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  • Afterimage: Leonard Retel Helmrich's Trilogy

    4/20/13 to 4/23/13

    Over the course of three remarkable films, each of which stands on its own, Leonard Retel Helmrich has turned his camera on one working-class Indonesian family, creating a chronicle of everyday life that spans both the personal and the political, the intimate and the communal.... View

  • 56th San Francisco International Film Festival

    4/26/13 to 5/9/13

    BAM/PFA is honored to be the exclusive East Bay venue for the San Francisco International Film Festival. We are pleased to present a stellar selection of features, documentaries, and shorts from around the world, as well as a host of filmmakers and other special guests in person.... View

  • Film and Video Makers at Cal

    5/10/13

    Film and video by UC Berkeley students, including the winners of the Eisner Prize, the campus's highest award for creativity.

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  • Dancing with Light: The Cinematography of Agnès Godard

    6/13/13 to 6/28/13

    The great French cinematographer Agnès Godard spends four evenings at the PFA Theater this June, introducing films and presenting a Behind the Scenes lecture on her art. Godard's award-winning work with directors such as Wim Wenders, Agnès Varda, Ursula Meier, and... View

  • Castles in the Sky: Masterful Anime from Studio Ghibli

    6/16/13 to 8/25/13

    Studio Ghibli's stunning films-marked by exquisite artistry, emotionally resonant themes, and absolutely memorable flights of fantasy-have forever altered the animated feature. This series showcases the full range of the Japanese studio's output, from films for the youngest... View

  • A Theater Near You

    6/19/13 to 7/6/13

    Our Theater Near You summer roundup includes digital restorations of Volker Schlöndorff's The Tin Drum (1979), Luis Buñuel's Tristana (1970), and Marcel Carné's Port of Shadows (1938); sci-fi classics The Man Who Fell to Earth (Nicolas Roeg, 1976) and Kuroneko (Kaneto... View

  • From the Archive: Treasures of Eastern European and Soviet Cinema

    6/21/13 to 7/20/13

    As a tribute to the late George Gund III, who passed away in January, we showcase a selection of 35mm films that he donated to BAM/PFA over the years. These works, from Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and the Soviet Union, honor Gund's passion for Eastern European cinema and his great... View

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

    6/27/13 to 6/29/13

    Sam Pollard, who for the last forty years has been editing, producing, and directing key films about the African American experience, takes us behind-the-scenes of the art and craft of editing. Pollard discusses his craft in an illustrated talk followed by a screening of Half Past... View

  • A Call to Action: The Films of Raoul Walsh

    7/5/13 to 8/10/13

    Raoul Walsh (1887–1980) was a director's director, an inspired pro with an unbridled desire to just make movies. And make them he did-nearly one hundred features and shorts between 1913 and 1964. Our fourteen-film retrospective includes selections of Walsh's Westerns (The Big... View

  • Dark Nights: Simenon and Cinema

    7/11/13 to 8/29/13

    A dozen films based on Georges Simenon's mysteries, thrillers, and melodramas are the perfect companions for your summer vacation. His Inspector Maigret has investigated hundreds of crimes, less obsessed by chasing clues than motivated by Simenon's own motto, “to understand... View

  • Tales of Love: The Enchanted World of Jacques Demy

    7/25/13 to 8/31/13

    This summer, we are delighted to showcase the films of Jacques Demy (1931–1990), one of the most gifted filmmakers to emerge during the French New Wave. Masterfully choreographed camera movements, a penchant for colorful decorative elegance, and a starring role for music (often by... View

  • The Hitchcock 9: Rare Silents Restored

    8/16/13 to 8/31/13

    We are pleased to bring to the East Bay all nine of Hitchcock's surviving silents, which are touring the U.S. after being digitally restored in the largest project ever undertaken by the British Film Institute. These restorations reveal not only cleaner, crisper images but recover... View

  • Yang Fudong's Cinematic Influences

    8/22/13 to 10/6/13

    A companion to Yang Fudong: Estranged Paradise, Works 1993–2013, the midcareer survey presented in the BAM/PFA galleries, this film series-co-curated by the artist himself-showcases some of the major cinematic influences on his work, ranging from the decadent aura and black-and-... View

  • Free Outdoor Screening in the BAM/PFA Sculpture Garden

    8/28/13

    Bring a blanket to the BAM/PFA sculpture garden for a free outdoor screening of The Troublemaker, a finger-snappin' exposé of a bumpkin opening a coffeehouse in Greenwich Village, preceded by a special beat poetry reading by Adam Sussman and other swingin' surprises.

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  • Alternative Visions

    9/4/13 to 11/20/13

    This year, our annual series highlighting experimental cinema includes recent animation, new videos by Bay Area film students, and in-person appearances by filmmakers Nancy Andrews, Phil Solomon, Abigail Child, Susana de Sousa Dias, and Lynne Sachs.

