<< Week of April 07 >>

Sunday, April 7, 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 >

Be Pretty and Shut Up!

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In 1976 Delphine Seyrig told Leila Weinraub of the New York Times, “I have a heavy past, having been an actress. . . . It was a way of seducing, of proving to myself that I could be accepted. But actresses are a commercial product. They represent the whole male‐female problem seen with a microscope. They are agents of the male optic.” Seyrig proved her thesis with Be Pretty and Shut Up!, a...   More >

Chamisso’s Shadow: A Journey to the Bering Sea in Three Chapters. Chapter 3: Kamchatka and Bering Island

Film - Documentary | April 7 | 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 >

The Quince Tree Sun

Film - Documentary | April 7 | 5 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

FEATURING
Antonio López García, María Moreno, Enrique Gran, Jos. Carretero,

The Quince Tree Sun is an exquisite portrait of the Spanish realist painter Antonio López García as he paints a single work: a picture of a quince tree in his backyard, which he planted years ago and which now stimulates thoughts on light, painting, and process; on death; on what we know of the world and how we know...   More >

Monday, April 8, 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, April 9, 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 >

Wednesday, April 10, 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 >

The Third Murder

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

It looks at first like an open-and-shut case: a factory owner has been murdered and an employee, Misumi (a brilliantly enigmatic Koji Yakusho), has confessed to the crime. But when a defense lawyer tries to establish Misumi’s motive, he wanders into a web of uncertainties that are not just factual, but existential. “People hardly understand members of their own family, let alone strangers,” says...   More >

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Film - Feature | April 10 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“I already had my troubles for today, so I can’t worry about tomorrow,” states Daniel, one of the protagonists in award-winning photographer RaMell Ross’s inspired and intimate portrait of a place and its people. Set in an African American community in rural Alabama where the director moved to coach basketball in 2009, the film captures small, but nevertheless precious, moments in black...   More >

Thursday, April 11, 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 >

Kabul, City in the Wind

Film - Feature | April 11 | 5:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The deep-seated effects of decades of conflict in Afghanistan are memorably revealed through the lives of three Kabul residents in Aboozar Amini’s mesmerizing observational documentary. In this deeply personal and resonant film, the resilience of Abas, a sensitive bus driver whose meager livelihood is jeopardized when his vehicle breaks down, is juxtaposed with the situation of two young...   More >

First Night Nerves

Film - Feature | April 11 | 8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Festival favorite Stanley Kwan is one of cinema’s great directors of women, and his deliriously entertaining new film offers an almost entirely female cast. When transgender playwright An hires two feuding actresses to star in her latest work, she has little idea of the battles for center stage that will ensue. Starring Cantopop queen Sammi Cheng as Xiuling and Gigi Leung as the younger and...   More >

Friday, April 12, 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 >

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Only iconic filmmaker and festival favorite Stanley Nelson could create a documentary that matches the artistry and dynamism of Miles Davis, who defined and embodied “cool” through his music, casual demeanor, and chiseled good looks. Featuring a voiceover from actor Carl Lumbly, who eerily captures Davis’s quintessential rasp, Birth of the Cool skillfully weaves together Davis’s classic jazz...   More >

Gehen | Bleiben: Whether to remain or to leave

Film - Series | April 12 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Goethe-Institut San Francisco, Auditorium

 530 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

 Hippie Masala (Forever in India) by Ulrich Grossenbacher and Damaris Lüthi Switzerland 2006

 Department of History, German Historical Institute Pacific Regional Office Berkeley, Institute of European Studies, Goethe-Institut San Francisco, Alliance Francaise San Francisco

A film series focusing on the everyday life of migrants and migrants in the making: Through the lens of intimate relationships and a ground-up historical perspective, five curated documentaries and films explore the causation and consequences of international and global migration.

Core of the World

Film - Feature | April 12 | 8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A mild-mannered vet named Egor is caught between a group of animal rights protesters and the proprietors of the dog-training farm where he works in this complex naturalistic drama. Plunging deeply into her characters’ lives, Natalia Meshchaninova’s second feature portrays Egor attempting to find his moral center in an environment where the distinction between what’s right and wrong isn’t always...   More >

Saturday, April 13, 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 >

Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins

Film - Documentary | April 13 | 1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

As journalism comes under attack with constant cries of “fake news,” this hugely entertaining documentary about the fierce and fearless writer and social commentator Molly Ivins reminds us how wit and well-channeled vitriol can speak truth to power. Born into a wealthy Texas family and possessed of a razor-sharp pen, Ivins refused to conform to restrictive Southern belle stereotypes and...   More >

The Grand Bizarre

Film - Feature | April 13 | 3:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A tantalizing textile overload, experimental animator Jodie Mack’s feature debut vibrates with color, sound, and place. Shot on 16mm and guided by a playful and pulsating soundtrack, The Grand Bizarre is a visual delight of texture and fabric. While playfully placing objects near and far in the frame and animating them among contrasting landscapes in different parts of the world, Mack examines...   More >

Lapü

Film - Feature | April 13 | 5:45 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Doris is a young Wayuú woman who dreams of a reunion with her deceased cousin. After seeking advice from her grandmother, she learns that this vision obligates her to exhume her cousin’s remains from her grave and lead a “second burial,” which will allow her to rest in peace. Mirroring the Wayuú’s traditional belief that the dead coexist with the living, filmmakers César Alejandro Jaimes and Juan...   More >

In My Room

Film - Feature | April 13 | 8:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

What if the apocalypse happens not with a bang but with a whimper? And what if you were the only survivor but didn’t have an affinity for life in the first place? These are some of the questions explored with droll humor in the latest film by Ulrich Köhler (Sleeping Sickness). After falling asleep in his car, Armin awakens to find that everyone around him has vanished. What it means for him to be...   More >