<< March 2019 >>

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 >

Sunday, March 3, 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 >

Van Gogh

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Maurice Pialat looks at Van Gogh without pity, as an artist who owns his character; who is part of and apart from a true and bustling world, recreated by Pialat with casual exactness that tips the brush to Renoir (père and fils); and who is daily involved and occasionally buoyed by people drawn to him in affection and exasperation (a marvelous ensemble cast). In the last two months of his life...   More >

Ouaga Girls

Film - Documentary | March 3 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Center for African Studies

This cinema verité documentary follows a small group of young women who are studying to become auto mechanics at the Women’s Center of Initiation and Apprenticeship to Trades in Ouagadougou. With unemployment among young people exceeding 50 percent, these classmates are eager to challenge society’s expectations and demonstrate that women can do any job, including this traditionally male one....   More >

Monday, March 4, 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 >

Tuesday, March 5, 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 >

Wednesday, March 6, 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 >

Film Screening: Raising of America, Episode Two: "Once Upon a Time" When Childcare for All Wasn't Just a Fairytale

Film - Documentary | March 6 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Lea Austin, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment

 Center of Excellence in MCAH

How might American life be different today if all of the nation’s children had access to high-quality early care and education for the past four decades? In 1971, we came achingly close to winning childcare for all. What will it take to enact effective child and family policies today? Join us in viewing Episode Two from the Raising of America documentary series followed by a small group discussion

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The Tiniest Place

Film - Documentary | March 6 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

To walk into the jungle-shrouded village of Cinquera, El Salvador, is to enter a world where ghosts walk, passing back and forth between the past and present. Here, decades after a brutal civil war annihilated the village, survivors return to bury their dead and rebuild the community from the ashes. During the civil war of 1980 to 1992, the village was invaded by the National Guard, which...   More >

Lorraine Hansberry - sighed eyes, feeling heart: March Movie@Moffitt

Film - Documentary | March 6 | 7-9 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Library

Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart is the first-ever feature documentary about Lorraine Hansberry, the visionary playwright who authored the groundbreaking A Raisin in the Sun. An overnight sensation, the play transformed the American theater and has long been considered a classic, yet the remarkable story of the playwright faded from view. With this documentary, filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain resurrects...   More >

 Must have a UCB student ID for entrance.

March Movie at Moffitt

Cine Latino: Museo

Film - Feature | March 6 | 7 p.m. | 159 Mulford Hall

 Center for Latin American Studies

Well into their 30s, Juan Nuñez (Gael García Bernal) and Benjamín Wilson (Leonardo Ortizgris) still can’t seem to finish veterinary school or leave their parents’ homes. On a fateful Christmas Eve, however, they decide it’s finally time to distinguish themselves by executing the most infamous cultural artifacts heist in all of Mexican history.

Gael García Bernal in "Museo."

Thursday, March 7, 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 >

Ticket of No Return

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Ottinger describes this melodrama as a portrait of “two unusual but also highly dissimilar women: one, rather Barefoot Contessa in style; the other, more Nights of Cabiria.” Both women are drinking themselves to death, one by conscious choice, the other unconsciously. Throughout the film, which is divided into stations in what amounts to a drinker’s sightseeing tour of Berlin’s underside, the two...   More >

Friday, March 8, 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 >

Prater

Film - Documentary | March 8 | 3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Filmed on location at the Prater, the famous Viennese amusement park, Ottinger’s award-winning documentary draws a parallel between the illusionary business of carnival freak shows and the bygone era of a cinema of attractions. Ottinger’s beguiling images and sound design capture the visceral and haunting qualities of this historic fairground. Archival film and photos combine with a soundscape...   More >

The Image of Dorian Gray in the Yellow Press

Film - Feature | March 8 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Dr. Mabuse (Delphine Seyrig), the president of a multinational press conglomerate, has an unscrupulous plan for the company’s business expansion: to create and control a human being. “Dorian Gray: young, wealthy, handsome. We shall construct him, corrupt him, and destroy him.” Roswitha Mueller wrote, “Ottinger’s ironic references to the world of [Fritz Lang’s] Dr. Mabuse align past with modern...   More >

Saturday, March 9, 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 Mystery of Picasso

Film - Documentary | March 9 | 5:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

After the March 9 screening, enjoy a Film to Table dinner at Babette, the cafe at BAMPFA. Join an intimate group of fellow filmgoers for a four-course, prix-fixe meal in a convivial, dinner-party atmosphere. Purchase dinner tickets in advance at babettecafe.com (film tickets must be purchased separately).

