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  • Personality Is Plot: The Films of John Cassavetes

    April 22–May 14, 2017

    A tribute to one of the great American independent filmmakers and to the indelible characters he and his actors created.

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  • Safeguarding Cinema: Film Archivists in Person

    April 22–May 6, 2017

    BAMPFA welcomes two distinguished guests from the international film archive community, Alexander Horwath and Shivendra Singh Dungarpur.

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  • Auteur, Author: Film & Literature

    May 31–June 4, 2017

    Films that celebrate, adapt, and reinterpret writing and writers, with a stellar lineup of authors, filmmakers, and others in person.

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  • Summer Repertory, BAMPFA Style

    June 6–August 27, 2017

    This summer showcase spans centuries and continents with films from the BAMPFA collection and beyond.

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  • Melville 100

    June 8–August 12, 2017

    This retrospective marks the centennial of the great French director whose American-inspired crime films helped set the New Wave in motion.

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  • Samurai Rebellion: Toshiro Mifune, Screen Icon

    June 15–August 30, 2017

    In films by Akira Kurosawa and others, Mifune showed astonishing vitality and range. We present a dozen of his iconic roles, plus a new documentary.

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  • Women’s Troubles: The Films of Pedro Almodóvar

    July 27–August 31, 2017

    Heartfelt melodrama meets candy-colored camp in the Spanish director's tales of women's struggles and solidarity.

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  • Screen Play

    July 29 & August 19, 2017

    A Free Outdoor Festival of Theater on Film

    BAMPFA's outdoor screen comes to life this summer with vibrant film adaptations of noted stage productions.

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    Screen Play

    July 29 & August 19, 2017

    A Free Outdoor Festival of Theater on Film

    BAMPFA's outdoor screen comes to life this summer with vibrant film adaptations of noted stage productions. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the show! 

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  • Terence Davies: Cinema, Memory, Emotion

    August 19–27, 2017

    We celebrate the release of the British writer-director's latest film, a biography of Emily Dickinson, with a selection of his beautifully nuanced works.

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  • Screen Play

    July 29 & August 19, 2017

    A Free Outdoor Festival of Theater on Film

    BAMPFA's outdoor screen comes to life this summer with vibrant film adaptations of noted stage productions.

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  • Marlon Brando: The Fugitive Kind

    September 1–October 28, 2017

    BAMPFA showcases the indelible roles of an actor who transformed male performance on film, from A Streetcar Named Desire to The Godfather.

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  • Amit Dutta’s Cinematic Museum

    September 3–10, 2017

    Examining India’s contemporary artists and classical painters, Dutta’s process-oriented films attest to the ardor of art history.

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  • Canyon Cinema 50

    September 13–November 29, 2017

    A tribute to Canyon’s fifty-year history of providing access to artist-made films and expanding the idea of what cinema can be.

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  • Reflection and Resistance: James Baldwin and Cinema

    September 14–November 16, 2017

    This series explores James Baldwin’s encounter with cinema and his contributions to American intellectual life.

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  • Owsley Brown, A Filmmaker’s Journey

    September 15–October 29, 2017

    The local documentary maker presents his films reflecting on the power of music and the creative harmonies of our shared world.

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  • Alternative Visions 2017

    September 20–December 3, 2017

    BAMPFA's avant-garde showcase is a chance to explore the rich history of experimental cinema.

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  • Chantal Akerman by Chantal Akerman

    September 24–October 29, 2017

    We pay tribute to the late filmmaker with a selection of her most autobiographical works, which combine formal rigor with empathy and insight.

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  • A Golden Age of Chinese Cinema, 1947–52

    September 30–October 21, 2017

    Rare films imported from the China Film Archive reveal an exceptionally fertile period in the nation’s cinema history.

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  • Fallen Idols: Graham Greene on Screen

    October 6–28, 2017

    Films written by Greene or based on his fiction illustrate his famous axiom: “human nature is not black and white but black and grey.”

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  • Afterimage: Kevin Jerome Everson

    October 25–26, 2017

    Everson's films examine formal practices and structures of history while chronicling everyday African American life. Author Michael B. Gillespie joins him in conversation.

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  • Afterimage: Peter Mettler

    November 1–5, 2017

    Mettler joins us to discuss his evocative films, which use the imagistic quality of cinema to express metaphysical concerns.

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  • In Focus: Filmmakers on the Language of Cinema

    November 1–15, 2017

    Filmmakers Peter Mettler, Emiko Omori, and Elliot Davis shed light on the distinctive visual language of cinema in this lecture/screening series.

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  • A Choice of Weapons: The Films of Gordon Parks

    November 3–December 1, 2017

    This series focuses on celebrated photographer Gordon Parks’s groundbreaking and powerful work as a filmmaker.

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  • In the Mood for Maggie Cheung

    November 3–December 16, 2017

    Moving effortlessly between genres and languages, this iconic contemporary actress imbues each of her characters with uncommon wit, strength, and grace.

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  • The Art of Cinematography

    November 5–December 29, 2017

    Revel in cinema as a visual art with this international lineup of celebrated classics and lesser-known discoveries.

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  • What's a Human Anyway? Films from the Global Lens Collection

    November 11–December 21, 2017

    From Tajikistan to Uruguay, Mali to Vietnam, these films offer perspectives on human experience that are both distinctly local and universal.

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  • Hayoun Kwon in Person

    November 12–15, 2017

    The artist presents works that explore personal memories and political realities in imaginative and inventive ways.

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  • Polish Animation: 70 Years

    December 3–20, 2017

    This survey ranges from the subversive experiments of the Soviet era to the surreal, comic, and lyrical works of Polish animators today.

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  • Limited Engagements & Special Screenings 2018

    Ongoing

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

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  • Ida Lupino: Hard, Fast, and Beautiful

    January 13–February 24, 2018

    A talented actress turned groundbreaking director, Lupino left an indelible impression on cinema from both sides of the camera.

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