On View

film series
event series

  • Jean Epstein

    March 4–April 10, 2016

    Revolutionary cinema from French director Jean Epstein (1897–1953), including his poetic adaptation of The Fall of the House of Usher.

  • The Cinematic Landscapes of Nuri Bilge Ceylan

    March 24–April 17, 2016

    Discover the complex and subtle films of Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan, "one of the most important auteurs working today" (NY Times), including his latest, the Palme d'Or recipient Winter Sleep.

  • Committed Cinema: Charles Ferguson

    March 30–April 4, 2016

    Three powerful documentaries from Charles Ferguson, including his latest, about climate change.

  • In Focus: Japanese Film Classics

    April 6–May 11, 2016

    In this lecture/screening series, experts guide us in an exploration of key works of Japanese cinema.

  • Isaac Julien

    April 20–21, 2016

    Isaac Julien, a central figure in British visual culture and queer independent cinema, presents his boundary-pushing work over two evenings. 

  • 59th San Francisco International Film Festival at BAMPFA

    April 22–May 5, 2016

    BAMPFA is the exclusive East Bay venue for the San Francisco International Film Festival, an annual showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation.

  • The Films of Seijun Suzuki

    May 7–June 30, 2016

    In films ranging from B-movie potboilers to beguiling metaphysical mysteries, Seijun Suzuki's audaciously experimental approach has gained him a cult following both in Japan and abroad.

  • Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road

    May 13–July 30 2016

    A retrospective featuring recently restored films by Wim Wenders, "a must-see for cinephiles of all stripes” (Rodrigo Perez, Indiewire).

  • UCLA Festival of Preservation 2016

    May 15–June 26, 2016

    This traveling showcase is a grab bag of genres spanning six decades of American cinema, from comedy to melodrama to war film to Western.

  • Early Music Film Festival

    May 26-June 15, 2016

    BAMPFA partners with the Berkeley Festival to celebrate Baroque music with concerts and films. 

  • Auteur, Author: Film & Literature 2016

    June 1–5, 2016

    Presented in collaboration with the Bay Area Book Festival, this series celebrates the dialogue between film and books and includes many literary luminaries in person.

  • Guided Tour: Museums in Cinema

    July 6–August 31, 2016

    Fiction, nonfiction, and experimental films encourage us to contemplate and debate the role of museums in contemporary society.

  • Vienna and the Movies

    July 7–October 9, 2016

    The influence of Vienna—an essential cockpit of modernism—on cinema. Includes films by Fritz Lang, Ernst Lubitsch, Max Ophuls, Josef von Sternberg, Billy Wilder, and more. 

  • Cinema Mon Amour

    August 11–17, 2016

    Local luminaries Tiffany Shlain, Vijay Anderson, and Gary Meyer present films that have inspired them.

  • David Lynch: The Man from Another Place

    August 19–21, 2016

    Dennis Lim takes us on a five-program exploration of “the Lynchian," the world of abysmal terror, piercing beauty, and convulsive sorrow created by filmmaker David Lynch.

  • Limited Engagements & Special Screenings 2016

    Fall 2016

    La Notte, Ixcanul, Elevator to the Gallows, and Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil

  • 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

    September 30-October 2, 2016

    Unparalleled Access

    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

    October 12–15, 2016

    Filmmakers and Critics in Conversation

    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