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  • The Man Who Wasn't There: Wendell Corey, Actor

    9/6/13 to 10/5/13

    We commemorate the work of actor Wendell Corey (1914–1968), known mostly for his key supporting roles, with ten films that showcase his range, including The Furies (with Barbara Stanwyck), The Rainmaker (with Burt Lancaster and Katharine Hepburn), Harriet Craig (with Joan Crawford... View

  • Dark Matters: The Films of William Friedkin

    9/12/13 to 9/21/13

    This series honors the work of director William Friedkin, who from the late sixties to the present has delved into the dark matter that dwells in the human soul with films such as The Exorcist, Sorcerer, The French Connection, To Live and Die in L.A., and Killer Joe. On the... View

  • Pier Paolo Pasolini

    9/20/13 to 10/31/13

    A brilliant artist who was at the center of the intellectual life of postwar Europe, controversial and influential Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922–1975) took inspiration from many sources: Renaissance painting, Romanticism, Freudian psychology, Italian neorealism,... View

  • Committed Cinema: John Gianvito and Paul Chan

    9/24/13 to 10/23/13

    We open our new ongoing series Committed Cinema with John Gianvito and Paul Chan, filmmakers whose works arise out of political conviction and aesthetic innovation to explore vital and urgent issues of our times.

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  • Endless Summer Cinema

    9/27/13 to 10/4/13

    FREE outdoor movies on the Crescent lawn! Join us across the street from our future home in downtown Berkeley for free films under the stars.

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  • Love Is Colder Than Death: The Cinema of Rainer Werner Fassbinder

    10/4/13 to 12/15/13

    Seemingly overnight, Fassbinder (1945–1982) went from enfant terrible to the driving force behind the New German Cinema, and became one of the most influential artists of the postwar European scene. This major retrospective offers Bay Area filmgoers a chance to get to know-or... View

  • Moumen Smihi: Poet of Tangier

    10/10/13 to 10/27/13

    We are delighted to host Moumen Smihi, one of the key figures of Moroccan and North African cinema, who presents his remarkable films and discusses his work with critic/scholar Peter Limbrick. Smihi's films mirror the cultural and intellectual potpourri of Tangier, the atmospheric... View

  • Fassbinder's Favorites

    11/1/13 to 12/14/13

    This sidebar to our Fassbinder retrospective offers a taste of the director's favorites, crammed full of all the fantastic things that make life worth living, ranging from the Hollywood melodramas and genre films that he adored to French masterpieces from Jean-Luc Godard and... View

  • Afterimage: Agnès Varda on Filmmaking

    11/4/13 to 11/22/13

    Legendary French filmmaker Agnès Varda joins us from Paris to present her 2000 documentary The Gleaners and I, one of her most powerful and popular films, as well as three short films, two of which Varda made while visiting the Bay Area in the late 1960s. The series also... View

  • Special Screening: Northern Lights

    11/7/13

    We are pleased to welcome independent film director Rob Nilsson back to BAM/PFA to present the West Coast premiere of the 35mm restoration of his highly acclaimed first film (codirected with John Hanson), Northern Lights, which won the Caméra d'or at Cannes in 1979.

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  • Beauty and Sacrifice: Images of Women in Chinese Cinema

    11/8/13 to 12/8/13

    As a companion series to the exhibition Beauty Revealed: Images of Women in Qing Dynasty Chinese Painting, we present a small selection of Chinese films that portray women, their desires, and their sacrifices. Two of the films, from the 1930s, feature the legendary actress Ruan... View

  • Arrested History: New Portuguese Cinema

    11/13/13 to 11/17/13

    Recent Portuguese filmmakers, including Susana de Sousa Dias, Miguel Gomes, Salomé Lamas, and João Pedro Rodrigues, investigate Portugal's past and present with intelligence and imagination in films that often straddle fiction and documentary forms. De Sousa Dias and... View

  • Behind the Scenes: The Art and Craft of Cinema with Randy Thom, Sound...

    11/21/13 to 11/24/13

    Academy Award–winner Randy Thom, lead designer at Skywalker Sound, takes us behind-the scenes of sound design with a presentation focusing on David Lynch's Wild at Heart. He also introduces Dennis Hopper's Colors and Brad Bird's The Incredibles, which won Thom one of his Oscars... View

  • The Resolution Starts Now: 4K Restorations from Sony Pictures

    12/1/13 to 12/15/13

    This nine-film series airs some of the complex issues raised by the ouster of analog while presenting laudable examples of recent digital restorations from Sony Pictures, including such classics as Lawrence of Arabia and Taxi Driver. Grover Crisp, senior vice president of asset... View

  • Frederick Wiseman Presents At Berkeley

    12/3/13

    In a special screening exclusively for UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students, renowned filmmaker Wiseman presents his epic At Berkeley, a four-hour-plus documentary that reveals not only the state of higher education today, but also the state of America's middle class.

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  • Funny Ha-Ha: American Comedy, 1930–1959

    1/16/14 to 2/22/14

    Join fellow filmgoers in the collective catharsis that is comedy. Part one of a three-part series, Funny Ha-Ha charts the triumphant chortles of American comedy from the 1930s through the 1950s and includes classics such as Duck Soup, It Happened One Night, Adam's Rib, and Some... View

  • The Brilliance of Satyajit Ray

    1/17/14 to 8/31/14

    Before the “international art house circuit,” before “Third World Film,” before “slow cinema” and “rural realism,” there was Satyajit Ray, one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time. Discover-or rediscover-this legend of cinema with our expansive series,... View

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