In a style devised for this film about his artist pal, Clouzot sets up a camera behind a...   More >

Last Year at Marienbad

Film - Feature | March 9 | 7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“Once again I walk, once again, along these corridors, across these salons, these galleries, in this edifice from another century, this huge, luxurious, baroque hotel . . .” The incantatory voice-over narration could be the voice of Sacha Vierny’s camera as it travels through time, past the statues and statuesque beings-in-time—the characters—in this masterpiece of mise-en-scène. Some critics...   More >

Sunday, March 10, 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 >

Exile Shanghai

Film - Documentary | March 10 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Fascinating and rich with wry humor, Exile Shanghai is an extraordinary cultural odyssey that affectionately conjures up the lost Jewish world of Shanghai. In the dark days of the 1930s, the Chinese metropolis was the last refuge for Europe’s persecuted Jews—a place that did not demand a visa. Those who managed to find refuge there brought with them the social and gastronomic delights of Vienna...   More >

Ganja and Hess

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

 Center for African Studies

Though it was suppressed by the commercial system, this key film by Bill Gunn became an underground classic. Ishmael Reed called it “one of the most beautiful and unusual films ever produced in the United States.” Filmed on location in Gunn’s beloved Hudson River Valley, it is a vampire tale that seems at once ancient and modern—a clash of African mythology, Western art, and fundamentalist...   More >

Monday, March 11, 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 >

Redemption Blues: Film Screening and Director Q&A

Film - Documentary | March 11 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. |  Fromm Institute Auditorium - University of San Francisco

 660 Parker Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

 Peter Stastny

 Institute of European Studies, Austrian Studies Program, Fromm Institute - University of San Francisco

"Redemption Blues" is a documentary about the legacy of the Holocaust and the insights of some of its last survivors. The film begins where conventional Shoah narratives leave off and traces a path forward, through personal and emotional engagement towards hope. The film will be introduced by filmmaker Peter Stastny, who will participate in a discussion and Q&A following the screening.

Tuesday, March 12, 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 >

Wednesday, March 13, 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 >

After Life

Film - Feature | March 13 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

An original, humorous, and inspired meditation on life, memory, and happiness. Here, passage into the afterlife begins at a combination guidance school and movie set. As soon as a new group arrives, they are assigned counselors who help them choose one special memory to cherish for eternity. The memory, once picked, will be re-created by the staff, then captured on film for the dead to take into...   More >

Yours in Sisterhood

Film - Documentary | March 13 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The women wrote their letters to Ms. magazine and signed them, as good feminists did, “In sisterhood.” Most were never published. Forty years later, award-winning filmmaker and media archeologist Irene Lusztig traveled around the United States, to the towns where the letters had been written, and asked local women to re-embody the letter-writers’ voices and read aloud these deepest secrets,...   More >

Cine Latino: Birds of Passage

Film - Feature | March 13 | 7 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Center for Latin American Studies

A sprawling epic about the erosion of tradition in pursuit of material wealth, Birds of Passage is a visually striking exploration of loyalty, greed, and the voracious nature of change. 125 minutes. In Wayúu and Spanish with English subtitles.

