Extending over the course of a year, Cinema Mon Amour brings local celebrities and artists, as well as internationally acclaimed filmmakers, to BAMPFA to share with us their love of cinema. We launch the series, as well as our film programming in the new BAMPFA building, with a week of special presentations by individuals who have been important to our institution. The opening night features Barbro Osher, after whom our new theater is named, who has selected to screen Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal (1957). Barbro will speak anecdotally about why this film is so important to her and she has invited UC Berkeley professor Linda Haverty Rugg, a noted Bergman authority from the Department of Scandinavian, to position the film historically.
We also mark this important milestone in BAMPFA’s history by welcoming each of the past directors of the Pacific Film Archive. Sheldon Renan, the founding director, as well as Tom Luddy, Lynda Myles, and Edith Kramer will each present a program they find inspirational and will help us celebrate and remember our storied past as we embark on this exciting new chapter in our institution’s history.
Susan Oxtoby, Senior Film Curator