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  • Eyes Wide: The Films of Stanley Kubrick

    9/4/14 to 10/31/14

    This complete Kubrick retrospective begins with his first feature, 1953's Fear and Desire, an existentialist exercise in the futility of war, and ends with Eyes Wide Shut, an absurdist exercise in the depths of the erotic, released after his death in 1999. These thirteen films,... View

  • Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case


    This new Danish documentary following the Chinese dissident artist after his release from imprisonment for the “subversion of state power” sets the stage for I'm Weiwei, our film series on human rights coming this November and December.

  • James Dean, Restored Classics from Warner Bros.

    9/5/14 to 9/20/14

    This series dedicated to the iconic actor showcases beautiful new digital restorations of the three films James Dean made for Warner Brothers: East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause, and Giant.

  • Activate Yourself: The Free Speech Movement at Fifty

    9/11/14 to 10/30/14

    Activate Yourself brings together punchy, probing documentaries and feature films that testify to the expansive influence of the Free Speech Movement, born on the UC Berkeley campus fifty years ago this October. Expect a bevy of special guests at each screening, including veteran... View

  • Jean-Luc Godard: Expect Everything from Cinema

    9/12/14 to 10/23/14

    This installment of our Godard retrospective focuses on the period 1968 to 1979, when the French New Wave director turned to the problem of how to “make films politically.” It includes work made with Jean-Pierre Gorin under the banner The Dziga Vertov Group-Gorin joins us in... View

  • Banjo Tales and Musical Holdouts


    Join us for the world premiere of Banjo Tales, copresented with the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention. Yasha Aginsky's film follows the legendary folklorist and string-band performer Mike Seeger (1933–2009) as he travels through Appalachia in search of traditional banjo players.... View

  • Discovering Georgian Cinema

    September 26, 2014–April 19, 2015

    Inspired by BAM/PFA's significant holdings of Soviet Georgian films, Discovering Georgian Cinema explores the rich cinematic tradition that has emerged from this distinctive cultural milieu during the past century. Including over fifty programs presented over seven months, this... View

  • Film Course: Spotlight on Georgian Cinema

    9/29/14 to 10/27/14

    A five-week film course offered in conjunction with the series Discovering Georgian Cinema, gives you the opportunity to view 35mm archival prints and learn more about Georgian history, geography, and culture, as well as the stylistic traditions of Georgian cinema, from leading... View

  • Endless Summer Cinema

    10/3/14 to 10/10/14

    Join us for two evenings of free films under the stars across the street from our future home in downtown Berkeley. Pedal on over on Friday, October 3 for Pee-wee's Big Adventure and let your hair grow in time for This Is Spinal Tap on Friday, October 10. On the Crescent Lawn,... View

  • Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

    10/10/14 to 12/14/14

    We are pleased to present a retrospective of the work of Hou Hsiao-hsien, “the world's greatest working narrative filmmaker” (J. Hoberman), who first came to prominence as a key figure of the New Taiwan Cinema movement of the 1980s. Our series begins in October with Hou's early... View

  • Afterimage: Leslie Thornton

    10/15/14 to 10/16/14

    New York–based experimental filmmaker Leslie Thornton combines original and found footage, sound, and texts to create indefinable works that cross narrative, science fiction, ethnography, and documentary forms. She presents her work and joins in conversation with Pooja Rangan,... View

  • I'm Weiwei: Activism, Free Expression, Human Rights

    11/2/14 to 12/11/14

    A series in solidarity, I'm Weiwei addresses many of the issues that confront the great Chinese artist Ai Weiwei-basic human rights, free expression, incarceration, abuses of state power. Innovative documentaries offer portraits of men and women who have found themselves actively... View

  • Jean-Luc Godard: Expect Everything from Cinema

    11/8/14 to 12/13/14

    Godard's films from the 1980s, the focus of this installment in our ongoing retrospective, mark a (relative) return to narrative. Genres from slapstick to detective stories are mined, juxtaposition and fragmentation are enlisted, and sound and image angle for supremacy. Ultimately... View

