<< Week of March 12 >>

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Death of Empedocles, or When the Green of the Earth Will Glisten for You Anew: (Der Tod des Empedokles; oder: wenn dann der Erde Grün von neuem euch erglänzt)| Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet | France, West Germany, | 1986

Film - Feature | March 12 | 2 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Straub-Huillet staged their adaptation of German lyric poet Hölderlin’s drama along the mountainside of Sicily’s Mt. Etna, a spectacular natural backdrop as fascinating (and as foregrounded) as the text itself.

Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission

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Les dames du Bois de Boulogne (The Ladies of the Bois de Boulogne) | Robert Bresson | France, 1945

Film - Feature | March 12 | 5 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

FEATURING
Maria Casarès, Elena Labourdette, Lucienne Bogaert, Paul Bernard,

Bresson’s most accessible work (on the surface) updates an episode in an eighteenth-century novel by Diderot to a contemporary Paris setting. It is in contemporizing the story, and in Jean Cocteau’s dialogue, that Bresson takes his first steps in the abstraction necessary to create a drama of love’s triumph. What some...   More >

Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission

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Towards Tenderness (Vers la tendresse) | Alice Diop | France, 2015

Film - Feature | March 12 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Alice Diop’s featurette charts the ragged terrain of masculinity as it follows a band of young men pacing through a modern city, acting how society and their friends expect “men” to act. Their interior monologues, however, reveal other desires. For the director, “We do not listen enough to men on this subject.”

Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission

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African Film Festival 2017: Towards Tenderness

Film - Series | March 12 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

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

Alice Diop, France, 2015
Alice Diop’s intimate featurette portrays the inner thoughts and public territory of young men in a Paris suburb. With shorts The Return (Yohann Kouam), Reluctantly Queer (Akosua Adoma Owusu), and The Sense of Touch (Jean-Charles Mbotti Malolo).

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Spring Art and Film Series: Wedding Doll

Film - Feature | March 14 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Warren Room

 Nitzan Gilady, Filmmaker

 Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

In Nitzan Gilady's award-winning debut film, Hagit, a young woman with mild mental deficiency, works in a toilet-paper factory. She lives with her mother Sarah, a divorcee who gave up her life for her daughter. Hagit strives for independence and Sarah is torn between her desire to protect her, and her own will to live. When a relationship develops between her and the son of the factory owner,...   More >

Marian Diamond Day

Film - Documentary | March 14 | 7-9 p.m. |  OLD CITY HALL

 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. WAY, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

In conjunction with the PBS broadcast of MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE BRAIN; THE LIFE AND SCIENCE OF DR. MARIAN DIAMOND, the City of Berkeley is honoring Marian with:

Marian Diamond Day proclaimed in Berkeley on March 14, 2017 7pm OLD CITY HALL AT 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. WAY

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Short Film Screening of Elk River: Followed by Q&A with featured ecologist and producer

Film - Documentary | March 15 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 112 Hilgard Hall

 Arthur Middleton, Assistant Professor, ESPM

 Graduate Assembly

A Society for Conservation Society, Berkeley Chapter event.

Mouchette | Robert Bresson | France, 1967

Film - Feature | March 15 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

With a lecture from Jeffrey Skoller

FEATURING
Nadine Nortier, Jean-Claude Guilbert, Marie Cardinal, Paul Hébert,


Mouchette is a visual study of a state of mind. Based on a book by Georges Bernanos (author also of The Diary of a Country Priest), it has affinities with Balthazar in its depiction of the limits of quiet suffering and humiliation a living being can endure.

Special Admission Applies: General admission: $13.50 | BAMPFA members: $9.50 | UC Berkeley students: $7.50 | 65+, disabled persons, UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, and 18 & under: $10.50

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Rudzienko | Sharon Lockhart | United States, 2016

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sharon Lockhart will be joining us in person.

Presented in collaboration with KADIST

Rudzienko, a town outside Warsaw, Poland, is home to the Youth Center for Socio-Therapy. Lockhart befriended a number of young women living in the group home, and together, over two summers, they collaborated on this film.

Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Manchurian Sleepwalkers

Film - Documentary | March 16 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Thomas Lahusen, Documentarian and Distinguished Professor of History, University of Toronto

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

Harbin, Manchuria, was a temporary, provisional home for several hundreds of thousands of émigrés, who came to live there from Russia, Japan, and many other countries, as colonizers, military personnel, adventurers, or refugees, during the first half of the twentieth century. They were forced to leave after 1945. Many years later, the memory of their previous home has become an obsession for...   More >

Houses Without Doors: Contemporary Syrian Documentaries

Film - Documentary | March 16 | 5:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Houses Without Doors (2016, Avo Kaprealian)

Contemporary Syrian Documentaries
curated by Nathalie Khankan (Near Eastern Studies)
in partnership with the Arab Film Festival

Part of "To Aleppo Gone:" Syrian Culture Today, series of programs exploring the arts in Syria.

Sharon Lockhart Selects: My Little Loves (Mes petites amoureuses) | Jean Eustache | France, 1975

Film - Series | March 16 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

With an introduction by Sharon Lockhart


FEATURING
Martin Loeb, Ingrid Caven, Jacqueline Dufranne, Maurice Pialat,

Eustache takes up the great European tradition of the coming-of-age film and quietly dismantles its emotional conventions. My Little Loves is autobiographical but impartial, empathetic but not sympathetic, sentimental only in the Flaubert sense of sentimental education. For...   More >

Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Sharon Lockhart Selects: Modern Life (La vie moderne) | Raymond Depardon | France, 2008

Film - Series | March 17 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

With an introduction by Sharon Lockhart

Photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon (Profiles Farmers: Daily Life) returns to the remote French countryside to talk with farmers, people of few words and a passion for the land. He travels down narrow rural roads to isolated farms—roads less and less traveled as the older generation die off and both young and old farmers sell their livestock,...   More >

Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission

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Double Tide | Sharon Lockhart | United States, 2009

Film - Series | March 17 | 8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

With an introduction by Sharon Lockhart.

A double tide refers to that rare occurrence when a low tide occurs twice within one span of daylight hours, at dawn and at dusk. Films depicting the act of labor are about as rare, outside of Sharon Lockhart’s oeuvre. Here, in two extended takes, she portrays a sole woman clam digger as she works in the mudflats on the coast of Maine. Lockhart’s roots...   More >

Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Great Transmission | Pema Gellek | US, Tibet, India, 2015

Film - Documentary | March 18 | 1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Screening weekly in Theater Two, this award-winning documentary is the story of one Tibetan refugee lama and his efforts to preserve the sacred texts of his tradition. Witnessing the disintegration of his heritage, Tarthang Tulku dedicated his life to restoring a text tradition that was nearly lost during the turbulence of the twentieth century. Working with a handful of volunteers, he would...   More >

Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian | $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons | $12 General admission

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African Film Festival 2017: Kirikou and the Wild Beasts

Film - Series | March 18 | 3:30-5 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Little Kirikou, the quick-thinking, two-foot-tall star of the acclaimed animated film Kirikou and the Sorceress, is back! No problem is too big for tiny Kirikou; whether overcoming a beast threatening his village’s crops or hitching a ride with a giraffe through a magical jungle, our pint-sized hero is always one step ahead of his constant nemesis, the sinister sorceress Karaba. Based on...   More >

A Man Escaped (Un condamné à mort s’est échappé) |Robert Bresson | France, 1956

Film - Feature | March 18 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

FEATURING
François Leterrier, Charles LeClainche, Maurice Beerblock,


A Man Escaped is pure film existentialism. From a newspaper account by a Resistance leader who escaped from a Nazi prison in Lyon just hours before he was to be executed, Bresson created a film in which the drama is all internal. Minimizing the drama of prison life, paradoxically he maximizes its intensity, concentrating...   More >

Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission

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Punishment Park | Peter Watkins | United States, 1971

Film - Feature | March 18 | 8:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

An evocative synthesis of Bertolt Brecht and cinema verité, Peter Watkins’s dystopic fiction depicts a United States where government authorities, citing the McCarran Act, detain political activists on the grounds that they “probably will engage in . . . acts of espionage or sabotage.”
- Kate MacKay

Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission

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