<< Week of January 26 >>

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Shorts by Agnès Varda, Program 2: Places and Faces

Film - Feature | January 26 | 1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This collection of short works finds Varda observing people, places, and spaces from France to Iran. In L’opéra-Mouffe she evokes the “imaginative world of pregnancy” with a dreamlike montage that combines poetic imagery with documentary portraits shot in the gritty neighborhood of rue Mouffetard. Capturing azure waters and lobster-skinned tourists in the saturated hues of a vacation slide, the...   More >

La dolce vita

Film - Feature | January 26 | 3:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

After the screening on January 26, 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 helicopter flies over Rome dangling a gigantic statue of Christ. “Oh, look,”...   More >

The Straight Story

Film - Feature | January 26 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“Walt Disney Pictures Presents a Film by David Lynch”: from the opening titles, Lynch’s surprising follow-up to Lost Highway defies all audience expectations of “the Lynchian.” Longtime character actor and ex-stuntman Richard Farnsworth (Kirk Douglas’s double in Spartacus) earned an Oscar nod as an elderly man, too impaired to have a driver’s license, who instead drives his lawn mower across the...   More >

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Documentary Screening: Dawnland, by Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip

Film - Documentary | January 28 | 6:30-9 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Social Welfare, School of, American Indian Graduate Student Association (AIGSA), American Indian Graduate Program (AIGP), Native American Student Development office (NASD), Media Resources Center

For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native children from their homes and placed them with white families. Many children suffered devastating emotional harm by adults who shamed and demeaned them, and tried to erase their culture. The fallout was unbearable.

Dawnland tells the story of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation...   More >

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Open City

Film - Feature | January 29 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A wartime bread-riot at a Roman bakery: Pina (Anna Magnani) stoops to pick up a loaf. “You?” a man asks. “Should I starve?” she asks. Then she gives him the bread; he shouldn’t starve either. The raw courage, and raw terror, of individuals caught up in the implicit violence of everyday life under fascism is made explicit in Open City, one of several films Fellini cowrote with director Roberto...   More >

Wild at Heart

Film - Feature | January 29 | 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 >

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Vagabond

Film - Feature | January 30 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Varda created a chilling fiction around the true story of a young woman who froze to death in the south of France, the proverbial land of sunshine. She approaches the story of Mona (Sandrine Bonnaire)—a young dropout with only a backpack and tent to her name, who wanders south for the winter—from the stance of the curious journalist. Thus this film of elegant clarity, while moving, is finally...   More >

Friday, January 31, 2020

Faces Places

Film - Feature | January 31 | 5 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In this remarkable documentary about art, society, life, and death, Varda teams up with hipster artist JR on a road trip to rural France and its working-class communities, where they meet with the locals and create installations of large-scale photographic portraits. The tender friendship that is formed between Varda and JR is just one element of this enchanting work that binds two kindred...   More >

Blue Velvet

Film - Feature | January 31 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Lynch’s color-saturated noir posits a small-town America steeped in psychic dread, where evil lurks beneath the manicured lawns. The plot concerns amateur sleuth Kyle MacLachlan’s encounters with bruised chanteuse Isabella Rossellini, girl-next-door Laura Dern, and sociopath-next-door Dennis Hopper; after a series of sordid set pieces, the bluebird of happiness finally arrives, but it’s an...   More >

Saturday, February 1, 2020

La Pointe Courte

Film - Feature | February 1 | 3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Made outside the French film industry on a shoestring budget, Varda’s 1954 debut has been called by historian Georges Sadoul “truly the first film of the nouvelle vague”; its innovative editing, location shooting, and use of nonprofessional actors seem as radical now as they did then. A sun-scarred Mediterranean fishing port is both background and plot element for a fractured tale of reunited...   More >

La strada

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

It’s hard to think of La strada apart from its reputation as a Humanist Classic, what Vincent Canby called “a fable of spiritual redemption,” in which Giulietta Masina’s clownish soul Gelsomina is victimized by Anthony Quinn’s brutish Zampanò and they call it a traveling sideshow. But that’s a good reason to see it again. Behind Masina’s tragicomic masquerade are some of the most chillingly...   More >

Blue Velvet

Film - Feature | February 1 | 8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Lynch’s color-saturated noir posits a small-town America steeped in psychic dread, where evil lurks beneath the manicured lawns. The plot concerns amateur sleuth Kyle MacLachlan’s encounters with bruised chanteuse Isabella Rossellini, girl-next-door Laura Dern, and sociopath-next-door Dennis Hopper; after a series of sordid set pieces, the bluebird of happiness finally arrives, but it’s an...   More >