Thursday, March 14, 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 >

Michael Maurice O’Shaughnessy (1864-1934): Engineering the Promised Land

Film - Documentary | March 14 | 4-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Bancroft Library

Join us in the Morrison Library for a screening of a mini-documentary on San Francisco City Engineer Michael Maurice O'Shaughnessy, with introductions from Dr. Gray Brechin, historical geographer and visiting scholar in UC Berkeley’s Department of Geography and author of Imperial San Francisco; Dr. Jamie Goggins, Chartered Engineer and senior lecturer in the School of Engineering at...   More >

Black Interiors: Intimacy

Film - Feature | March 14 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Intimacy is a tight and imperfect space, full of possibility. For the black girls on an LA playground in Pizza Pizza Daddy-O, intimacy announces itself as a shifting formation of hand games and personalities. In Julie Dash’s Relatives, a son dances through family history with his mother close by. This Is the Home of Mrs. Levant Graham invites us into a loving and abundant encounter with the black...   More >

Friday, March 15, 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 >

Painters Painting

Film - Documentary | March 15 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Eminent documentarian Emile de Antonio got his start in movies distributing the 1959 Beat classic Pull My Daisy (screening along with Delphine Seyrig's Be Pretty and Shut Up as part of our Seyrig series) and the painters and poets who appear in that film were participants in a burgeoning creative milieu in which de Antonio also played an important part. Some ten years later de Antonio filmed...   More >

Chamisso’s Shadow: A Journey to the Bering Sea in Three Chapters. Chapter 1: Alaska and the Aleutian Islands

Film - Documentary | March 15 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In 2014, Ottinger journeyed to the distant regions of the Bering Sea—to Alaska, then Chukotka, and on to Kamchatka—following along the paths of historic expeditions and explorers, such as the naturalist Georg Willem Steller and Vitus Bering; later, Captain James Cook; and, still later, the poet and botanist Adelbert von Chamisso, who traveled with Otto von Kotzebue. Over a three-month period,...   More >

Barren Lives

Film - Feature | March 15 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Often hailed as the first masterpiece of Brazil’s Cinema Novo movement, Barren Lives chronicles the hardscrabble day-to-day existence of a family of migrants in the country’s unforgivingly bleak northeastern sertão. Barren and dusty, the land gives them nothing but despair; the landowners who rule them provide only the whip. Taking the aesthetics of Italian neorealism and pointedly baking them in...   More >

Saturday, March 16, 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 >

Work and Play: Three Charlie Chaplin Shorts

Film - Series | March 16 | 3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

These three shorts find Charlie Chaplin’s character at work and at play, often exasperated and hardly innocent. In Sunnyside, Charlie the handyman greets a Sunday morning in the eponymous village with little enthusiasm, and who can blame him? This is the kind of place where the hotel floor needs mowing and there are cows in church and goats in the piano. Chaplin mocks both rural life and the...   More >

Downtown 81

Film - Feature | March 16 | 5:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Jean-Michel Basquiat is, like Van Gogh, one of cinema’s favorite artists. He plays a fictionalized version of himself in Downtown 81, a gritty urban fairy tale written and produced by music critic Glenn O’Brien. It depicts the charismatic Basquiat wandering through a blighted early-eighties Lower East Side, tagging, trying to sell a painting, looking for a place to sleep, and dropping in on...   More >

Freak Orlando

Film - Feature | March 16 | 5:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A cross-breeding, time-skipping fantasy with outrageous masquerade, Ottinger’s five garishly costumed tales recount a history of the world involving the Spanish Inquisition, traveling entertainers, Greek mythology, assorted bodily oddities, and general carnivalesque intrigue. The formidable Magdalena Montezuma stars as the intrepid traveler in all the shapeshifting and gender-bending tales....   More >

Sunday, March 17, 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 >

Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

Film - Feature | March 17 | 2 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Growing up, Chantal Akerman became aware that for women of her mother’s generation the unending repetition of domestic duties became a proxy for emotion and self-expression. For Jeanne Dielman, Akerman chose Delphine Seyrig as the only actor who could make visible domestic tasks that normally go unnoticed. Watching Jeanne cook, mend, wash dishes, shine shoes, have sex for cash, bathe, and set the...   More >

Rio, 100 Degrees

Film - Feature | March 17 | 3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Five young peanut vendors head from the favelas to the tourist zones in search of easy money in dos Santos’s first film, which was filmed in globally recognizable spots such as Copacabana Beach and Sugar Loaf but which revealed an entirely new side of Rio. Inspired by Italian neorealism but pulsing with a very Brazilian urban beat and attitude, Rio offers both tribute to and critique of its...   More >

