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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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  • In Focus: Eisenstein and His Contemporaries

    January 17–May 2, 2018

    Lecture/Screening Series

    Explore the work of celebrated Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein in the context of his times with screenings and lectures by Eisenstein expert Anne Nesbet.

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  • Movie Matinees for All Ages

    Ongoing

    Treat the family to a Saturday afternoon at the movies.

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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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  • In Focus: Ingmar Bergman

    August 29–November 28, 2018

    Lecture/Screening Series

    Explore Ingmar Bergman’s work in depth with this series featuring an expert lecture and discussion at each screening.

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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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  • Alternative Visions 2018

    September 5–November 28, 2018

    This expansive season of our avant-garde showcase extends from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present, with many filmmakers and other luminaries in person.

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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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  • Luchino Visconti: Cinema of Struggle and Splendor

    September 14–November 30, 2018

    A retrospective of a key artist of the Italian cinema, who combined the profound humanism of neorealism with the drama, beauty, and epic sweep of opera to create films rich in resonance and throbbing with life.

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  • Mark Morris Presents: In the Age of Pepperland

    September 28–November 25, 2018

    Choreographer Mark Morris selects a series of films that reflect the irrepressible creativity of the late sixties and inspired his dance work Pepperland.

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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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