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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Five Dedicated to Ozu

Film - Documentary | December 1 | 4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Kiarostami's film dedicated to Yasujiro Ozu is composed of five long shots, most taken along the waters of the Caspian Sea, each “starring” such actors as tides and driftwood, a gang of ducks, croaking frogs, or the reflection of the moon. Those wondering “where the action is” need only truly open their eyes to discover a different kind of cinema, and a different kind of seeing. Meditative or...   More >

Amazing Grace

Film - Feature | December 1 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In 1972, Aretha Franklin recorded the live album Amazing Grace at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, backed by the Southern California Community Choir. A film crew documented the two-day performance by the Queen of Soul before audiences that included one of Franklin’s mentors, gospel musician Clara Ward, as well as Mick Jagger. While the recording of the concert became Franklin’s...   More >

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Mr. Klein

Film - Feature | December 4 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

You know something’s happening, but you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Klein? Played with manicured indifference by Alain Delon, Klein is a dispassionate art dealer profiting from the desperation of Jews fleeing occupied France in the early forties. When he learns that the Nazi authorities suspect him of being a Jew, he seeks out the identity of a shadowy double, another Mr. Klein, living...   More >

Thursday, December 5, 2019

The Edge of Democracy with Director Petra Costa

Film - Documentary | December 5 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Center for Latin American Studies

Political documentary and personal memoir collide in this exploration into the complex truth behind the unraveling of two Brazilian presidencies. 113 minutes. English and Portuguese with English subtitles.

After the screening, director Petra Costa will speak in conversation with Academy Award-winner Charles Ferguson.

Fire and Ashes: Making the Ballet RAkU

Film - Documentary | December 5 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Bay Area filmmaker Shirley Sun’s engaging dance film goes behind the scenes with composer Shinji Eshima and San Francisco Ballet resident choreographer Yuri Possokhov as they recount their collaboration with the original cast of RAkU. Set in historic Japan, the ballet is a fictional tale filled with passion, lust, loss, pain, and compassion, based on a true event: the burning of the beautiful...   More >

Friday, December 6, 2019

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Film - Documentary | December 6 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“Words have power,” says Toni Morrison, and she would know. With a warm gleam in her eye, Morrison recalls her life growing up and how she became an author, editor, and champion of new African American literary voices. Featuring archival footage and interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis, Robert Gottlieb, Hilton Als, and many more, The Pieces I Am places the affable and insightful Pulitzer-...   More >

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

Film - Feature | December 6 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Immediately after winning the 2007 Palme d’Or at Cannes, writer-director Cristian Mungiu’s breakthrough film drew comparisons to the work of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. And for good reason: Mungiu has learned much from the Belgian auteurs. Mungiu’s deceptively simple story unfolds in long takes that leave cinematographer Oleg Mutu’s masterful handheld camera unfettered—one minute trailing a...   More >

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Víctor Erice–Abbas Kiarostami: Correspondences

Film - Documentary | December 7 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Created for an innovative museum exhibition in Barcelona and Paris that paired the works of Víctor Erice and Abbas Kiarostami, Correspondences is composed of ten “filmed letters” between the two great filmmakers. As in their other films, children, imagination, and the creative process take center stage; in one, the young grandchildren of the painter from Erice’s The Quince Tree Sun show off their...   More >

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Film - Documentary | December 7 | 8:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Only iconic filmmaker Stanley Nelson could create a documentary that matches the artistry and dynamism of Miles Davis, who defined and embodied “cool” through his music, casual demeanor, and chiseled good looks. Featuring a voiceover from actor Carl Lumbly, who eerily captures Davis’s quintessential rasp, Birth of the Cool skillfully weaves together Davis’s classic jazz performances, rare...   More >

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Shirin

Film - Feature | December 8 | 4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A film about watching and most of all experiencing film, Shirin features close-ups of 112 Iranian actresses (and Juliette Binoche) as they sit, transfixed, watching an adaptation of a famed twelfth-century Iranian epic poem. Or so it seems; the soundtrack they respond to, all galloping hooves, clashing swords, and declarations of love, was created by Kiarostami, but the “film” it evokes does not...   More >

