<< Week of December 11 >>

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Shirin

Film - Feature | December 8 | 4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A film about watching and most of all experiencing film, Shirin features close-ups of 112 Iranian actresses (and Juliette Binoche) as they sit, transfixed, watching an adaptation of a famed twelfth-century Iranian epic poem. Or so it seems; the soundtrack they respond to, all galloping hooves, clashing swords, and declarations of love, was created by Kiarostami, but the “film” it evokes does not...   More >

Stuff and Dough

Film - Feature | December 8 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A young man dreaming of enough “dough” to start his own snack stand winds up delivering a package of unknown “stuff” for some dubiously employed gangsters in this deadpan road movie, the debut film by Cristi Puiu, who would go on to direct The Death of Mr. Lazarescu. More Down by Law than Mad Max in its road-movie dynamics (Puiu cited the humor and “emptiness” of Jim Jarmusch’s film as...   More >

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Film Screening - The Long Shadow

Film - Documentary | December 11 | 2-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 john powell, Othering and Belonging Institute; Frances Causey

 400 Years of Resistance to Slavery and Injustice

Of all the divisions in America, none is as insidious and destructive as racism. In this powerful documentary, the filmmakers, both privileged daughters of the South, who were haunted by their families slave owning pasts, passionately seek the hidden truth and the untold stories of how America—guided by the South's powerful political influence—steadily, deliberately and at times secretly,...   More >

The King of Comedy

Film - Feature | December 11 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In a review for the Village Voice, J. Hoberman called The King of Comedy the “richest, most intelligent Hollywood movie of 1983. . . . Between them, Scorsese, Robert De Niro and screenwriter Paul Zimmerman have created an American archetype: Rupert Pupkin . . . the celebrity-crazed would-be standup comedian who attaches himself to TV talk-show host Jerry Lewis. . . . The King of Comedy is a...   More >

Thursday, December 12, 2019

River’s Edge

Film - Feature | December 12 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In the age of Reagan, to “just say no” meant to relinquish that minute, but powerful act of just saying yes. At least this seemed true for a generation of teenagers whose only expression of power came from consuming taboo experience in a world of dead nerve-endings. Director Tim Hunter draws on the true story of a sixteen-year-old Milpitas student who strangles his fourteen-year-old girlfriend,...   More >

Keanu Reeves

Friday, December 13, 2019

Fire and Ashes: Making the Ballet RAkU

Film - Documentary | December 13 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Bay Area filmmaker Shirley Sun’s engaging dance film goes behind the scenes with composer Shinji Eshima and San Francisco Ballet resident choreographer Yuri Possokhov as they recount their collaboration with the original cast of RAkU. Set in historic Japan, the ballet is a fictional tale filled with passion, lust, loss, pain, and compassion, based on a true event: the burning of the beautiful...   More >

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Rarely has trusting one’s life to health professionals seemed deadlier than in this sardonic comédie humaine that won more than thirty international prizes and was called “the most remarkable film of the year” by the Village Voice. Living alone with his cats and his alcohol, the elderly Dante Lăzărescu experiences chest pain, and calls, then waits, and waits, for an ambulance. So begins...   More >

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Christ Stopped at Eboli

Film - Feature | December 14 | 1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In the mountain village of Gagliano, in the impoverished Lucania region of south-central Italy, a proverb reflects the unchanging nature of the inhabitants’ isolation: even Christ stopped at Eboli, the town at the bottom of the bare and craggy hill. In 1935 Carlo Levi, the leftist writer, physician, and painter, was banished by the Fascist government to three years’ exile in Gagliano. His...   More >

Certified Copy

Film - Feature | December 14 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Juliette Binoche and opera singer William Shimell star in Kiarostami’s playful unspooling of the romance genre, set in a radiant Tuscany where nothing is quite as it seems. Fittingly beginning at a lecture on fakery in art, the film follows an art gallery owner (Binoche) and an author (Shimell) whose chance meeting turns into a lengthy afternoon of conversation, sparring, and play-acting, and...   More >

Mr. Klein

Film - Feature | December 14 | 8:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

You know something’s happening, but you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Klein? Played with manicured indifference by Alain Delon, Klein is a dispassionate art dealer profiting from the desperation of Jews fleeing occupied France in the early forties. When he learns that the Nazi authorities suspect him of being a Jew, he seeks out the identity of a shadowy double, another Mr. Klein, living...   More >