<< Week of September 28 >>

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Dogtown Redemption

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Shot over eight years, Dogtown Redemption is an intimate story of recyclers in West Oakland, a journey through a landscape of love and loss, devotion and addiction, prejudice and poverty. Following the lives of four recyclers, from a former minister to a Korean American ex–punk rock drummer, the film chronicles their battles to survive in Oakland’s Dogtown neighborhood, an area battered by...   More >

Dogtown Redemption

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Shot over eight years, Dogtown Redemption is an intimate story of recyclers in West Oakland, a journey through a landscape of love and loss, devotion and addiction, prejudice and poverty. Following the lives of four recyclers, from a former minister to a Korean American ex–punk rock drummer, the film chronicles their battles to survive in Oakland’s Dogtown neighborhood, an area battered by...   More >

Case #1, Case #2: (Ghazieh-e shekl-e aval, ghazieh-e shekl-e dou wom)

Film - Feature | September 22 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A seemingly simple classroom struggle between teacher and students becomes an absorbing lesson in solidarity, ideology, and resistance in Kiarostami’s gripping documentary feature, filmed during the last days of the Shah and finished during the earliest days of the Islamic Revolution. A question is posed to several educators, politicians, and religious figures: Should students name the person...   More >

A Taste of Honey

Film - Feature | September 22 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A Taste of Honey gave sixties Britain one of its most unexpected and delightful stars: Rita Tushingham, a nineteen-year-old Liverpudlian of wide-eyed spirit and wide-mouthed sarcasm. Tushingham plays Jo, a working-class teenager living in open hostility with her wildly vulgar, careless mother (Dora Bryan). After her brief romance with a black sailor leads to predictable complications, Jo strikes...   More >

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

24 Frames: In Focus: Abbas Kiarostami

Film - Series | September 25 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Ahmad Kiarostami

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Post-screeing lecture by Ahmad Kiarostami.
Ahmad Kiarostami is a San Francisco–based entrepreneur with a wide range of experience, from startups to producing films and making music videos.

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...   More >

24 Frames: In Focus: Abbas Kiarostami

Film - Series | September 25 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Ahmad Kiarostami

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Post-screeing lecture by Ahmad Kiarostami.
Ahmad Kiarostami is a San Francisco–based entrepreneur with a wide range of experience, from startups to producing films and making music videos.

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...   More >

Ism, Ism, Ism: Latin Camp

Film - Series | September 25 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

If nostalgia is the impossibility of a return to origin, queer nostalgia is the salvage of a symbolic past. These filmmakers borrow an alternative reading of Hollywood stars, figures who are also sites for mining, appropriation, and excess. These divas suggest private and collective mythologies that work against linear conceptions of time and history. This program proposes a new constellation of...   More >

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Long Train Running: A History of the Oakland Blues

Film - Feature | September 26 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Marlon Riggs and Peter Webster’s thesis project reflects on the heyday of Oakland blues in the late 1940s and ’50s, when an influx of African American shipyard workers mostly hailing from Louisiana and Texas arrived in the Bay Area. Combining vintage photographs, archival footage, interviews, and performances at venues like Eli’s Mile High Club, Riggs and Webster chronicle Oakland’s vibrant past...   More >

Friday, September 27, 2019

War and Peace, Part IV: Pierre Bezukhov

Film - Feature | September 27 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

As Part IV begins, the Russian army is in retreat, and Moscow soon goes up in flames. Pierre is drawn fully into the conflict at last; taken prisoner, he is witness to new cruelties. Andrei and Natasha reach a kind of peace, and as war recedes and Moscow rebuilds, life and love begin again. The series concludes where it started, with the words: “If evil men are linked with one another and are...   More >

Through the Olive Trees: (Zir-e darakhtan-e zeyton)

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A lovelorn village youth gets another chance at romance when he and his disinterested paramour are cast as husband and wife by a visiting film crew in Kiarostami’s wryly romantic, fittingly self-reflective third part of the Koker trilogy, shot in the same village as his earlier Where Is the Friend’s Home? and And Life Goes On. Effectively remixing the entire set-up of And Life Goes On, albeit...   More >

Through the Olive Trees: (Zir-e darakhtan-e zeyton)

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A lovelorn village youth gets another chance at romance when he and his disinterested paramour are cast as husband and wife by a visiting film crew in Kiarostami’s wryly romantic, fittingly self-reflective third part of the Koker trilogy, shot in the same village as his earlier Where Is the Friend’s Home? and And Life Goes On. Effectively remixing the entire set-up of And Life Goes On, albeit...   More >

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Ernest and Celestine

Film - Animated | September 28 | 3:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This magical animated feature inspired by Belgian writer-illustrator Gabrielle Vincent’s children’s books is a pure delight. The friendship between a mouse named Celestine, who is being groomed for a career in dentistry, and the bear Ernest, a musician and poet, is beautifully rendered in pen and watercolor drawings. The English-language version is voiced by an all-star cast including Forest...   More >

The Entertainer

Film - Feature | September 28 | 5:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“That’s right, chaps, remember we’re British!” That’s a running joke in this series, but it starts here. John Osborne’s screen adaptation of his tragicomisatiric play unabashedly retains an aura of theater, set against the evocative backdrop of a seedy seaside town. Laurence Olivier portrays a never-was music-hall comedian and philanderer, Archie Rice; Joan Plowright and Alan Bates (his screen...   More >

Swoon

Film - Feature | September 28 | 8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The only three-time winner of Sundance’s cinematography award, renowned cinematographer Ellen Kuras (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; Summer of Sam) made her fiction debut with Tom Kalin’s atmospheric black-and-white 1992 revisiting of the notorious 1924 Leopold and Loeb murder case, which was also the basis for Hitchcock’s Rope. Wealthy, intellectual, Jewish, and gay, Leopold and Loeb...   More >