Stuff and Dough

Film - Feature | December 8 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A young man dreaming of enough “dough” to start his own snack stand winds up delivering a package of unknown “stuff” for some dubiously employed gangsters in this deadpan road movie, the debut film by Cristi Puiu, who would go on to direct The Death of Mr. Lazarescu. More Down by Law than Mad Max in its road-movie dynamics (Puiu cited the humor and “emptiness” of Jim Jarmusch’s film as...   More >

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Film Screening - The Long Shadow

Film - Documentary | December 11 | 2-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 john powell, Othering and Belonging Institute; Frances Causey

 400 Years of Resistance to Slavery and Injustice

Of all the divisions in America, none is as insidious and destructive as racism. In this powerful documentary, the filmmakers, both privileged daughters of the South, who were haunted by their families slave owning pasts, passionately seek the hidden truth and the untold stories of how America—guided by the South's powerful political influence—steadily, deliberately and at times secretly,...   More >

The King of Comedy

Film - Feature | December 11 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In a review for the Village Voice, J. Hoberman called The King of Comedy the “richest, most intelligent Hollywood movie of 1983. . . . Between them, Scorsese, Robert De Niro and screenwriter Paul Zimmerman have created an American archetype: Rupert Pupkin . . . the celebrity-crazed would-be standup comedian who attaches himself to TV talk-show host Jerry Lewis. . . . The King of Comedy is a...   More >

Thursday, December 12, 2019

River’s Edge

Film - Feature | December 12 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In the age of Reagan, to “just say no” meant to relinquish that minute, but powerful act of just saying yes. At least this seemed true for a generation of teenagers whose only expression of power came from consuming taboo experience in a world of dead nerve-endings. Director Tim Hunter draws on the true story of a sixteen-year-old Milpitas student who strangles his fourteen-year-old girlfriend,...   More >

Keanu Reeves

Friday, December 13, 2019

Fire and Ashes: Making the Ballet RAkU

Film - Documentary | December 13 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Bay Area filmmaker Shirley Sun’s engaging dance film goes behind the scenes with composer Shinji Eshima and San Francisco Ballet resident choreographer Yuri Possokhov as they recount their collaboration with the original cast of RAkU. Set in historic Japan, the ballet is a fictional tale filled with passion, lust, loss, pain, and compassion, based on a true event: the burning of the beautiful...   More >

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

Film - Feature | December 13 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Rarely has trusting one’s life to health professionals seemed deadlier than in this sardonic comédie humaine that won more than thirty international prizes and was called “the most remarkable film of the year” by the Village Voice. Living alone with his cats and his alcohol, the elderly Dante Lăzărescu experiences chest pain, and calls, then waits, and waits, for an ambulance. So begins...   More >

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Christ Stopped at Eboli

Film - Feature | December 14 | 1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In the mountain village of Gagliano, in the impoverished Lucania region of south-central Italy, a proverb reflects the unchanging nature of the inhabitants’ isolation: even Christ stopped at Eboli, the town at the bottom of the bare and craggy hill. In 1935 Carlo Levi, the leftist writer, physician, and painter, was banished by the Fascist government to three years’ exile in Gagliano. His...   More >

Certified Copy

Film - Feature | December 14 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Juliette Binoche and opera singer William Shimell star in Kiarostami’s playful unspooling of the romance genre, set in a radiant Tuscany where nothing is quite as it seems. Fittingly beginning at a lecture on fakery in art, the film follows an art gallery owner (Binoche) and an author (Shimell) whose chance meeting turns into a lengthy afternoon of conversation, sparring, and play-acting, and...   More >

Mr. Klein

Film - Feature | December 14 | 8:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

You know something’s happening, but you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Klein? Played with manicured indifference by Alain Delon, Klein is a dispassionate art dealer profiting from the desperation of Jews fleeing occupied France in the early forties. When he learns that the Nazi authorities suspect him of being a Jew, he seeks out the identity of a shadowy double, another Mr. Klein, living...   More >

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Out of the Vault: The Brink

Film - Feature | December 15 | 3:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

