<< Week of December 07 >>

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 >