On View

film series
event series

  • Afterimage: Sergei Loznitsa

    February 22–24, 2017

    Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa joins us to present and discuss his work, including the award-winning Maidan and his latest, Austerlitz.

  • Grace and Perfection: The Films of Robert Bresson

    March 3–April 1, 2017

    A near-complete restrospective of the French director's austere yet compassionate work.

  • In Focus: Robert Bresson

    March 8–22, 2017

    Film scholar Jeffrey Skoller offers insights into three of Bresson's films in this lecture/screening series.

  • African Film Festival 2017

    March 9–April 28, 2017

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

  • Cinema Mon Amour: Sharon Lockhart

    March 15–17, 2017

    The artist presents her contemplative, collaborative works in addition to films by Jean Eustache and Raymond Depardon.

  • 60th San Francisco International Film Festival at BAMPFA

    April 6–16, 2017

    BAMPFA is proud to be the East Bay venue for this global showcase of cinematic discovery.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Summer Repertory, BAMPFA Style

    June 6–August 27, 2017

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    A Free Outdoor Festival of Theater on Film

    July 29 & August 19, 2017

    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! 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Alternative Visions 2017

    September 20–December 3, 2017

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.