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  • A Theater Near You

    9/8/12 to 10/21/12

    A Theater Near You presents two classics, a new 35mm print of Mike Nichols's legendary The Graduate (1967) and Gillo Pontecorvo's brilliant The Battle of Algiers (1966), plus two recent releases that should really be seen on the big screen: Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Once Upon a Time in... View

  • Grand Illusions: French Cinema Classics, 1928–1960

    9/14/12 to 12/9/12

    Spanning four months and dozens of films-many in imported 35mm prints-Grand Illusions showcases the work of French directors such as René Clair, Marcel Carné, Jean Grémillon, Max Ophuls, Jean Renoir, Marcel Pagnol, Jean Vigo, Jean Cocteau, and Georges Franju. Classic performances... View

  • Rebel Without Applause: The Films of Alex Cox

    9/28/12 to 10/7/12

    Alex Cox's films are typified by their unrelenting rebellion and anarchic punk aesthetic, from his first radioactive rollick, Repo Man (1984), to 2010's Straight to Hell Returns, featuring Joe Strummer, Courtney Love, and The Pogues. As part of our ongoing series Afterimage:... View

  • An Army of Phantoms: American Cinema and the Cold War

    10/5/12 to 10/27/12

    Author and critic J. Hoberman has curated this series for us based on his recent book, An Army of Phantoms: American Movies and the Making of the Cold War. The selected films illustrate how cinema articulated the chilling moods and manias of the era, from Joe McCarthy's witch... View

  • Home Movie Day


    This year we celebrate Home Movie Day with a compilation of recently discovered home movies from the 1930s and 1940s by Pullman porter Ernest Beane, who lived in Berkeley, accompanied by an original score performed by composer/bassist Marcus Shelby. We also include a selection of... View

  • Behind the Scenes: The Art and Craft of Cinema with Editor Sam Pollard

    11/1/12 to 11/3/12

    UPDATE: Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Sam Pollard is unable to come to the Bay Area as planned. His behind-the-scenes lecture will be rescheduled for a future date. But we will screen the two films selected by Pollard as examples of his craft, Spike Lee's Mo' Better... View

  • At Jetty's End: A Tribute to Chris Marker, 1921–2012

    11/2/12 to 11/30/12

    We remember the great French filmmaker Chris Marker, pioneer of the film essay, with three evenings of screenings (including his masterpieces Sans soleil and La jetée) plus a sneak preview of Emiko Omori's tribute, To Chris Marker, An Unsent Letter.

  • Don't Shoot the Player Piano: The Music of Conlon Nancarrow

    11/2/12 to 11/4/12

    As part of Nancarrow at 100: A Centennial Celebration, produced by Other Minds and Cal Performances, we present two special evenings of films that capture the life and music of avant-garde composer Conlon Nancarrow. The first screening follows a discussion in the BAM/PFA galleries... View

  • Afterimage: The Films of Kidlat Tahimik, Indigenius

    11/8/12 to 11/18/12

    An idol of iconoclasts worldwide, a pioneer of the postcolonial essay film, and the grandfather of the Philippine New Wave, Kidlat Tahimik is committed to documenting and celebrating the “indigenius”-the genius of indigenous peoples. In a rare visit to the U.S., Tahimik joins us... View

  • Art for Human Rights: Ai Weiwei


    In conjunction with the BAM/PFA program Art for Human Rights, we present Alison Klayman's intimate portrait of Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, introduced by art critic and Ai's friend Jeff Kelley. "Ai Weiwei is captivating on camera, and the film makes the case that there... View

  • Wild at Heart: Writer Barry Gifford

    11/29/12 to 12/8/12

    Writer Barry Gifford, a singular voice in American letters, joins us to present selections from his impressive cinematic oeuvre, including Wild at Heart, Lost Highway, and The Phantom Father, and discuss the art and craft of screenwriting. A frequent collaborator with David Lynch... View

  • Readings on Cinema


    Esteemed film historian David Thomson-author of A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films, The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, and numerous biographies-joins us to discuss and sign copies of his latest book, The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies-and What They Have Done to Us,... View

  • Day With(out) Art


    We commemorate Day With(out) Art, initially conceived in 1989 as the national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis, with a screening of the new film United in Anger: The History of ACT UP by Jim Hubbard.

  • The Hills Run Red: Italian Westerns, Leone, and Beyond

    1/10/13 to 1/27/13

    Join us for six classic Spaghetti Westerns by Sergio Leone, Sergio Corbucci, Damiani Damiano, and others, many featuring music by the maestro of the genre, Ennio Morricone. Filmed in the rugged landscapes of Italy and Spain and starring rising (or fading) American actors such as... View

  • Alfred Hitchcock: The Shape of Suspense

    1/11/13 to 4/24/13

    In this season of Hitchcock biopics, we invite you to return to the source and see the classic films from the Master of Suspense. This series is a chance to not only (re-)experience his famed American work of the 1940s and 1950s on the big screen, but also to discover the delights... View

  • Werner Schroeter: Magnificent Obsessions

    1/19/13 to 4/7/13

    Our tribute to the revolutionary director of film, theater, and opera Werner Schroeter (1945–2010) captures the marvelous range of his visionary oeuvre: early fragmented, stylized melodramas marked by an intoxicating use of music; nonfiction films that develop as free-ranging... View

