On View

film series
event series

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Committed Cinema: Hayoun Kwon

    September 21–22, 2016

    Animated films from Hayoun Kwon that explore the border between North and South Korea, as well as the border between historical and personal truth. Plus a program of animated films selected by Kwon.

  • Cinema Mon Amour: Mark Morris

    September 24–October 1, 2016

    Choreographer Mark Morris introduces four films centering on the theme of unrequited love in conjunction with the premiere of his new production of Layla and Majnun at Cal Performances. 

  • Anna Magnani: Eternal Soul of Italian Cinema

    September 25–December 4, 2016

    A series spotlighting Italian actress Anna Magnani, who brought a unique combination of exuberance, empathy, and intelligence to all the parts she played.

  • Committed Cinema: Zhou Hao

    Unparalleled Access

    September 30-October 2, 2016

    Acclaimed documentarian Zhou Hao visits Berkeley to present and discuss his films, which examine the impact of the massive social and economic changes in China.

  • Inspector Maigret on Film

    October 8–22, 2016

    Three films focusing on Georges Simenon's fictional detective: Duvivier's 1933 La tête d'un homme, Renoir's La nuit du carrefour (1932), and Chabrol's 2009 Inspector Bellamy.

  • Afterimage: Ken Jacobs

    Filmmakers and Critics in Conversation

    October 12–15, 2016

    Filmmaker Ken Jacobs visits from New York to present a Nervous Magic Lantern performance, which uses pre-cinema technology to create startling, mesmerizing images, and a lecture on his teacher, painter Hans Hofmann. 

  • 80th Anniversary of the Spanish Civil War

    October 13, 2016

    Peter Carroll introduces The Good Fight: The Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War in conjunction with other UC Berkeley campus events commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War.

  • Committed Cinema: Alanis Obomsawin

    November 3–6, 2016

    The films of Committed Cinema guest Alanis Obomsawin reveal the effects of colonialist history and destructive government policy on indigenous Canadians and show the power of resistance in First Nations communities. 

  • World Trilogies: Ray's Apu Trilogy

    November 4–December 30, 2016
  • Three Lives: Classics of Contemporary African American Cinema

    November 5–December 1, 2016

    Spanning several decades and employing radically different cinematic styles, three films revolving around the daily lives of young black men: Do the Right Thing, Killer of Sheep, Fruitvale Station.

  • Cinema Mon Amour: Robert Beavers

    November 9–14, 2016

    Avant-garde filmmaker Robert Beavers comes to BAMPFA for a weeklong residency to show his own work alongside films that have inspired him.

  • Afterimage: Madeline Anderson

    Filmmakers & Critics in Conversation

    November 17–18, 2016
  • Arrows of Desire: The Films of Powell & Pressburger

    November 19–December 30, 2016

    The witty, daring, and lavish films of writer-director-producer duo Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, including the influential Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes, and A Matter of Life and Death.

  • Cinema Mon Amour: Fall 2016

    November 27–December 8, 2016

    David and Janet Peoples, Justin Desmangles, and Daniel Clowes present films that inspire them.

  • Limited Engagements & Special Screenings 2017


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

  • In Focus: Hollywood Outsiders

    Lecture/Screening Series

    January 18–March 1, 2017

    A seven-week lecture/screening course with film historian David Thomson focusing on Hollywood directors who were at odds with the studio system. Special admission applies.

  • On Dangerous Ground: The Cinema of Nicholas Ray

    January 19–February 25, 2017
  • Movie Matinees for All Ages 2017


    Treat the family to a Saturday afternoon at the movies.

  • Not Reconciled: The Cinema of Straub & Huillet

    January 26–May 14, 2017

    The duo of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet created one of the most uncompromising, yet eternally surprising, filmmaking aesthetics in postwar European cinema. Discover the films that inspired Harun Farocki, Pedro Costa, John Gianvito, and others.

  • Paz Encina: Exercises in Memory

    February 1–9, 2017

    Four evenings with Paraguayan artist, filmmaker, and humanist Paz Encina, who is the UC Regents’ Lecturer of 2017.

  • Hippie Modernism: Cinema and Counterculture, 1964–1974

    February 7–May 20, 2017

    Films that actively participated in emerging counterculture movements of the 1960s and 1970s, presented in conjunction with the exhibiton Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia.

  • Other Minds Festival at BAMPFA

    February 19, 2017

    Biographical films of composers Lou Harrison (1917–2003) and Isang Yun (1917–1995).