Chamisso’s Shadow: A Journey to the Bering Sea in Three Chapters. Chapter 1: Alaska and the Aleutian Islands

Film - Documentary | March 17 | 3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In 2014, Ottinger journeyed to the distant regions of the Bering Sea—to Alaska, then Chukotka, and on to Kamchatka—following along the paths of historic expeditions and explorers, such as the naturalist Georg Willem Steller and Vitus Bering; later, Captain James Cook; and, still later, the poet and botanist Adelbert von Chamisso, who traveled with Otto von Kotzebue. Over a three-month period,...   More >

Monday, March 18, 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 >

Tuesday, March 19, 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 >

Free Member Screening: The Valiant Ones

Film - Feature | March 19 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This event is part of March Member Appreciation Month, our month-long celebration of you—our extended BAMPFA family.

A righteous husband-and-wife swordfighting duo are called to protect China from the machinations of Japanese pirates and corrupt officials in King Hu’s masterly work, noted for its forest fight scene set to the moves of a Go match. “A muscleman is not enough; we need a schemer,”...   More >

Wednesday, March 20, 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 >

Still Walking

Film - Feature | March 20 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A family reunites for the anniversary of a son’s tragic death in Kore-eda’s deceptively unadorned examination of grown children and growing-older parents, redolent of the pace and themes of Yasujiro Ozu yet entirely Kore-eda’s own in its approach to the attachments and periodic resentments that mark private lives. Brought together for a day of grief, three generations remain emotionally apart,...   More >

El Mar La Mar

Film - Documentary | March 20 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A timely and altogether mesmerizing portrait of place filmed in 16mm, Joshua Bonnetta and J. P. Sniadecki’s lyrical documentary is best described as being from, rather than about, the Sonoran desert. The US–Mexico border looms as an unspoken presence, the better to train our attention on the landscape’s primordial drama: hillsides burning through the night, bats flooding a cave, and a borderless...   More >

Cine Latino: The Heiresses

Film - Feature | March 20 | 7 p.m. | 160 Kroeber Hall

 Center for Latin American Studies

Chela and Chiquita both descended from wealthy families in Asunción, Paraguay, and have been together for over 30 years. But recently their financial situation has worsened and they begin selling off their inherited possessions. When their debts lead to Chiquita being imprisoned on fraud charges, Chela is forced to face a new reality.

Image from "The Heiresses."

Thursday, March 21, 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 >

Documentary Screening: 7 Doors

Film - Documentary | March 21 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Mehmet Mim Kurt

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The Seven Doors

In the political context of Turkey, the education system has deteriorated by the year, morphed into the object of vain experiments to the detriment of the youth. The Seven Doors documents seven students, who alongside their teacher, attempt to develop an alternative education model where reading, thinking, discussion and attempts of understanding are upheld in place of...   More >

Personal Problems

Film - Feature | March 21 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Center for African Studies

Personal Problems, conceived by Oakland-based writer Ishmael Reed, is a black soap opera unfolding in the melancholy of the blues. Enlisting legendary Bill Gunn as director, Reed and producer Walter Cotton sketched out an improvisatory scenario exploring the moody tribulations of a group of Harlem residents. Johnnie (Vertamae Grosvenor), a nurse, is the heart and hearth of the affair. Around her...   More >

Friday, March 22, 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 >

Music According to Tom Jobim

Film - Documentary | March 22 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

One of Brazil’s most popular and respected musicians and composers, Antonio Carlos “Tom” Jobim found himself the face (or at least the sound) of a new Brazil when his songs such as “The Girl from Ipanema” and “Desafinado” seduced the world with their clear, cool, sensual style. (“I haven’t sung this quietly since I had laryngitis,” quipped Frank Sinatra after trying out the songbook.) Dos Santos...   More >

Chamisso’s Shadow: A Journey to the Bering Sea in Three Chapters. Chapter 2, Part 1: Chukotka

