Film Series

Past Film Series
  • Ambassador of Cinema: Tom Luddy’s Lasting Influence at BAMPFA

    June 1–July 15, 2023

    This series pays tribute to the breadth of cinematic expression that Tom Luddy—the celebrated film producer, curator, and festival director who led BAMPFA’s film program during its formative years—helped introduce to Bay Area filmgoers, including many of his known favorites and several films that he helped produce.

  • Claudia Cardinale Once Upon a Time

    June 9–July 22, 2023

    Coproduced by Cinecittà, Rome, and featuring new restorations, Claudia Cardinale Once Upon a Time focuses on her great performances from the late 1950s through the 1960s in films imbued with an intelligence and depth that surpass the confines of the scripted characters.

  • Limited Engagements & Special Screenings


    Recent releases, restored classics, and special guests grace the Barbro Osher Theater.

  • Shitamachi: Tales of Downtown Tokyo

    June 16–July 29, 2023

    Take a cinematic tour of Tokyo’s gritty working-class district, Shitamachi, with classic and contemporary films by Yasujiro Ozu, Akira Kurosawa, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Kinuyo Tanaka, and others, including many compelling but lesser-known works.

  • Luis Buñuel’s Magnificent Weapon

    July 7–November 2023

    From the eye slice in his revolutionary collaboration with Salvador Dalí, Un chien Andalou, to the explosive finale of his last film, That Obscure Object of Desire, this retrospective offers the opportunity to see films from throughout Luis Buñuel’s career.

  • Out of the Vault: The Enchanted Yuliya Solntseva

    July 21–August 27, 2023

    Presenting prints from the BAMPFA collection, this series highlights the work of Yuliya Solntseva, as both an actress and a director, including collaborations with her husband, the Ukranian director Oleksandr Dovzhenko.

  • Preston Sturges: More Than Comedy

    July 27–August 26, 2023

    Look again at the hilarious, utterly idiosyncratic films of writer-director Preston Sturges, and discover what makes them classic comedies—and something more than comedies. Author and film critic Stuart Klawans joins us in person for three screenings and a book signing.

  • Free Outdoor Screenings: The Art of Animation

    August 3–31, 2023

    Bring a blanket or lawn chair to BAMPFA’s huge outdoor LED screen for three free screenings.

  • The Art of Animation: Storytelling in the Digital Age

    August 3–31, 2023

    We welcome the coauthors of the recently published Making the Cut at Pixar: The Art of Editing Animation, Bill Kinder and Bobbie O’Steen, as our guests for this series that showcases an impressive lineup of feature-length animated films. Made since 1999, these films benefit from methodologies of storytelling developed during the digital era. Kinder and O’Steen offer insights into every stage of production on an animated film, from storyboards to virtual cameras and final animation.