Brought to Light: Recent Acquisitions to the PFA Collection

5/29/10 to 6/23/10

We celebrate the breadth and richness of PFA's film and video holdings with an eclectic selection of recent acquisitions.

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  • Le bonheur, June 10

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  • Forest of Bliss

    • Wednesday, June 23 7:00 pm

    Robert Gardner (U.S., 1985). Co-presented by 3rd i Films. Ethnographic filmmaker Gardner offers a mesmerizingly beautiful portrayal of Benares, India, where daily life is permeated by the rituals of death. (90 mins)

  • Payday

    • Saturday, June 19 9:15 pm

    Daryl Duke (U.S., 1972). Rip Torn gives the performance of a lifetime as a country singer on tour through the South, and on the road to ruin. (102 mins)

  • The Host

    • Friday, June 18 9:15 pm

    Bong Joon-ho (South Korea, 2006). “A horror thriller, a political satire, a dysfunctional family comedy, and a touching melodrama, The Host is also one helluva monster movie.”-Chicago Sun-Times (119 mins)

  • The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

    • Saturday, June 12 5:00 pm

    Judy Irving (U.S., 2005). Judy Irving and Mark Bittner in person. Irving's very San Franciscan story of a once-homeless man and the birds he befriended “seduces you with its easy rhythm and unexpected dramatic potency . . . beguiling, moving, and just plain fun.”-Baltimore Sun (83 mins)

  • Le bonheur

    • Thursday, June 10 7:00 pm

    Agnès Varda (France, 1965). Varda's strikingly colorful, lyrical film examines a love triangle within a circular structure. (85 mins)

  • La Pointe Courte

    • Sunday, June 6 5:00 pm

    Agnès Varda (France, 1954). Made on a shoestring budget in a small fishing village, Varda's first feature helped usher in the French New Wave. (90 mins)

  • Lola Montez

    • Saturday, June 5 8:00 pm

    Max Ophuls (France/Germany, 1955). In Max Ophuls's audacious final film, a life of passion becomes the stuff of carnival. “The ultimate cinephilic object: a color-and-CinemaScope dream.”-Boston Phoenix (116 mins)

  • Aventurera

    • Thursday, June 3 7:00 pm

    Alberto Gout (Mexico, 1949). Cuban-born rumba queen Ninón Sevilla stars in an irresistible fusion of pulsating musical and noirish melodrama. “Breathlessly paced and acted with nostrils in full flare, Aventurera is as entertaining as it is shamelessly excessive.”-N.Y. Times (99 mins)

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    • Sunday, May 30 5:00 pm

    Hayao Miyazaki (Japan, 1984). A new print of an animated classic, with all the hallmarks of Miyazaki: a resourceful heroine, spectacular aerial scenes, and strong environmental themes. (116 mins)

  • Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

    • Sunday, May 30 7:15 pm

    Alex Gibney (U.S., 2005). This Oscar-nominated film chronicles the rise and spectacular fall of a corporate giant, and the government policies that made disaster possible. “A chilling, completely fascinating documentary that reveals the face of unregulated greed.”-L.A. Times (113 mins)

  • The Valiant Ones

    • Saturday, May 29 8:50 pm

    King Hu (Hong Kong, 1975). A righteous husband-and-wife swordfighting duo is called to protect China from the machinations of Japanese pirates and corrupt officials in Hu's masterly work, presented in a new print. (92 mins)