Film - Documentary | March 22 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In 2014, Ottinger journeyed to the distant regions of the Bering Sea—to Alaska, then Chukotka, and on to Kamchatka—following along the paths of historic expeditions and explorers, such as the naturalist Georg Willem Steller and Vitus Bering; later, Captain James Cook; and, still later, the poet and botanist Adelbert von Chamisso, who traveled with Otto von Kotzebue. Over a three-month period,...   More >

Edvard Munch

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“Peter Watkins’s Edvard Munch is the standard by which all subsequent films of artists’ lives will be measured. Rather than reducing its subject, Watkins’s film is the first to suggest the totality of factors producing an artist. Mixing fact and fiction, narration and ‘interviews’ [with figures in Munch's life and paintings] . . . Watkins fashions a gigantic collage of Munch and his time. Edvard...   More >

Saturday, March 23, 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 >

Short Animation by Dennis Tupicoff

Film - Series | March 23 | 3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Dennis Tupicoff is one of the most accomplished Australian independent animators working today. His unique style of hand-drawn animation mixed with live-action elements creates a feeling of grace in tackling such subjects as humanity and mortality. While he is known mostly for his works in animated documentary, Tupicoff also creates dramas, comedies, documentary hybrids, and film essays;...   More >

The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice

Film - Feature | March 23 | 5:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“I wanted to show something about a man from the viewpoint of a woman,” Yasujiro Ozu said of this film, which is a subtle portrait of an unhappy middle-class marriage told through a series of revealing domestic details. The husband is a placid, country-born businessman who marries a woman from a wealthier background. His very stolidity drives his wife to boredom and contempt; she wants to avoid...   More >

Muriel

Film - Feature | March 23 | 8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Muriel is a bold and beautiful film. Resnais takes a very ordinary incident and out of the trivia of everyday anxieties creates a mosaic of memory and conscience, or what Susan Sontag called “an examination of the form of emotion.” Hélène (Delphine Seyrig) sells antique furniture out of her Boulogne apartment, where she lives hermetically surrounded by her memories and those of her stepson...   More >

Sunday, March 24, 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 Mystery of Picasso

Film - Documentary | March 24 | 2 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 >

Chamisso’s Shadow: A Journey to the Bering Sea in Three Chapters. Chapter 2, Part 1: Chukotka

Film - Documentary | March 24 | 3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In 2014, Ottinger journeyed to the distant regions of the Bering Sea—to Alaska, then Chukotka, and on to Kamchatka—following along the paths of historic expeditions and explorers, such as the naturalist Georg Willem Steller and Vitus Bering; later, Captain James Cook; and, still later, the poet and botanist Adelbert von Chamisso, who traveled with Otto von Kotzebue. Over a three-month period,...   More >

Short Animation by Jim Trainor

Film - Animated | March 24 | 5 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Jim Trainor makes deceptively simple films that inhabit the heads of creatures and characters as they go about their lives, uncovering basic truths that carry profound spiritual depth. Animated with thick, direct lines on unregistered paper, Trainor’s films are both historical and imaginative, artifacts of a completely original mythology. His narratives are reflections of the harmony of the...   More >

Monday, March 25, 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 >

Tuesday, March 26, 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 >

Wednesday, March 27, 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 >

Like Father, Like Son

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

One of Kore-eda’s greatest abilities is using the simplest of narratives to conjure up the most complex and sublime of human emotions, and this tale hinging on a classic babies-switched-at-birth plot serves as a particularly moving example. A hospital mix-up years ago has left two sons to be raised in opposite homes; on one side is the orderly, almost antiseptic space of an affluent architect and...   More >

Artist’s Talk: Carlos Amorales and Apsara DiQuinzio in Conversation

Film - Feature | March 27 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Carlos Amorales talks about his new Art Wall with Apsara DiQuinzio, BAMPFA curator of modern and contemporary art and Phyllis Wattis MATRIX Curator. Focusing on Amorales’s work and techniques, including his use of stencils and pattern, their conversation will also touch on the history of Mexican muralism, contemporary graffiti, and the importance of political demonstrations in both Berkeley and...   More >

