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.
O Amor Natural
Welcome To This House, a film on Elizabeth Bishop
The Age of Czeslaw Milosz
Nelson Algren Live
The Black Stallion
Introduced by Walter Murch
Showing here for the first time, the only film by Italian author Curzio Malaparte is a visually stunning, morally trenchant entry in the neorealist genre.
Introduced by Dana Spiotta
Literary intrigue and narrative layers make this tour through W. G. Sebald’s last novel “a very Sebaldien film . . . a worthy homage to a modern literary giant” (Hollywood Reporter).
BAMPFA Student Committee Pick!
Justin Desmangles, devorah major, & Al Young in Conversation
From Billy Woodberry comes a lively and affecting look at the life of the black Beat poet Bob Kaufman, richly set to archival footage and “Kaufman’s jazz-inspired, enduringly quicksilver work” (Hollywood Reporter). Copresented by City Lights Bookstore.
Introduced by Katrina Dodson & Idra Novey
David Peoples, Siciliana Trevino in Person
On a Rio beach, seniors recite the erotic poetry of Carlos Drummond to show “we’re old—we’re not dead!” “An idiosyncratic homage to Brazil’s most beloved poet. A lovely film!” (Village Voice). With short New Mo Cut: David Peoples' Lost Film of Moe's Books.
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Recommended for ages 7 & up
Carroll Ballard in Person
The Walter Farley story about a boy's friendship with a magnificent Arabian horse becomes a visual fantasy, from the opening shipwreck, to lyric scenes on a desert island, to the exciting racing championship.
Oscar Bucher, Barry Gifford, Dan Simon, & Philip Kaufman in Person
A fabulous introduction for a new generation to this hippest of Chicago writers from the forties and fifties. Barry Gifford, Don DeLillo, actor Willem Defoe, and others pay tribute at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater.
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Leonard Gardner and David Thomson in Conversation
Leonard Gardner wrote the screenplay for this adaptation of his novel about small-time boxing in Stockton; John Huston made it a screen masterpiece, “authentic, utterly convincing, compassionate" (Michael Ondaatje).
Introduced by Katrina Dodson
Acclaimed filmmaker Barbara Hammer penetrates the life of the poet Elizabeth Bishop through the places she loved in this new documentary. With short Starfish Aorta Colossus, a poem by Paolo Javier.
Introduced by Jonathan Lethem
Turkey’s Nobel laureate wrote a (fictional) narration for this exploration of his Museum of Innocence in Istanbul. “A mesmerizing, original meditation on love and the city” (The Guardian).
Introduced by Robert Hass, Mark Danner, & Anthony Milosz
A sweeping look at the Nobel Prize–winning poet’s tumultuous century, made intimate by his own exquisitely worded memories. Milosz, who taught at Berkeley, said that true poetry is “the passionate pursuit of the Real.”