  • Ready for His Close-Up: The Films of Billy Wilder

    1/15/15 to 2/28/15

    The superlative American director Billy Wilder, who wrote and directed over two dozen films, worked the fine, serrated edge between-between dark noirs and ribald comedies, between blithe romance and sorrowful drama. Our series showcases his pithy storylines, breakneck banter, and... View

  • Jean-Luc Godard: Expect Everything from Cinema

    1/16/15 to 2/13/15

    Our yearlong Jean-Luc Godard retrospective continues with some of the master's more recent films, as well as two of his monumental, rarely screened serial essays, France/tour/détour/deux/enfants and Histoire(s) du cinéma. “A body of work that is truly rich and strange, and as... View

  • African Film Festival 2015

    1/17/15 to 2/17/15

    This year's edition of our annual African Film Festival focuses on liberation movements-both today and in the past-and on women filmmakers, including one of the first women to make films in Africa, Sarah Maldoror.

  • Film 50: History of Cinema

    1/21/15 to 4/29/15

    Our annual film-lecture course, copresented with UC Berkeley's Department of Film and Media, showcases an exciting lineup of world cinema classics, globetrotting between continents and featuring strong examples from various film movements and historical periods.

  • Documentary Voices 2015

    1/27/15 to 2/24/15

    This year's edition of our annual spring series Documentary Voices features masters of the medium, from Robert Flaherty to Frederick Wiseman to Harun Farocki. Presented in conjunction with the UC Berkeley course History of Documentary Film taught by Linda Williams, the series... View

  • Afterimage: Filmmakers and Critics in Conversation: Mati Diop

    2/19/15 to 2/21/15

    French filmmaker Mati Diop, who started as an actress in Claire Denis's 35 Shots of Rum, is known for “beautifully inscrutable” films “drawn from memory, experience, and chance encounters” (André Picard). We are delighted that Diop joins us to present and discuss her work in... View

  • Serialities 1915/2015

    2/25/15 to 2/27/15

    The programs in this series, presented as part of the Third International Berkeley Conference on Film and Media, reflect just a fraction of what can happen when single films, artists, and television go serial. Why have serials-on television, online–become the quintessential... View

  • Committed Cinema: Thomas Allen Harris

    Thomas Allen Harris (E Minha Cara/That’s My Face, VINTAGE: Families of Value) situates stories of his own family within larger contexts to open possibilities of political action and social change. He visits BAM/PFA to present two of his visually striking and insightful essay films... View

  • J.P. Sniadecki

    Afterimage: J.P. Sniadecki

    Filmmakers & Critics in Conversation

  • Thanks to Henri Langlois: A Centennial Tribute

    One of the final series in our current theater honors French film archivist and cinephile Henri Langlois (1914–1977), who inspired the international cinematheque movement and whose approach greatly informed the vision of BAM/PFA. Our tribute includes French silent cinema as well... View

  • The Phantom Foe

    Experience a classic of the silent serial genre with the fifteen hair-raising episodes of this adventure tale featuring the Phantom Foe, an elusive and sinister criminal mastermind. “A rediscovered proto-feminist masterpiece of terror and tension!” (Jurij Meden, George... View

  • Melodrama Master: John M. Stahl

    If you like Douglas Sirk, you'll love John M. Stahl. Stahl (1886–1950 ), the original Hollywood melodrama master.

  • The Poetry of Time: Andrei Tarkovsky

    Influential Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky (1932–1986) "invented a new language, true to the nature of film" (Ingmar Bergman). This complete retrospective extends from Tarkovsky's powerful first film, Ivan's Childhood (1962), to his final, the elegiac The Sacrifice (1986).... View

  • New Video Art from India

    A program of recent video art from India, including work from Mumbai, Goa, and New Delhi. Titles include Logic of Birds, Man with Cockerel, Fjaka, Iceboat, Between the Waves, Forerunner, and Night Noon.