<< Week of October 06 >>

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Crows and Sparrows: (Wuya yu maque)

Film - Feature | October 6 | 1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A Shanghai apartment building serves as a microcosm of China’s class struggles in Zheng Junli’s striking urban drama, filmed during the last days of China’s Nationalist rule and already looking forward to, as one character states, “a New Society.” A scheming Nationalist official and his greedy wife purchase an apartment building and proceed to lord it over the hardworking families still renting...   More >

The Kingmaker

Film - Documentary | October 6 | 5 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Dubbed “Marie Antoinette with shoes,” Imelda Marcos was the first lady of the Philippines for twenty-one years, notorious for her lavish lifestyle while her country sank into unrest and economic turmoil. She and her husband Ferdinand amassed a fortune in the billions before they were forced into exile during the 1986 revolution. Director Lauren Greenfield first featured Marcos in her book...   More >

The Whistlers

Film - Feature | October 6 | 7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

One of the pillars of the Romanian New Wave, Corneliu Porumboiu (Police, Adjective) is known for his somber, wry studies of human nature, but none of his previous features will fully prepare you for The Whistlers, a sleek and exhilarating thriller that pays homage to the escapist spirit of Hollywood’s yesteryear. Veteran character actor Vlad Ivanov (Snowpiercer) gives a standout performance as...   More >

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Servant

Film - Feature | October 9 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“Don’t be fooled . . . by PBS prestigerie like Upstairs Downstairs,” critic Raymond Durgnat wrote in 1977 (and decades later, we would add Downton Abbey to the comparison); “they’re nostalgic recuperations of all the tensions plotted by Harold Pinter and Joseph Losey in this, their seminal study of master-servant relationships. How and why does the rich young man with aristocratic pretensions...   More >

Cine Latino: ¡Las Sandinistas!

Film - Documentary | October 9 | 7-9 p.m. | 160 Kroeber Hall

 Center for Latin American Studies

¡Las Sandinistas! reveals the untold stories of Nicaraguan women warriors and social revolutionaries who shattered barriers during Nicaragua’s 1979 Sandinista Revolution and the ensuing U.S.-backed Contra War. Today, as the current Sandinista government is erasing these women's stories of heroism, social reform, and military accomplishments from history books, these same women are fighting to...   More >

(Image from ¡Las Sandinistas!)

Journeys Beyond the Cosmodrome

Film - Documentary | October 9 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This haunting, poetic film calls forth the dreams of nine sixteen-year-old orphans in Kazakhstan. With the aid of filmmakers Jeanne C. Finley and Lyazzat Khanim, the teens present vividly imagined visions of their future lives. Their current reality is quickly changing as they prepare to move away from the only place they’ve known as home and the only family they’ve ever had. The fact that these...   More >

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Film Screening - The Long Shadow

Film - Documentary | October 10 | 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 john powell, Haas 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 Spring River Flows East: (Yijiang chunshui xiang dong liu)

Film - Feature | October 10 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Part I: Wartime Separation (Ba nian li luan); Part II: Darkness and Dawn (Tianliang qian-hou). Included on the Hong Kong Film Awards list of the greatest Chinese-language films of all time, The Spring River Flows East has been termed China’s Gone with the Wind, a sweeping decades-spanning epic that sums up an entire nation’s history and identity. A married couple in Shanghai are separated during...   More >

Free Outdoor Screening: Inequality for All

Film - Feature | October 10 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In this still timely and entertaining documentary, noted economic policy expert and UC Berkeley professor Robert Reich takes on the enormous question of what has been happening to the American economy. He distills the story through the lens of widening income inequality—currently at historic highs—and explores what effects this increasing gap has not only on the economy but on our democracy...   More >

Friday, October 11, 2019

The Cave

Film - Feature | October 11 | 3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Amani, Salim, and Samaher work in an underground hospital called “The Cave” in besieged Al Ghouta, Syria. In this haunting film from the Oscar-nominated team behind Last Men in Aleppo, the camera is a mute witness to their daily work treating victims of Syria’s civil war. Through the lens of director Feras Fayyad, the smoke-filled city suggests dystopian sci-fi, its inhabitants living in...   More >

Homework: (Mashq-e shab)

Film - Feature | October 11 | 8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Only Kiarostami could turn a documentary about homework into a delightful, absorbing, and stirring portrait of the “human condition.” The style is simplicity itself: the film consists of a series of interviews with several little boys (and, occasionally, with their parents) about the Iranian school system and its methods of assigning homework. Beleaguered by their rigorous workload, the boys...   More >

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Coup 53

Film - Documentary | October 12 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Nine years in the making, Iranian director Taghi Amirani’s feature film debut is a fascinating investigation into the 1953 Anglo-American coup d’état in Iran that displaced democratically elected prime minister Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed Mohammad Reza Pahlavi as shah, turning Iran into a despotic monarchy. Tracing the coup from the events leading up to it through its aftermath, Amirani and...   More >

Varda by Agnès

Film - Feature | October 12 | 3:15 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 >

Nie Er

Film - Feature | October 12 | 5:45 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The second of two films Zheng made to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic, this biopic celebrates the life of Nie Er, the young composer of the PRC’s national anthem, March of the Volunteers, who died at the age of twenty-three. Whereas Zheng’s first anniversary-related film, Lin Zexu, was a lavish, adventure-filled Opium War–set costumer filled with...   More >

Paranoid Park

Film - Feature | October 12 | 8:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Gus Van Sant returned to his roots as the foremost chronicler of Pacific Northwest teen alienation with this dreamy examination of bodies in motion and lives in stasis, which follows a young skateboarder in over his head after a trip to an edgy Portland skate park. Combining the youth culture fascination of Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho with the experimental bent of his Elephant and Last Days,...   More >