<< Week of December 16 >>

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Face to Face

Film - Feature | December 16 | 2-4:45 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Liv Ullmann gives a devastating performance in Bergman’s wrenching portrait of a woman on the brink of collapse. A successful psychiatrist, Ullmann’s character seems to have it all: a rewarding career, a (vaguely) loving husband, and even a (somewhat tepid) lover on the side, but nightmares are beginning to seep into her sleep and soon come to dominate her entire life. About this moving study of...   More >

Science Film Festival: Robot and Frank

Film - Series | December 16 | 5:30 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Dr. Ken Goldberg

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

During its 50th anniversary year, the Lawrence Hall of Science is presenting a series of inspiring science films, introduced by scientists from UC Berkeley and beyond.

In Robot & Frank, cantankerous retired cat burglar Frank is given a robot caretaker from his son.

This film will be introduced by Dr. Ken Goldberg, Professor & Department Chair of Industrial Engineering & Operations Research.

$12

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-5132

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Sanshiro Sugata

Film - Feature | December 18 | 6:30-7:50 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Akira Kurosawa made his directorial debut in 1943, during the height of World War II and at a time when “you weren’t allowed to say anything worth saying,” as he recalled. “Back then everyone was saying that the Japanese-style film should be as simple as possible; I disagreed and decided that, since I couldn’t say anything because of the censors, I would make a really movie-like movie.”...   More >

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

A Survey of Trnka’s Techniques

Film - Short | December 19 | 7-8:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 https://bampfa.org/event/survey-trnkas-techniques

 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. Drawing on ancient fables (Grandpa Planted a Beet; The Animals and the Brigands), a Chekhov story (Romance with Double Bass), and even a World War II–era, anti-Nazi urban legend (Springman and the SS), these...   More >

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The Tree of Wooden Clogs

Film - Feature | December 20 | 7-10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, The Tree of Wooden Clogs is the epic made personal, a cinema of majesty constructed from minutiae. 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. Sprawling, politicized peasant epics (Bertolucci’s 1900, the Tavianis’ Padre, Padrone)...   More >

Friday, December 21, 2018

The Price of Everything

Film - Feature | December 21 | 4-5:40 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Featuring an impressive cast of art world characters, including artists Jeff Koons, Larry Poons, Gerhard Richter, and Njideka Akunyili Crosby as well as curators, critics, collectors, and dealers, The Price of Everything is a lively exploration of the uneasy but inextricable relationship between art and money. While the history of collecting art is not new, auctioning work by living artists has...   More >

Fanny and Alexander

Film - Feature | December 21 | 7-10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 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. Bergman has the grace in this most graceful film not to view their histrionics and eccentricities as neuroses. One tumultuous year in the life of the Ekdahl family is viewed through...   More >

Saturday, December 22, 2018

The Firemen’s Ball

Film - Feature | December 22 | 6-7:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 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. Raymond Durgnat writes, “Before Milos Forman turned his beady, quizzical eye on the follies and frailties of the American scene, he had trained it on...   More >

The Apartment

Film - Feature | December 22 | 8-10:05 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

After the December 8 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).

“One thing I dislike more than being taken too lightly is being taken too seriously,”...   More >