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Friday, May 31, 2019

Gehen|Bleiben. Whether to remain or to leave. A film series focusing on the topic of migration in European documentaries and films: Bezness as Usual

Film - Feature | May 31 | 6-8 p.m. |  Goethe-Institut San Francisco | Auditorium

 Institute of European Studies, Department of History, Goethe-Institut San Francisco, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, Alliance Française San Francisco

Filmmaker Alex Pitstra was the love child of a holiday romance between Anneke and younger Mohsen in Tunisia. The couple married and settled in the Netherlands, but Mohsen left his young family and Holland after some years. Alex was raised by his single mother. One day, he receives a letter of Mohsen and decides to visit. In "Bezness as Usual" he attempts to get to know his father and straddle his...   More >

Saturday, June 1, 2019

War and Peace, Part I: Andrei Bolkonsky

Film - Feature | June 1 | 4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In 1969, Roger Ebert proclaimed Sergei Bondarchuk’s War and Peace “the definitive epic of all time,” and no film has come along since to contradict that assessment. Bondarchuk undertook the adaptation of the revered Russian novel with all the resources of the Soviet state at his disposal, including priceless museum artifacts as props and literal armies of extras. He also drew on a full arsenal of...   More >

War and Peace, Part I: Andrei Bolkonsky

Film - Feature | June 1 | 4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In 1969, Roger Ebert proclaimed Sergei Bondarchuk’s War and Peace “the definitive epic of all time,” and no film has come along since to contradict that assessment. Bondarchuk undertook the adaptation of the revered Russian novel with all the resources of the Soviet state at his disposal, including priceless museum artifacts as props and literal armies of extras. He also drew on a full arsenal of...   More >

War and Peace, Part II: Natasha Rostova

Film - Feature | June 1 | 8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The second part of Bondarchuk’s epic adaptation opens in 1807 as Napoleon and Tsar Alexander negotiate in Tilsit. Meanwhile, far from the world of politics, young Natasha attends a grand ball, waltzes with Prince Andrei, and is soon engaged to him. However, his protracted absence leaves the emotionally volatile Natasha vulnerable. The film features a remarkable wolf-hunting sequence where...   More >