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  • Performances 2020

    Ongoing

    Music, dance, and other creative actions bring the BAMPFA space to life.

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  • Next Door to Darkness: The Films of David Lynch

    January 10–February 29, 2020

    A retrospective of David Lynch’s big-screen work—a journey into a universe both banal and bizarre, incomparably strange and unsettlingly familiar.

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  • Fritz Lang’s Indian Epic

    January 11 and 25, 2020

    Lang’s late-period two-part epic is a fantasia of flamboyant set pieces and exotic colors shown off to full effect in this recent restoration.

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  • Brave Warriors and Fantastic Tales: The World According to Yoshitoshi

    January 15–July 19, 2020

    Legendary warriors and fantastical creatures come to life in the daring prints of Taiso Yoshitoshi, one of the last great ukiyo-e artists of Meiji Japan.

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  • Arts + Design Thursdays @ BAMPFA: Public Art and Belonging

    January 23–April 23, 2020

    This noon lecture series explores relationships between art and belonging, with a focus on race.

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  • In Focus: Federico Fellini

    January 29–April 1, 2020

    Lecture/Screening Series

    Explore Federico Fellini’s work in depth with this lecture/screening series complementing our Fellini retrospective.

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  • Documentary Voices

    February 5–April 29, 2020

    Our annual series showcases an international array of recent and historical nonfiction films.

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  • Art for Human Rights: Peace Now!

    February 26–August 30, 2020

    A selection of protest posters made in Berkeley in the sixties and seventies offers a chance to reflect on an era when Americans were at war with one another while waging war abroad.

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  • African Film Festival 2020

    March 4–May 8, 2020

    This year’s edition of the African Film Festival welcomes new voices and veteran filmmakers from both the African continent and the diaspora, spotlighting stories, communities, and struggles rarely seen in Western cinema.

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  • Francis Ford Coppola and 50 Years of American Zoetrope

    Starting March 5, 2020

    Fifty years after the founding of American Zoetrope, we celebrate the studio and its co-creator, Francis Ford Coppola. Along with Coppola’s works, the series features films by George Lucas, Jean-Luc Godard, Akira Kurosawa, and more.

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  • Afterimage: Souleymane Cissé

    March 12–15, 2020

    BAMPFA is honored to host one of the giants of African cinema, Malian filmmaker Souleymane Cissé, who presents three of his films and is joined in conversation by Nigerian writer and scholar Akin Adesokan.

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  • GLAS Animation Festival at BAMPFA 2020

    March 20–22, 2020

    BAMPFA welcomes filmmakers Pia Borg and Caroline Leaf and hosts a special lecture by Simón Wilches-Castro on Latin American animation, all part of the fifth annual GLAS Animation Festival.

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  • The Cinema of the Absurd: Eastern European Film 1960–1989

    March 26–May 15, 2020

    A series of stark, scathing, and playful films from the former socialist republics of Eastern Europe, where absurdity was a fact of life under authoritarian rule—and a source of cinematic creativity.

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  • Pina Bausch on Screen

    April 22–May 9, 2020

    In conjunction with a Cal Performances appearance by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, we feature films about, by, and influenced by Bausch, whose work transformed the visual and emotional vocabulary of dance.

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  • Streaming Spotlight: Three Films by István Szabó

    Now available for streaming, three award-winning, recently restored films by Hungarian master István Szabó: Confidence, Mephisto, and Colonel Redl, parables of life under political oppression and individual morality in the face of momentous events.

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  • Streaming Spotlight: Patricio Guzmán’s Chile Trilogy

    In Nostalgia for the Light, The Pearl Button, and The Cordillera of Dreams, Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán explores his country’s traumatic history through cinematic meditations on landscape, geography, and time.

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  • Streaming Spotlight: Romanian Cinema

    A four-film sampler of twenty-first-century Romanian cinema: Cristi Puiu’s slacker thriller Stuff and Dough, Radu Muntean’s chronicle of revolutionary chaos The Paper Will Be Blue, Alexandru Solomon’s sardonic meta-movie The Great Communist Bank Robbery, and Lucian Pintilie’s... View

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