  • African Film Festival 2013

    1/23/13 to 2/5/13

    The 2013 edition of our annual African Film Festival provides a striking opportunity to learn about Africa and the African diaspora through recent films from Egypt, the Republic of Congo, Mali, Kenya, Sudan, Morocco, Haiti, and South Africa. Whether through documentary, animation... View

  • Film 50: History of Cinema: The Cinematic City

    1/23/13 to 5/1/13

    This year, Film 50 focuses on the city, asking "What is it about the city that makes it such a rich subject for cinematic representation?" Films present the city variously as a dynamic visual attraction, a celebration of modernity, a dystopian nightmare, a psychic projection, or a... View

  • The Saddest Music in the World: Tenth Anniversary Celebration


    On the tenth anniversary of Guy Maddin's tale of bewitching beer baroness Lady Port-Huntly (Isabella Rossellini), enjoy a special tribute performance by Grale. Then sit back and relive Maddin's witty and atmospheric film, based on an original screenplay by Kazuo Ishiguro. To... View

  • Behind the Scenes: The Art and Craft of Cinema with Title Designer...


    UPDATE: KYLE COOPER IS UNABLE TO APPEAR DUE TO ILLNESS. SE7EN WILL SCREEN AT 9 PM. Kyle Cooper, who has designed openers for over 150 movies, including Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and Iron Man II, takes us behind-the-scenes of title... View

  • Campus Connections: Playwright/Director Stan Lai


    Stan Lai, who received his Ph.D. in dramatic art from UC Berkeley in 1983, is Taiwan's leading theater playwright/director. He returns to Berkeley in January as an Avenali Resident Fellow at the Arts Research Center and we are pleased to welcome him to the PFA Theater for a... View

  • The Sounds of Silence

    2/1/13 to 2/28/13

    The film component of the exhibition Silence, the Sounds of Silence comprises experimental films, two feature films, and a documentary that explore silence as either subject or medium. Ingmar Bergman's masterful The Silence describes the terrible quiet left behind by God's absence... View

  • Screenagers Film Festival


    The annual Screenagers Film Festival, now in its fifteenth year, is dedicated to showcasing new works by Bay Area high school students, , selected by a team of high school curators.

  • On Location in Silent Cinema

    2/2/13 to 2/22/13

    The films in this series, shown in conjunction with the Second International Berkeley Conference on Silent Cinema, address the establishment of location as a cinematic concept by considering the various ways that it functions in silent cinema. All films will be introduced by... View

  • Documentary Voices 2013

    2/5/13 to 4/9/13

    Documentary Voices is presented in conjunction with the UC Berkeley course History of Documentary Film. Continuing throughout the spring semester, the series showcases the broad range of documentaries being made today, from documentary-fiction hybrids to cinematic essays,... View

  • Chronicles of Inferno: Japan's Art Theater Guild

    2/7/13 to 2/27/13

    In 1967, Japan's Art Theater Guild (or ATG) began producing experimental and highly controversial independent films that challenged not only postwar Japanese society, but cinema itself. Our tribute includes films made for ATG by New Wave icons like Shohei Imamura, Nagisa Oshima,... View

  • And God Created Jean-Louis Trintignant

    3/2/13 to 4/21/13

    In the wake of the accolades bestowed on Jean-Louis Trintignant for his outstanding performance in Michael Haneke's Amour (2012), we showcase Trintignant's work as a film actor beginning with his breakthrough film, Roger Vadim's 1956 …And God Created Woman. Join us for this look... View

  • Filmmaker Provocateur: Jean Rouch

    3/10/13 to 4/16/13

    Much of the extraordinary life work of the French filmmaker and anthropologist Jean Rouch (1917–2004) focused on Africa, where for over sixty years he made ethnographic films in a radical style that continued to evolve. A pioneer of cinema verité and an influence on the French New... View

  • CAAMFest 2013

    3/15/13 to 3/23/13

    Each year, the Center for Asian American Media brings us the best in contemporary cinema from Asia and the Asian diaspora. The thirty-first installment of this adventurous festival (formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival) at the PFA Theater features... View

  • Afterimage: The Films of Singapore's Royston Tan

    3/17/13 to 3/20/13

    International art-house favorite and so-called “bad-boy” of Singaporean cinema Royston Tan introduces three of his films and joins us on March 20 for a conversation with local artist and critic Valerie Soe following a screening of 15. Tan began making provocative short films,... View

  • Inside the BAM/PFA Film Collection


    In conjunction with Member Appreciation Month, our curators and film collection staff present a selection of recently acquired works and share insights into their significance, both for our collection and for the history of film. Open to BAM/PFA members only. Admission free.

  • The Spanish Mirth: The Comedic Films of Luis García Berlanga

    3/29/13 to 4/17/13

    Beginning his directorial career in the midst of Franco's regime, Luis García Berlanga (1921–2010) evaded much outright censorship by disguising his subversive views in stinging satire. Often credited with helping to reshape midcentury Spanish cinema, he spared no one his... View