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  • Documentary Voices 2018

    January 17–April 18, 2018

    Our annual documentary series spotlights politically engaged works ranging from Colombia to Portugal to the Canadian North.

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  • Reverse Angle: Cinema Looks at Itself

    January 20–April 1, 2018

    This rich array of fiction, nonfiction, and experimental works interrogates film as a medium and asks what cinema’s social and cultural role is or could be.

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  • Bergman 100: A Tribute to Liv Ullmann

    February 1–24, 2018

    We begin a yearlong centennial celebration of the great director Ingmar Bergman with a visit from one of his closest collaborators, actress Liv Ullmann.

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  • Sergei Eisenstein: Films That Shook the World

    February 9–April 21, 2018

    This major retrospective celebrates one of cinema’s most pioneering and influential figures, whose theory of montage shaped the way films are made and understood.

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  • Documenting Vietnam

    February 28–April 29, 2018

    Self-Portraits of America at War

    Powerful and innovative documentaries reveal the impact of the Vietnam War on the way Americans perceived themselves.

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  • Bergman 100: The Silence of God

    March 1–May 9, 2018

    This installment in our yearlong tribute to Ingmar Bergman focuses on his metaphysical investigations, as well as his collaboration with actor Max von Sydow.

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  • African Film Festival 2018

    March 8–May 6, 2018

    This annual festival showcases the best of African cinema and films from the diaspora.

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  • Bergman 100: The Early Years

    March 16–May 6, 2018

    Salon Screenings in Theater 2

    Screenings in Theater 2 invite you to enjoy Ingmar Bergman’s early works in an intimate, salon-style setting.

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  • The Anxiety of Identity: The Films of Lucrecia Martel

    April 20–May 10, 2018

    The Argentine director pays a visit to BAMPFA for this retrospective of her atmospheric, compelling films.

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  • Auteur, Author: Films and Literature 2018

    April 25–29, 2018

    Presented in Collaboration with the Bay Area Book Festival

    BAMPFA partners with the Bay Area Book Festival to present films that celebrate, adapt, or creatively reinterpret the written word and its practitioners.

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  • R. W. Fassbinder’s Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day

    May 11–13, 2018

    Bay Area Premiere of Digital Restoration

    Fassbinder’s long-unseen television miniseries is “a brilliantly layered chamber drama about an eccentric family and their economic and cultural environment” (Film Comment).

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  • Bergman 100: A Summer Interlude

    June 1–July 15, 2018

    Our yearlong celebration of Ingmar Bergman’s cinema continues this summer, showcasing films that launched his international reputation in the 1950s.

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  • Early Music on Film 2018

    June 2–16, 2018

    In conjunction with the Berkeley Festival, this series features live musical performances along with films meant to be heard, not just seen.

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  • The Luminous Legacy of Greta Garbo

    June 7–July 13, 2018

    Bask in the radiance of one of cinema’s greatest stars with this big-screen celebration of Garbo’s subtle skill and timeless allure.

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  • Sunday Summer Cinema: Dancing in the Streets

    June 10–October 14, 2018

    This series of family-friendly dance films on our outdoor LED screen will have you moving and grooving all summer!

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  • Michelangelo Antonioni

    June 15–August 31, 2018

    This comprehensive retrospective is a rare chance to explore the full range of an Italian modernist master’s formally dazzling work.

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  • Aki Kaurismäki: Films from the Other Side of Hope

    July 6–August 5, 2018

    Pay a visit to Kaurismäki’s unique cinematic universe, where melodrama meets minimalism and bitter reality is tempered with deadpan comedy.

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  • Jacques Becker

    July 12–August 31, 2018

    From hardboiled crime sagas to breezy portraits of postwar Parisian life, the films of this classic French director are ripe for rediscovery.

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  • Bergman 100: An Emerging Style

    July 20–August 19, 2018

    Salon Screenings in Theater 2

    Enjoy rarely screened works by Ingmar Bergman in an intimate, salon-style setting.

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  • Subtle Subversion: The Films of Alain Tanner

    July 26–August 19, 2018

    Championing dreamers and dropouts, political radicals and disaffected youth, Tanner’s films from the late 1960s to the early 1980s feel just as urgent today.

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  • Andrei Tarkovsky: Sculpting in Time

    August 4–30, 2018

    A tribute to the revered Russian director whose visionary films infuse images of the world with metaphysical mystery.

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  • Bergman 100: Discoveries & Rarities

    September 1–November 4, 2018

    This installment in our yearlong centennial tribute to Ingmar Bergman highlights diverse facets of his remarkable cinematic output, from his documentaries about the island of Fårö to his international productions of the 1970s.

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  • Between Politics and Poetry: Makhmalbaf Film House

    September 1–October 20, 2018

    This series focuses on Iran’s Makhmalbaf family of filmmakers—Mohsen; his wife, Marziyeh Meshkini; and their daughters Samira and Hana—whose works offer thoughtful portraits of life on the margins, whether in Tehran, Tajikistan, Kurdistan, or post-Taliban Afghanistan.

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  • Frederick Wiseman: On Documentary

    September 13–October 12, 2018

    BAMPFA is honored by a visit from Wiseman, whose incisive, wide-ranging explorations of complex institutions have set a standard for nonfiction filmmaking.

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  • Chinese Cinema Classics: Screen Idols and Stardom Reexamined

    October 5–14, 2018

    Critic, collector, and Chinese film expert Paul Fonoroff is our guest for this series of films featuring some of pre-World War II China’s greatest screen stars.

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  • First-Person Cinema: Marie Menken, Margaret Tait, and Ute Aurand

    October 17–21, 2018

    German film artist Ute Aurand joins us to present her lyrical works alongside shorts by American underground filmmaker Marie Menken and Scottish film poet Margaret Tait.

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  • Afterimage: Agnieszka Holland

    October 25–28, 2018

    Born in Poland, educated in Prague, and active internationally, the illustrious director for film and television joins us to discuss her work.

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  • Afterimage: Corneliu Porumboiu

    November 8–16, 2018

    The Romanian filmmaker who has been called “one of our great contemporary observers of the human comedy” (Variety) visits BAMPFA to present and discuss his work.

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