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  • An Open Window: Víctor Erice

    July 29–August 2, 2015

    Spanish director Víctor Erice is revered for his masterpieces of contemplative cinema, reflecting on childhood, cinema, and the passing of time. We are honored that Erice will visit BAM/PFA to present his complete oeuvre of feature films and discuss his work with curator and... View

  • Afterimage: Nino Kirtadze

    Filmmakers & Critics in Conversation

    Filmmaker Nino Kirtadze is known for documentaries that explore contemporary Georgia, Russia, or the relationship between the two. She joins us for short residency to present her work and to discuss them, and the issues they raise, with film critic Michael Guillen. 

  • Cinema Mon Amour

    February 3–7, 2016

    Opening Week Celebration

    Celebrate and remember our storied past as we embark on this exciting new chapter in our institution’s history.

  • Love Exists: The Films of Maurice Pialat

    February 5–March 25, 2016

    Pialat (1925–2003) is considered the greatest French filmmaker of the post–New Wave era. A gifted storyteller, Pialat made films that capture the authenticity of real life. 

  • In Focus: The Role of Film Archives

    February 10–March 16

    Go behind the scenes with this lecture/screening series featuring presentations by America’s leading film archivists.

  • Documentary Voices 2016

    February 10–April 13, 2016

    A selection of recent and historical films that extend the documentary form in provocative ways. With Alan Berliner as our first Les Blank Lecturer.

  • African Film Festival 2016

    February 11–March 19, 2016

    The festival spotlights new work from Africa and the African diaspora, including a new crop of documentaries.

  • Cinema Mon Amour: Guy Maddin

    February 12–14, 2016

    Join wildly entertaining filmmaker Guy Maddin as he presents his own work, including 2015's The Forbidden Room, plus some of his favorites from film history.

  • Movie Matinees for All Ages 2016


    Introduce young people to the joys of the big-screen cinematic experience with Saturday afternoons at the movies.

  • The End and the Beginning, Eduardo Coutinho (Brazil, 2006)

    Eduardo Coutinho: A Cinema of Listening

    February 25–April 15, 2016

    Stories told by everyday people about their lives—"films as conversations"—from legendary Brazilian documentarian Eduardo Coutinho (1933–2014).

  • Jean Epstein

    March 4–April 10, 2016

    Revolutionary cinema from French director Jean Epstein (1897–1953), including his poetic adaptation of The Fall of the House of Usher.

  • The Cinematic Landscapes of Nuri Bilge Ceylan

    March 24–April 17, 2016

    Discover the complex and subtle films of Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan, "one of the most important auteurs working today" (NY Times), including his latest, the Palme d'Or recipient Winter Sleep.

  • Committed Cinema: Charles Ferguson

    March 30–April 4, 2016

    Three powerful documentaries from Charles Ferguson, including his latest, about climate change.

  • In Focus: Japanese Film Classics

    April 6–May 11, 2016

    In this lecture/screening series, experts guide us in an exploration of key works of Japanese cinema.

  • Isaac Julien

    April 20–21, 2016

    Isaac Julien, a central figure in British visual culture and queer independent cinema, presents his boundary-pushing work over two evenings. 

  • 59th San Francisco International Film Festival at BAMPFA

    April 22–May 5, 2016

    BAMPFA is the exclusive East Bay venue for the San Francisco International Film Festival, an annual showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation.

  • The Films of Seijun Suzuki

    May 7–June 30, 2016

    In films ranging from B-movie potboilers to beguiling metaphysical mysteries, Seijun Suzuki's audaciously experimental approach has gained him a cult following both in Japan and abroad.

  • Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road

    May 13–July 30 2016

    A retrospective featuring recently restored films by Wim Wenders, "a must-see for cinephiles of all stripes” (Rodrigo Perez, Indiewire).

  • UCLA Festival of Preservation 2016

    May 15–June 26, 2016

    This traveling showcase is a grab bag of genres spanning six decades of American cinema, from comedy to melodrama to war film to Western.

  • Early Music Film Festival

    May 26-June 15, 2016

    BAMPFA partners with the Berkeley Festival to celebrate Baroque music with concerts and films. 

  • Auteur, Author: Film & Literature 2016

    June 1–5, 2016

    Presented in collaboration with the Bay Area Book Festival, this series celebrates the dialogue between film and books and includes many literary luminaries in person.

  • Guided Tour: Museums in Cinema

    July 6–August 31, 2016

    Fiction, nonfiction, and experimental films encourage us to contemplate and debate the role of museums in contemporary society.

  • Vienna and the Movies

    July 7–October 9, 2016

    The influence of Vienna—an essential cockpit of modernism—on cinema. Includes films by Fritz Lang, Ernst Lubitsch, Max Ophuls, Josef von Sternberg, Billy Wilder, and more. 

  • Cinema Mon Amour

    August 11–17, 2016

    Local luminaries Tiffany Shlain, Vijay Anderson, and Gary Meyer present films that have inspired them.

  • David Lynch: The Man from Another Place

    August 19–21, 2016

    Dennis Lim takes us on a five-program exploration of “the Lynchian," the world of abysmal terror, piercing beauty, and convulsive sorrow created by filmmaker David Lynch.

  • Contemplative Cinema: Ozu's Late Films

    September 1–October 30, 2016

    Ozu’s thoughful and poetic postwar films focusing on middle-class life, including the Noriko trilogy starring Setsuko Hara.

  • Limited Engagements & Special Screenings 2016

    Fall 2016

    La Notte, Ixcanul, Elevator to the Gallows, and Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil

  • Something To Do with Death: Sergio Leone

    September 2-23

    A rare chance to see Leone's groundbreaking "spaghetti" Westerns on the big screen.

  • Alternative Visions

    September 7–November 16, 2016


    Our annual series dedicated to avant-garde film.