<< Week of February 26 >>

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

It Happened One Night

Film - Feature | February 27 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This here’s a screwball comedy that throws some real curves: most particularly a leggy Claudette Colbert and a shirtless Clark Gable. Cheeky Colbert plays a runaway heiress on a bus north to find her fiancé; instead she finds fellow traveler Gable, an ace reporter with everything but an assignment. The repartee (written by Robert Riskin, who won an Oscar for the screenplay) is faster than a...   More >

Dreams Are Colder Than Death

Film - Feature | February 27 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Fifty years after Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, a collective of African American filmmakers, artists, and intellectuals reflect on the goals and ambitions of the civil rights movement and where things stand today. Jafa arranges the thoughts of this eloquent chorus into a profoundly moving score that also elucidates the origin of the concept of blackness and the...   More >

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Affective Proximity: Films by Arthur Jafa and Others

Film - Series | February 28 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Fundamental to Arthur Jafa’s artistic process is the compilation, editing, and remixing of appropriated images through what John Akomfrah has called “affective proximity.” For this program Jafa has selected films that explore the effects of violence on black individuals and communities while also depicting their beauty, power, and resilience. Dawn Suggs’s Chasing the Moon is a short meditation on...   More >

Friday, March 1, 2019

Ulrike Ottinger: Nomad from the Lake

Film - Documentary | March 1 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This personal portrait of Ulrike Ottinger begins in the lakeside city of Konstanz, Germany, where she was born and spent the early part of her career. It goes on to describe key moments in her life and artistic development, including the impact of student protests in Paris and her move from painting to filmmaking. Excerpts from Ottinger’s films explore her cinematic style, combining fact and...   More >

The Mystery of Picasso

Film - Documentary | March 1 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In a style devised for this film about his artist pal, Clouzot sets up a camera behind a translucent surface, so that the maestro’s every painterly gesture is recorded. Paintings emerge from the seemingly effortless frenzy of flourishes, some successful, some merely a mimicry of Picasso performing himself—“superficial,” he cries out at one point, then revises his failed work, backtracking,...   More >

Saturday, March 2, 2019

African Film Festival 2019

Film - Series | March 2 – May 10, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

March 2–May 10, 2019

This year’s edition of the African Film Festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora. We pay tribute to the great director Bill Gunn—also an actor, playwright, and novelist—with new restorations of two genre-benders, his radical horror film Ganja & Hess and his “meta–soap opera” Personal Problems. The latter was conceived by...   More >

The Cold Heart

Film - Feature | March 2 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Filmed in 1931–33 by the young piano teacher Karl Ulrich Schnabel, The Cold Heart is a curiosity, a long-unfinished film that remained hidden for years until the reels were found and restored by Raff Fluri. In this morality tale set largely in the forests and villages around Berlin, our protagonist, Peter Munk (played by young Swiss actor Franz Schnyder), encounters challenges that test his soul...   More >

Hyenas

Film - Feature | March 2 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Center for African Studies

Mambéty adapts a timeless parable about human greed into a biting satire of Africa betraying the hopes of independence for the false promises of Western materialism. Years ago, in Dakar’s port district, a mysterious prostitute, Linguère, appeared for a few years, and just as suddenly disappeared. Mambéty imagined her history, and then discovered an ending for her story when he saw Ingrid Bergman...   More >