Rio, Zona Norte

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Race, class, and samba collide in dos Santos’s powerful radicalization of Brazil’s widespread chanchada musical genre. The charismatic actor/singer Grande Otelo (himself a popular cabaret icon and performer) stars as a working-class composer trying to succeed in the samba business, with his talents constantly ignored or exploited by those richer and more connected than he. Dirtying up the...   More >

Thursday, March 28, 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 Flavor of Green Tea over Rice

Film - Feature | March 28 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“I wanted to show something about a man from the viewpoint of a woman,” Yasujiro Ozu said of this film, which is a subtle portrait of an unhappy middle-class marriage told through a series of revealing domestic details. The husband is a placid, country-born businessman who marries a woman from a wealthier background. His very stolidity drives his wife to boredom and contempt; she wants to avoid...   More >

Friday, March 29, 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 >

Chamisso’s Shadow: A Journey to the Bering Sea in Three Chapters. Chapter 2, Part 2: Chukotka and Wrangel Island

Film - Documentary | March 29 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In 2014, Ottinger journeyed to the distant regions of the Bering Sea—to Alaska, then Chukotka, and on to Kamchatka—following along the paths of historic expeditions and explorers, such as the naturalist Georg Willem Steller and Vitus Bering; later, Captain James Cook; and, still later, the poet and botanist Adelbert von Chamisso, who traveled with Otto von Kotzebue. Over a three-month period,...   More >

The Decameron

Film - Feature | March 29 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Pasolini selects eleven tales from Boccaccio’s classic one hundred, mostly those set in Naples, and loosely weaves them together using the thread of his own vision, cloaked in that of a character added to the story and played by Pasolini himself: the painter and Boccaccio contemporary Giotto. While the stories are good-naturedly sexual, in a particularly anticlerical kind of way, the film gains...   More >

Saturday, March 30, 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 Golden Eighties

Film - Feature | March 30 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Delphine Seyrig as Jeanne Schwartz is the soulful center of Chantal Akerman’s exuberant pop musical, set in the hyper-artificial confines of a subterranean shopping mall. Jeanne and her husband own the Elegance clothing store, where they work with their son; the local heartbreaker, he is gazed at by the girls who work at the beauty salon across the corridor, but only has eyes for Lili, their...   More >

Detour

Film - Feature | March 30 | 8:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“No matter what you do, no matter where you turn, fate sticks out its foot to trip you,” gripes Detour’s Al Roberts (Tom Neal), a master of deadpan anxiety who, it must be said, does his part to invite that intrusive boot at every turn. Nothing tempts fate like the guilt of an innocent man. Has anyone in films since Peter Lorre had worse luck, or worse judgment? But that’s the fun of Detour, a...   More >

Sunday, March 31, 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 >

Chamisso’s Shadow: A Journey to the Bering Sea in Three Chapters. Chapter 2, Part 2: Chukotka and Wrangel Island

Film - Documentary | March 31 | 3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In 2014, Ottinger journeyed to the distant regions of the Bering Sea—to Alaska, then Chukotka, and on to Kamchatka—following along the paths of historic expeditions and explorers, such as the naturalist Georg Willem Steller and Vitus Bering; later, Captain James Cook; and, still later, the poet and botanist Adelbert von Chamisso, who traveled with Otto von Kotzebue. Over a three-month period,...   More >

Donkey Skin

Film - Feature | March 31 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This charming adaptation of a fairy tale by Charles Perrault has been called Jacques Demy’s “grand synthesis of Cocteau and Minnelli,” graced with wondrous costumes and vivid colors, ingenious trick effects and a stellar cast. The tale involves a beautiful princess (Catherine Deneuve) whose father, the Blue King (Jean Marais), desires to marry her in order to fulfill a deathbed promise to his...   More >

Hunger for Love: Have You Ever Sunbathed Completely Nude?

Film - Feature | March 31 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

An extended research tour of US university film programs introduced dos Santos to the American avant-garde filmmakers, among them Jonas Mekas and Stan Brakhage, who would directly inspire his formally radical adaptation of an allegorical short story about adultery and colonialism by Guilherme de Figueiredo. Filmed in both Manhattan and Brazil and set against the background of the Vietnam War and...   More >