<< Week of January 30 >>

Sunday, January 27, 2019

The Films of Frank Stauffacher

Film - Feature | January 27 | 2 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A commercial artist, Frank Stauffacher started the groundbreaking Art in Cinema series of experimental and independent film at the San Francisco Museum of Art (now SFMOMA) in 1946 to help foster a community of adventurous cinemagoers. The series also encouraged a number of local artists to begin making films, and by 1948, Stauffacher too had picked up a camera, first photographing two films for...   More >

Goodbye First Love

Film - Feature | January 27 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Subtle modulations of emotion and the search for meaning in the face of adversity, themes that recur throughout Hansen-Løve’s films, are particularly well expressed in her semiautobiographical masterpiece Goodbye First Love. The nuanced coming-of-age story focuses on a young woman, Camille (Lola Créton), and the effects of an enduring teenage love affair. Camille’s frustrated commitment to her...   More >

Double Suicide

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Masahiro Shinoda’s first film for Japan’s avant-garde Art Theatre Guild, Double Suicide strikingly reinterprets Monzaemon Chikamatsu’s famed 1720 bunraku puppet play involving the doomed love between a married paper-shop owner and a courtesan; here, it’s not just the play that is presented, but the entire presentation of the play. We begin with the kurogo (men dressed in black who traditionally...   More >

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Things to Come

Film - Feature | January 30 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A busy philosophy professor, Nathalie (impeccably embodied by Isabelle Huppert), moves purposefully between classes, lunches with her husband and grown children, meetings with her publisher, and the apartment of her ailing mother, expertly balancing her time. But a series of unexpected upsets forces her to rethink her relationships and herself. Nathalie’s unspoken grief, fear, and anger are...   More >

Film Screening and Director's Talk: Watergate: with Academy-Award winning director Charles Ferguson (U.S., 2018)

Film - Documentary | January 30 | 6 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Charles Ferguson; Harley Shaiken

 Center for Latin American Studies

Watergate tells the comprehensive story of the scandal, from the first troubling signs in Richard Nixon’s presidency to his resignation and beyond. Crucially, the film also situates Watergate in the context of all the issues it raised – many of which, of course, now resonate powerfully with current events.

After the screening, Academy Award-winning director Charles Ferguson will speak in...   More >

Watergate: Film Screening and Director's Talk

Film - Feature | January 30 | 6-9 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium

 Charles Ferguson; Maria Echaveste; Harley Shaiken

 Center for Latin American Studies

Watergate tells the comprehensive story of the scandal, from the first troubling signs in Richard Nixon’s presidency to his resignation and beyond. After the screening, Academy Award-winning director Charles Ferguson will speak in conversation with Harley Shaiken and Maria Echaveste.

(Image courtesy of Representational Pictures.)

Out on the Street

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

During an acting workshop, ten Egyptian workers distill their experiences of injustice and exploitation at the hands of bosses, police, and the court system into a series of vignettes. The resulting film integrates workshop exercises and reenactments, with the men shifting between roles and stories, and with various factory spaces marked out on the floor of the rooftop “studio.” The filmmakers...   More >

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Father of My Children

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Inspired by the life of the independent film producer Humbert Balsan, Father of My Children depicts a producer struggling to balance his unflagging dedication to independent cinema with the need for time with his beloved wife and daughters. The film, which won a special jury prize at Cannes, is a tribute to one man’s vocation and a bittersweet love letter to filmmaking itself. The chaos and...   More >

On Screen: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

Film - Documentary | January 31 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth revisits the history of the public housing complex of the same name in St. Louis, Missouri. Famous within architectural history as an iconic failure of modernist planning and cited as an example of the inefficacy of public assistance in political circles, the buildings were demolished in the 1970s. The film questions these myths, calling for a more complex understanding of...   More >

Friday, February 1, 2019

The Image Book

Film - Feature | February 1 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The newest essay film by Jean-Luc Godard is “a kaleidoscopic bulletin on the state of our world” (Variety). Winner of the first Special Palme d’Or award in the history of the Cannes Film Festival.

The Pelican

Film - Feature | February 1 | 8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Blain’s achingly moving portrait of paternal love focuses on jazz musician and new father Paul (Blain), who, seeking to satisfy his wife’s upwardly mobile desires, takes part in an illegal scheme that promptly lands him in prison. Released many years later, Paul discovers that his wife has remarried to a wealthy man. Tracing them to their luxurious summer house in Switzerland, Paul spies on the...   More >

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Nasser’s Republic: The Making of Modern Egypt

Film - Documentary | February 2 | 2 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

An intriguing overview of Egypt’s political history in the modern age, Nasser’s Republic examines the transformative influence of Gamal Abdel Nasser (1918–1970) on the Arab world. Through his leadership of the 1952 revolution and rise to power as Egypt’s second president, Nasser challenged Western powers and championed Arab and African liberation. He fought against unemployment, poverty, and...   More >

The Nibelungen, Part I: Siegfried’s Death

Film - Feature | February 2 | 4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Lang’s two-part superproduction of the thirteenth-century Nordic saga that also inspired Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung is a triumph of studio-created artifice in the silent era. Sets, lighting, costumes, camerawork, and special effects all contribute to the monumental re-creation of a world at the dawn of time, when fire-breathing dragons roam the earth and the Nibelungen, a race of dwarfs,...   More >

All Is Forgiven

Film - Feature | February 2 | 7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Hansen-Løve’s assured debut feature is a generous, unflinching look at a loving family gradually undone by addiction. Spanning a period of over a decade in the life of a couple, their child, and their extended family, the film maintains a feeling of intimacy and immediacy in each scene as time passes for the characters, both binding them together and wrenching them apart. A study of the gaps and...   More >