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Film: A Survey of Trnka’s Techniques

Wednesday, December 19 | 7-8:10 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Trnka’s earliest works already demonstrate his craftsmanship and artistry, moving from hand-drawn cartoons to surrealist interventions to the expressive beauty of his stop-motion beginnings. MORE about <em>A Survey of Trnka’s Techniques</em>

Film: The Tree of Wooden Clogs

Thursday, December 20 | 7-10 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Set in northern Italy in the early 1900s, the film follows three families of farmers and their interactions with their community, their wealthy landlord, and the land itself. MORE about <em>The Tree of Wooden Clogs</em>

Special Event: Winter Solstice Sound Bath

Friday, December 21 | 12-1 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
With the return of the sun comes a promise from nature of renewal and growth. Attune with the natural slow, calm, inward energy of the Winter Solstice during this unique concert with live meditative sounds of quartz crystal singing bowls and finely tuned gongs within a grove of redwoods.MORE about Winter Solstice Sound Bath

Film: Fanny and Alexander

Friday, December 21 | 7-10 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
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. MORE about <em>Fanny and Alexander</em>

Film: The Price of Everything

Friday, December 21 | 4-5:40 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The Price of Everything is a lively exploration of the uneasy but inextricable relationship between art and money. Raising more questions than it answers, this documentary ponders how monetary value affects artists, galleries, museums, and collectors and what is lost when speculation outpaces the possibility for contemplation.MORE about <em>The Price of Everything</em>

Performance: Home Again—Tapestry Reimagined

Friday, December 21 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Acclaimed San Francisco recording artist and producer PC Muñoz leads an all-star ensemble through a lovingly crafted reimagination of Carole King’s blockbuster 1971 album Tapestry.MORE about Home Again—Tapestry Reimagined

Film: The Firemen’s Ball

Saturday, December 22 | 6-7:15 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
It’s winter in a small mountain town in Czechoslovakia, and time for the Firemen’s Ball, an annual comedy of errors to which the firemen, mostly elderly, look forward with delight, especially at the prospect of the inevitable beauty-queen contest. MORE about <em>The Firemen’s Ball</em>

Film: Boom for Real — The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Sunday, December 23 | 2-3:20 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
On the brink of bankruptcy in the 1970s, New York City’s expansive urban blight proved to be the perfect petri dish for a thriving downtown art scene. Not yet twenty, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a ubiquitous and inspiring presence in a community that included Jim Jarmusch and this film’s director, Sara Driver.MORE about <em>Boom for Real — The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat</em>

Film: Grand Hotel

Wednesday, December 26 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
In a masterpiece of set design and art decoration, director Edmund Goulding creates an atmosphere at once intensely realistic and allegorical. MORE about <em>Grand Hotel</em>

Film: Faust

Friday, December 28 | 7-8:40 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Black-and-white cinematography was redefined in Murnau’s Faust: this is a film shot in darkness and light. MORE about <em>Faust</em>

Film: Spirited Away

Saturday, December 29 | 3-5:05 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Ever the nostalgic fabulist, Hayao Miyazaki builds a passage between modern, everyday Japanese life and the half-remembered realms of spirits and folklore in this compelling adventure, winner of numerous international prizes including the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.MORE about <em>Spirited Away</em>

Film: The Spiders, Part 1 — The Golden Lake

Sunday, December 30 | 3-4:15 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The story begins in a high-society club in San Francisco where Kay Hoog, an American sportsman, tells of a message he found in a barnacle-encrusted bottle. In short order, Lang’s artful montage sequences lead us through Hoog’s globetrotting encounters with femme fatale Lio Shia, leader of the worldwide criminal organization called The Spiders.MORE about <em>The Spiders, Part 1 — The Golden Lake</em>

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