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12:08 East of Bucharest

Film - Feature | December 15 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“What’s all the fuss about the revolution? No one cares anymore,” says a young trophy mistress during the sixteenth anniversary of the Romanian revolution. Preparing for another year of getting older, drunker, and lonelier, the bickering threesome of a retiree, a teacher, and a television host pose a related question on the host’s show: did a true revolution take place in their town, or did...   More >

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Mr. Klein

Film - Feature | December 18 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

You know something’s happening, but you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Klein? Played with manicured indifference by Alain Delon, Klein is a dispassionate art dealer profiting from the desperation of Jews fleeing occupied France in the early forties. When he learns that the Nazi authorities suspect him of being a Jew, he seeks out the identity of a shadowy double, another Mr. Klein, living...   More >

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Like Someone in Love

Film - Feature | December 19 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A neon-and-glass Tokyo hipster bar may seem a long way from the time-forgotten Iranian villages of Kiarostami’s earlier films, but the great director’s last narrative feature finds many of his concerns the same, capturing how humans move within and are shaped by landscapes and how cinema blurs the line between reality and performance. Here, individuals blur that line just as easily, as our three...   More >

Friday, December 20, 2019

Amazing Grace

Film - Documentary | December 20 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In 1972, Aretha Franklin recorded the live album Amazing Grace at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, backed by the Southern California Community Choir. A film crew documented the two-day performance by the Queen of Soul before audiences that included one of Franklin’s mentors, gospel musician Clara Ward, as well as Mick Jagger. While the recording of the concert became Franklin’s...   More >

Varda by Agnès

Film - Documentary | December 20 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A cinema institution unto herself, the delightfully irreverent Agnès Varda conducts a personal career retrospective as only she can: with accomplished skill, inimitable charm, wit, reverie, and copious wonder. The many outlets of her boundless creativity (photography, art, filmmaking, and architecture) coalesce as Varda shares insight into her artistic fancies and flights in the many projects of...   More >

Saturday, December 21, 2019

24 Frames

Film - Feature | December 21 |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Kiarostami’s final, posthumously released work strips cinema down to its essence: a single frame, creating a hypnotic meditation on image making and the act of seeing that pays tribute to both cinema and the great director’s other passion, photography. Beginning from a philosophical query—“What happens before and after a photograph is taken?”—24 Frames presents twenty-four short motion pictures,...   More >

Varda by Agnès

Film - Documentary | December 21 | 1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A cinema institution unto herself, the delightfully irreverent Agnès Varda conducts a personal career retrospective as only she can: with accomplished skill, inimitable charm, wit, reverie, and copious wonder. The many outlets of her boundless creativity (photography, art, filmmaking, and architecture) coalesce as Varda shares insight into her artistic fancies and flights in the many projects of...   More >

Tokyo Twilight

Film - Feature | December 21 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Yasujiro Ozu’s last black-and-white film finds him in an unusually melodramatic mode. Set among the twilit interiors, dingy bars, and mahjong parlors of Tokyo’s seedier quarters, the story tells of two sisters living with their father. The elder has fled an unhappy marriage; the younger, unmarried, is rapidly sliding into delinquency and worse. When the sisters discover that their mother,...   More >

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Christ Stopped at Eboli

Film - Feature | December 22 | 1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In the mountain village of Gagliano, in the impoverished Lucania region of south-central Italy, a proverb reflects the unchanging nature of the inhabitants’ isolation: even Christ stopped at Eboli, the town at the bottom of the bare and craggy hill. In 1935 Carlo Levi, the leftist writer, physician, and painter, was banished by the Fascist government to three years’ exile in Gagliano. His...   More >

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Fanny and Alexander

Film - Feature | December 26 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Ingmar Bergman’s dreamlike family chronicle is set in turn-of-the-century Sweden, where the members of an upper-middle-class theatrical clan are sheltered by their own theatrics from the deepening chaos of the outside world. Bergman has the grace in this most graceful film not to view their histrionics and eccentricities as neuroses. One tumultuous year in the life of the Ekdahl family is viewed...   More >

