<< Week of November 26 >>

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Manufactured Landscapes

Film - Documentary | November 26 | 3-4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This quietly provocative consideration of the mechanized sublime follows photographer Edward Burtynsky as he travels through China and Bangladesh recording large-scale industrial incursions into the landscape. Peter Mettler served as cinematographer and creative collaborator.

The Seventh Seal

Film - Feature | November 26 | 5 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A medieval knight challenges Death to a game of chess in Ingmar Bergman’s iconic work of cinematic philosophy rendered in chiaroscuro. “A magically powerful film” (Pauline Kael).

Comrades: Almost a Love Story

Film - Feature | November 26 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Based on a song by legendary singer Teresa Teng, this romance about two mainland Chinese immigrants (Maggie Cheung and Leon Lai) in Hong Kong and then New York City won Best Picture, Director, and Actress at the Hong Kong Film Awards.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Center Stage

Film - Feature | November 30 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Maggie Cheung stars in Stanley Kwan’s modernist biopic on the life and tragic early death of Chinese film star Ruan Lingyu. “A masterpiece . . . the greatest Hong Kong film I've seen” (Jonathan Rosenbaum).

Friday, December 1, 2017

Solomon Northup’s Odyssey

Film - Feature | December 1 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Based on the 1853 memoir of a Northern black man kidnapped into slavery, Gordon Parks’s made-for-TV drama predates 12 Years a Slave by almost three decades. It has “a somber lyricism that’s hard to shake” (Bilge Ebiri).

Blow-Up

Film - Feature | December 1 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“Set in a vividly mod Swinging London, Antonioni’s first English-language film [is] a cryptic murder mystery . . . a landmark of the decade’s observational outrage and Pop disposability” (Time Out).

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Antonio Gaudí

Film - Documentary | December 2 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Hiroshi Teshigahara’s study of the visionary Catalan architect’s work, scored by the great Toru Takemitsu. “A masterpiece of visual poetry and aesthetic rumination” (Time Out New York).

Green Snake

Film - Feature | December 2 | 8:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Hong Kong action maestro Tsui Hark delivers a wildly over-the-top wuxia fantasy about two snake sisters (Maggie Cheung and Joey Wang) so fascinated (or disgusted) with mankind that they take human form.