<< Week of February 09 >>

Monday, February 10, 2020

Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue

Film - Documentary | February 10 | 5-8 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium (#310)

 Miki Dezaki, Director

 Hannah Airriess, Film & Media, UCB

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

The “comfort women” issue is perhaps Japan’s most contentious present-day diplomatic quandary. Inside Japan, the issue is dividing the country across clear ideological lines. Supporters and detractors of “comfort women” are caught in a relentless battle over empirical evidence, the validity of oral testimony, the number of victims, the meaning of sexual slavery, and the definition of coercive...   More >

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The White Sheik

Film - Feature | February 12 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Fellini’s first solo directorial effort is a farce about the collision of fantasy and reality. A pair of provincial newlyweds (Leopoldo Trieste and Brunella Bovo) arrive in Rome with plans for a visit with relatives and an audience with the Pope. But first, the naive young bride sets out to meet her heartthrob, the White Sheik (Alberto Sordi), hero of a fumetto photo-comic strip—leading to a...   More >

Videograms of a Revolution

Film - Documentary | February 12 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Before there were cell phones witnessing history in the making, there were video cameras. In December 1989, the future of Romania was up in the air. It was also on the air. During a televised speech, Nicolae Ceauşescu stopped speaking and looked off-camera, confused. The broadcast cut briefly to an empty red screen, until eventually his speech resumed. The (televised) revolution had...   More >

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Out of the Present

Film - Feature | February 13 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“The first film made in outer space” (as the film’s press notes lightheartedly proclaim), Andrei Ujică’s Russian-made precursor to The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu is another found-footage documentary mining more otherworldly, yet no less epochal material: the voyage of Soviet cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, who left the earthly Soviet Union in 1991 for the Mir space station, only to...   More >

Friday, February 14, 2020

Le bonheur

Film - Feature | February 14 | 5 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In this strikingly colorful, lyrical film, Varda contemplates happiness. François, a carpenter, is happy with his wife; he is happier still when he takes a mistress. For him it is not a question of loving one or the other; he loves both, and wants them to share a life together. This triangular relationship is examined within a circular structure. The film begins and ends with blissful family...   More >

Wild at Heart

Film - Feature | February 14 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Just out of prison for manslaughter, Sailor (Nicolas Cage) breaks parole to take Lula (Laura Dern), his inseparable lover, to California. Lula’s mother, Marietta (Diane Ladd), accompanied by a private eye (Harry Dean Stanton), pursues the de facto fugitives to rescue her daring daughter from herself. In Big Tuna, Texas, a scruffy town inhabited by lowlifes, they encounter the thoroughly demented...   More >

Saturday, February 15, 2020

The Young Girls of Rochefort

Film - Feature | February 15 | 1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

See it large: this dance musical by Varda’s husband, Jacques Demy, is as antithetical to the small screen as West Side Story, whose choreography it emulates and whose star George Chakiris improbably appears here—along with Gene Kelly, Mr. American in Paris himself. In the sleepy town of Rochefort, denizens who somnolently dance sidewise down the street are energized by the arrival of a traveling...   More >

The Young Girls Turn 25

Film - Feature | February 15 | 3:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Varda’s splendid documentary revisits the town of Rochefort on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the shooting of Jacques Demy’s The Young Girls of Rochefort, and finds evidence of the film’s lasting effects on the townspeople. In a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at all aspects of the production (including Michel Legrand’s original score, the choreography, the art direction, and the complex...   More >

8 1/2

Film - Feature | February 15 | 5 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

After the screening on February 15, 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).

A traffic-jam nightmare, a literal flight of fancy, nuns and whores and more: 8...   More >

Mulholland Drive

Film - Feature | February 15 | 8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The perfect postmodern LA story, Lynch’s poison-pen love letter to Hollywood might, or might not, involve an ingenue recently arrived in the City of Angels (Naomi Watts), an amnesiac brunette with a questionable past (Laura Harring), and a filmmaker (Justin Theroux). Befitting its dream-factory setting, though, this Chandler-by-way-of-Borges noir changes its story seemingly with every reel...   More >