Varda by Agnès

Film - Documentary | December 26 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A cinema institution unto herself, the delightfully irreverent Agnès Varda conducts a personal career retrospective as only she can: with accomplished skill, inimitable charm, wit, reverie, and copious wonder. The many outlets of her boundless creativity (photography, art, filmmaking, and architecture) coalesce as Varda shares insight into her artistic fancies and flights in the many projects of...   More >

Friday, December 27, 2019

Notorious

Film - Feature | December 27 |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

As Hitchcock told François Truffaut, Notorious involves “the old conflict between love and duty.” Cary Grant is in love with Ingrid Bergman, but his job as an intelligence agent demands that he let her marry another man. Bergman, who undertakes the expiation of her guilt for her Nazi father’s treason, suffers a similar conflict. In this film Hitchcock hit his stride, using camera movements and...   More >

Tokyo Twilight

Film - Feature | December 27 | 2 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Yasujiro Ozu’s last black-and-white film finds him in an unusually melodramatic mode. Set among the twilit interiors, dingy bars, and mahjong parlors of Tokyo’s seedier quarters, the story tells of two sisters living with their father. The elder has fled an unhappy marriage; the younger, unmarried, is rapidly sliding into delinquency and worse. When the sisters discover that their mother,...   More >

Amazing Grace

Film - Documentary | December 27 | 5 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In 1972, Aretha Franklin recorded the live album Amazing Grace at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, backed by the Southern California Community Choir. A film crew documented the two-day performance by the Queen of Soul before audiences that included one of Franklin’s mentors, gospel musician Clara Ward, as well as Mick Jagger. While the recording of the concert became Franklin’s...   More >

Saturday, December 28, 2019

The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Film - Animated | December 28 | 3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

One of the world’s first animated feature films, Lotte Reiniger’s enchanting work uses intricate silhouettes made from cutout cardboard and thin sheets of lead, an animation technique she invented, to enact a tale from The Arabian Nights. The film tells the story of a wicked sorcerer who tricks Prince Achmed into mounting a magical flying horse. What follows is a series of wondrous adventures....   More >

The Gleaners and I

Film - Feature | December 28 | 5 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

After the screening on December 28, enjoy a Film to Table dinner at Babette, the cafe at BAMPFA. Join an intimate group of fellow filmgoers for a four-course, prix-fixe meal in a convivial, dinner-party atmosphere. Purchase dinner tickets in advance at babettecafe.com (film tickets must be purchased separately).

Gleaning has meanings both literal, to gather grain left behind by reapers (the...   More >

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Film - Documentary | December 28 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Only iconic filmmaker Stanley Nelson could create a documentary that matches the artistry and dynamism of Miles Davis, who defined and embodied “cool” through his music, casual demeanor, and chiseled good looks. Featuring a voiceover from actor Carl Lumbly, who eerily captures Davis’s quintessential rasp, Birth of the Cool skillfully weaves together Davis’s classic jazz performances, rare...   More >

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Fire and Ashes: Making the Ballet RAkU

Film - Documentary | December 29 | 2:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Bay Area filmmaker Shirley Sun’s engaging dance film goes behind the scenes with composer Shinji Eshima and San Francisco Ballet resident choreographer Yuri Possokhov as they recount their collaboration with the original cast of RAkU. Set in historic Japan, the ballet is a fictional tale filled with passion, lust, loss, pain, and compassion, based on a true event: the burning of the beautiful...   More >

Vagabond

Film - Feature | December 29 | 4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Varda created a chilling fiction around the true story of a young woman who froze to death in the south of France, the proverbial land of sunshine. She approaches the story of Mona (Sandrine Bonnaire)—a young dropout with only a backpack and tent to her name, who wanders south for the winter—from the stance of the curious journalist. Thus this film of elegant clarity, while moving, is finally...   More >

Elevator to the Gallows

Film - Feature | December 29 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

We close out 2019 with Louis Malle’s first feature, an elegant, Hitchcockian thriller. Maurice Ronet and Jeanne Moreau star as an ex-paratrooper and his lover whose plot to murder her husband goes awry. Adroitly bringing in the wider issues of the Indochina war, industry, and runaway machinery, Malle creates a milieu for his frantic, frustrated lovers (who never once share screen space), while an...   More >