Jacques Rivette: La religieuse
War and Peace
Petzold’s tale of displaced people in fascist-occupied France transposes a 1940s novel to today’s Marseille. “Moody, beguiling, and formally bold. . . . Turns history into an existential maze” (New York Times). “Like a remake of Casablanca as written by Kafka” (IndieWire).View Details
In Part III of War and Peace, the emphasis is on the war: it is 1812 and Napoleon’s armies are crossing into Russia. Pierre visits the battlefield as a casual observer and finds himself in the midst of chaos, while Andrei rediscovers his love of life through a brush with death.View Details
The final installment in the four-part epic opens as the Russian army retreats, leaving Moscow in flames; it closes as the city rebuilds, and life and love begin again.View Details
Bay Area Premiere of Full-Length Digital Restoration
Gian Maria Volonté portrays leftist writer Carlo Levi, banished by the Italian fascist government to a profoundly isolated mountain village. “An absorbing and sometimes stunningly beautiful movie with an impressive sense of historical detail and social insight” (Christian Science Monitor).View Details
Anna Karina plays a young woman forced to become a nun in Rivette’s notorious adaptation of Diderot’s novel. A work of “brilliant filmmaking and impassioned restraint . . . as sumptuous in its color photography as it is austere in its mise-en-scène” (New York Times).View Details
East Bay Premiere
Acclaimed director Jafar Panahi plays himself in this captivating road movie, “a gently provocative meditation on the role of creative souls in modern-day Iran” (Time Out).
Anna Karina plays a young woman forced to become a nun in Rivette’s notorious adaptation of Diderot’s novel. A work of “brilliant filmmaking and impassioned restraint . . . as sumptuous in its color photography as it is austere in its mise-en-scène” (New York Times).
In the second part of Bondarchuk’s epic adaptation, young Natasha becomes engaged to military man Andrei, but his protracted absence leaves her vulnerable.
Sergei Bondarchuk’s Academy Award–winning adaptation of Tolstoy’s revered novel, following good-hearted Pierre, battle-scarred Andrei, and tempestuous Natasha through the tumult of the Napoleonic Wars, was hailed by Roger Ebert as “the definitive epic of all time”; it demands to be seen on the big screen.
In Part III of War and Peace, the emphasis is on the war: it is 1812 and Napoleon’s armies are crossing into Russia. Pierre visits the battlefield as a casual observer and finds himself in the midst of chaos, while Andrei rediscovers his love of life through a brush with death.
The final installment in the four-part epic opens as the Russian army retreats, leaving Moscow in flames; it closes as the city rebuilds, and life and love begin again.
Film to Table dinner follows the May 11 screening
A warm and ribald comedy based on the idea that food is the life of a community. Orson Welles once called The Baker's Wife “a perfect movie,” and star Raimu “the greatest actor of the cinema.”
BAMPFA Student Committee Pick
The student filmmakers join us for a screening of this year’s prizewinners and honorable mentions in the film and video category of the Eisner Prize competition, UC Berkeley’s highest award for creative media making.
Presented in partnership with San Francisco Silent Film Festival
The director of the Cineteca di Bologna presents an enthralling collection of silent travelogues from Italy. The early twentieth-century grand tour wends from Sicily through Amalfi, Rome, Bologna, and Milan before ending in Venice.
“No matter where you turn, fate sticks out a foot to trip you”: this lean, mean little movie sums up the film noir philosophy. “Detour isn’t just a masterpiece, it’s . . . a jagged chunk of the American psyche” (Village Voice).
Join the BAMPFA Student Committee for their annual festival showcasing short films made by students in Berkeley and the wider Bay Area.
A series of extraordinarily revealing domestic details forms a portrait of middle-class marriage, domestic tension, and reconciliation. One of Ozu’s less screened works, recently digitally restored.
New Digital Restoration
Film to Table dinner follows the March 9 screening
Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, this colorful documentary glimpse of the seventy-five-year-old Picasso captures the fecund nature of his creative process. “One of the most exciting and joyful movies ever made” (Pauline Kael).
Austrian pianist Karl Ulrich Schnabel was also an experimental filmmaker, and this rediscovered film displays a surprising aesthetic affinity with the psychodramas of avant-garde filmmakers like Maya Deren, Kenneth Anger, and Stan Brakhage.
Film to Table dinner follows the February 16 screening
The eternal Frederick Wiseman trains his camera on small-town America in the age of Trump, observing the citizens of Monrovia, Indiana, after the 2016 national election.
This poignant documentary spotlights one of the greatest photographic chroniclers of Cold War–era America, mingling Winogrand’s images with archival materials and musings from eminent curators, photographers, and friends.
The newest essay film by Jean-Luc Godard is “a kaleidoscopic bulletin on the state of our world” (Variety). Winner of the first Special Palme d’Or award in the history of the Cannes Film Festival.
An intriguing overview of Egypt’s political history in the modern age, