<< Week of March 17 >>

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 >