign of sustained revolutionary violence. The film, set in contemporary Paris and largely taking place in a small apartment, is structured as a series of personal and ideological dialogues dramatizing the interactions of five French university students—three young men and two young women—belonging to a radical Maoist group called the "Aden Arabie Cell" (named after the novel Aden, Arabie by Paul Nizan). The film won the Grand Jury Prize in 1967 Venice Film Festival.

Jean-Luc Godard (1930-2022) was a Franco-Swiss filmmaker and a leading member of the "French New Wave”. Known for stylistic innovations that challenged the conventions of Hollywood cinema, he is universally recognized as the most audacious, radical, as well as the most influential of the Nouvelle Vague filmmakers. His work reflects a fervent knowledge of film history, a comprehensive understanding of existential and Marxist philosophy, and a profound insight into the fragility of human relationships.

IN-DEPTH BIO: http://www.newwavefilm.com/french.../jean-luc-godard.shtml

19.01.23
19:00
Alphaville (1965) / Tribute to Jean-Luc Godard
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Alphaville (1965) / Director: Jean-Luc Godard / Length: 99 min. / Language: French / Subtitles: English / Entrance: FREE

Kino ARMATA, a public space in Prishtina that promotes alternative culture and social dialogue, has the pleasure of announcing the next partnership with Alliance Française de Pristina, the French Embassy in Kosovo and IF Cinema in bringing to Prishtina and Kosovo audiences some of the most important and relevant works of French auteurs.

As part of Tribute to Jean-Luc Godard, Kino ARMATA is screening Alphaville, a 1965 French New Wave science fiction neo-noir film directed by Jean-Luc Godard. It stars Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Howard Vernon and Akim Tamiroff. The film won the Golden Bear award of the 15th Berlin International Film Festival in 1965.

Alphaville combines the genres of dystopian science fiction and film noir. There are no special props or futuristic sets; instead, the film was shot in real locations in Paris, the night-time streets of the capital becoming the streets of Alphaville, while modernist glass and concrete buildings (that in 1965 were new and strange architectural designs) represent the city's interiors. The film is set in the future but the characters also refer to twentieth-century events; for example, the hero describes himself as a Guadalcanal veteran.

Jean-Luc Godard (1930-2022) was a Franco-Swiss filmmaker and a leading member of the "French New Wave”. Known for stylistic innovations that challenged the conventions of Hollywood cinema, he is universally recognized as the most audacious, radical, as well as the most influential of the Nouvelle Vague filmmakers. His work reflects a fervent knowledge of film history, a comprehensive understanding of existential and Marxist philosophy, and a profound insight into the fragility of human relationships.

IN-DEPTH BIO: http://www.newwavefilm.com/french.../jean-luc-godard.shtml

18.01.23
19:00
Breathless (1960) / Tribute to Jean-Luc Godard
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Breathless (1960) / Director: Jean-Luc Godard / Length: 90 min. / Language: French / Subtitles: English / Entrance: FREE

Kino ARMATA, a public space in Prishtina that promotes alternative culture and social dialogue, has the pleasure of announcing the next partnership with Alliance Française de Pristina, the French Embassy in Kosovo and IF Cinema in bringing to Prishtina and Kosovo audiences some of the most important and relevant works of French auteurs.

As part of Tribute to Jean-Luc Godard, Kino ARMATA is screening Breathless, a 1960 French crime drama film written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard. It stars Jean-Paul Belmondo as a wandering criminal named Michel, and Jean Seberg as his American girlfriend Patricia. The film was Godard's first feature-length work and represented Belmondo's breakthrough as an actor.

Breathless is an influential example of French New Wave (nouvelle vague) cinema. Along with François Truffaut's The 400 Blows and Alain Resnais's Hiroshima Mon Amour, both released a year earlier, it brought international attention to new styles of French filmmaking. At the time, Breathless attracted much attention for its bold visual style, which included then unconventional use of jump cuts.

Jean-Luc Godard (1930-2022) was a Franco-Swiss filmmaker and a leading member of the "French New Wave”. Known for stylistic innovations that challenged the conventions of Hollywood cinema, he is universally recognized as the most audacious, radical, as well as the most influential of the Nouvelle Vague filmmakers. His work reflects a fervent knowledge of film history, a comprehensive understanding of existential and Marxist philosophy, and a profound insight into the fragility of human relationships.

IN-DEPTH BIO: http://www.newwavefilm.com/french.../jean-luc-godard.shtml

13.01.23
19:00
The Jazz Singer (1927) / Public Domain 2023
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The Jazz Singer (1927) / Director: Alan Crosland / Length: 89 min. / Language: English / Entrance: FREE

We begin 2023 program with films that just entered public domain including The Jazz Singer, a 1927 American musical drama film directed by Alan Crosland and produced by Warner Bros Pictures. It is the first feature-length motion picture with both synchronized recorded music score as well as lip-synchronous singing and speech (in several isolated sequences). Its release heralded the commercial ascendance of sound films and effectively marked the end of the silent film era with the Vitaphone sound-on-disc system and features six songs performed by Al Jolson.

The film depicts the fictional story of Jakie Rabinowitz, a young man who defies the traditions of his devout Jewish family. After singing popular tunes in a beer garden, he is punished by his father, a hazzan (cantor), prompting Jakie to run away from home. Some years later, now calling himself Jack Robin, he has become a talented jazz singer, performing in blackface. He attempts to build a career as an entertainer, but his professional ambitions ultimately come into conflict with the demands of his home and heritage.

12.01.23
19:00
The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927) / Public Domain 2023
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The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927) / Director: Alfred Hitchcock / Length: 90 min. / Language: English / Entrance: FREE

We begin 2023 program with films that just entered public domain including The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, a 1927 British silent thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Marie Ault, Arthur Chesney, June Tripp, Malcolm Keen and Ivor Novello. The film is based on the 1913 novel The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes and the play Who Is He? co-written by Belloc Lowndes. Its plot concerns the hunt for a Jack the Ripper-like serial killer in London.

Hitchcock's first thriller, the film established him as a name director. Upon its release the trade journal Bioscope wrote: "It is possible that this film is the finest British production ever made". It also saw Hitchcock make his first cameo appearances in a film; he was depicted sitting in a newsroom, and in the second, standing in a crowd as the leading man is arrested.

11.01.23
19:00
Metropolis (1927) / Public Domain 2023
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Metropolis (1927) / Director: Fritz Lang / Length: 153 min. / Intertitles: English / Entrance: FREE

We begin 2023 program with films that just entered public domain including Metropolis, a 1927 German expressionist science-fiction film directed by Fritz Lang and written by Thea von Harbou in collaboration with Lang from von Harbou's 1925 novel of the same name. The silent film is regarded as a pioneering science-fiction movie, being among the first feature-length movies of that genre.

Made in Germany during the Weimar period, Metropolis is set in a futuristic urban dystopia and follows the attempts of Freder, the wealthy son of the city master, and Maria, a saintly figure to the workers, to overcome the vast gulf separating the classes in their city and bring the workers together with Joh Fredersen, the city master. The film's message is encompassed in the final inter-title: "The Mediator Between the Head and the Hands Must Be the Heart".