Film - Feature | August 19 | 3-4:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
This was Bergmans first film in color, and he prepared for the transition with fastidious care. Set in the music world, the film is a satire about pompous males and the women who stroke their vanity while getting just what they want from them.
Film - Feature | August 19 | 4:30-6 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
One of the key works of eighties European cinema, Tanners poem/film in praise of solitude and the flâneur finally finds a protagonist able to happily unmoor himself from work and consumerist obligation, and to instead spend time sleeping, walking, dreaming,
Film - Feature | August 19 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
By the eighties, for Antonioni to make a love story is necessarily to make a mystery, as well as a bit of science fiction. Identification of a Woman centers around an improbability: Niccolo, a film director, is searching for both the perfect star for a film in the form of a woman, and the perfect woman in his life.
Film - Feature | August 22 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
While exploring a volcanic island on a yachting expedition, a troubled young woman named Anna disappears, leaving her lover Sandro (Gabriele Ferzetti) and close friend Claudia (Monica Vitti) to search in vain, and fall in love. Lavventura unfolds against Annas very palpable absence, a love story in a void.
Film - Feature | August 23 | 7-7:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
A sci-fi tale that unwinds in the environs of the soul takes the form of a nightmarish quest for nothing less than truth itself. In a plot employing the roughest outlines of a novel by Soviet sci-fi writers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, a writer and a scientist follow a shaven-headed stalker into forbidden territory, a dangerous wilderness known as the Zone.
Film - Feature | August 24 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Le Trou denounces injustice and celebrates solidarity, leaving you to ponder what happens when those values collide (J. Hoberman, New York Times). Beckers last film, Le trou is one of the great prison escape films, and a profound meditation on freedom and confinement that exists in the same spiritual screen realm as Renoirs Grand Illusion and Bressons A Man Escaped (Telluride Film... More >
Film - Feature | August 24 | 8:45-10:15 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The eighty-three-year-old Antonioni returned to filmmaking after a ten-year absence (triggered by a debilitating stroke that left him unable to speak) with this resolutely idiosyncratic treatise on that most old-fashioned of themes: beauty. Its four separate episodes, set in France and Italy, are based on stories in Antonionis collection That Bowling Alley on the Tiber: Tales of a Director.
Film - Feature | August 25 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
A beautifully animated feature-length drama based on the novel by Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner is set in Afghanistan, circa 2001, where an eleven-year-old girl is forced to pretend she is a boy after her father is wrongfully imprisoned by the Taliban.
Film - Feature | August 25 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
La notte takes place over one night, in one city, Milan. Still, Antonionis characters are pilgrims in strange lands and timesin Leclisse, for instance, Alain Delon, in love, will say, I feel like Im in a foreign country. In La notte, that foreign territory is a marriage of ten years being questioned for the first time.