<< Week of September 29 >>

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Green Days

Film - Animated | September 29 | 3:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

As suggested by the name of Ahn Jae-hoon’s animation studio, Meditation with a Pencil, his first feature film—part of a trilogy, which he describes as “a fantasy story for all the children and those who once were”—began with all of the initial drawings done by hand. This warmhearted coming-of-age story is set in a rural town in the early 1980s, the period of the director’s “green days” of youth...   More >

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Film - Feature | September 29 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This novel-into-film is a devastating portrait of a young man’s turmoil, and a virtuoso display of film technique in translating that inner state into exterior imagery. Tom Courtenay stars as Colin Smith, who lives with his dying father, callous mother, and screaming siblings in a cramped house located somewhere between a rock and a hard place. He is sent to a reformatory where the outside...   More >

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The Entertainer

Film - Feature | October 2 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“That’s right, chaps, remember we’re British!” That’s a running joke in this series, but it starts here. John Osborne’s screen adaptation of his tragicomisatiric play unabashedly retains an aura of theater, set against the evocative backdrop of a seedy seaside town. Laurence Olivier portrays a never-was music-hall comedian and philanderer, Archie Rice; Joan Plowright and Alan Bates (his screen...   More >

L’age d’or

Film - Feature | October 2 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The film perhaps most identified with the Surrealist movement, L’age d’or was described on its release as a “desperate pursuit of a wonderful love across the ferocious and cunning snares of social life” (Jean-Paul Dreyfus). Luis Buñuel himself reflected, “L’age d’or is the only film in my career conceived and created in a state of euphoria and enthusiasm, of vertigo for overthrowing things and...   More >

Cine Latino: Amazônia Groove

Film - Documentary | October 2 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 102 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Center for Latin American Studies

Amazônia Groove is framed by a trip up the Amazon River into remote parts of northeastern Brazil. Trees and water glide by along with stories and songs, and director Bruno Murtinho introduces a group of accomplished musicians, each of whom tells a tale of land, water, and life. From traditional bolero music to modern "technobrega," artists perform and discuss the power of music in Brazil and...   More >

(Photo courtesy of Pagu Pictures.)

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Screening: Aswat Jadida (New Voices): Arab Film Festival Kick-Off

Film - Short | October 3 | 6:30-9 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Arab Film and Media Institute

Join the Arab Film and Media Institute for a special pre-festival Kick-Off at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, a week before the opening night of the Arab Film Festival. We will show the shorts program “Aswat Jadida أصوات جديدة (New Voices)” and host a Q&A session with AFMI Director Serge Bakalian after the screening.


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Struggling: (Fen dou)

Film - Feature | October 3 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The tale of a young woman’s battle against her bullying father expands into a rousing cry against all tyranny in Shi Dongshan’s strikingly fresh 1932 melodrama, recently rescued from obscurity thanks to a brilliant restoration from the China Film Archive. Chinese film icons Chen Yanyan and Zheng Junli star as the young woman and the bookish neighbor who helps rescue her, but the film’s...   More >

Friday, October 4, 2019

The Blood of Passion on the Volcano: (Huoshan Qingxie)

Film - Feature | October 4 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A warlord’s lusty nephew destroys a simple farming family’s pastoral idyll and sends its favorite son into tropical exile in Sun Yu’s delirious combination of Chinese peasant drama and Hollywood-style decadent island exotica. Brokenhearted after his family’s ruin, our hero (Zheng Junli) winds up in a South Seas hellhole seemingly borrowed from some leftover Lon Chaney film set, where saloon...   More >

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Crows and Sparrows: (Wuya yu maque)

Film - Feature | October 5 | 1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A Shanghai apartment building serves as a microcosm of China’s class struggles in Zheng Junli’s striking urban drama, filmed during the last days of China’s Nationalist rule and already looking forward to, as one character states, “a New Society.” A scheming Nationalist official and his greedy wife purchase an apartment building and proceed to lord it over the hardworking families still renting...   More >

Why Can’t I Be Me? Around You

Film - Documentary | October 5 | 4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A chance encounter between recently transitioned mechanic Rusty Tidenberg and filmmaker Harrod Blank (Wild Wheels, Automorphosis) sparks a captivating portrayal of the multifaceted life of a transgender woman. Blank, son of revered documentarian Les Blank, first hires Rusty to work on his broken-down van, an interactive art car adorned with cameras, leading to their unexpected collaboration....   More >

Marighella

Film - Feature | October 5 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Carlos Marighella, a politician, writer, and Marxist insurrectionist, remains one of Brazil’s most divisive historical figures. During the military coup of 1964 and subsequent right-wing dictatorship, Marighella fought against the destruction of human rights, leaving his wife and child behind to pursue a revolution in the streets that would ultimately lead to his bloody assassination. Marighella...   More >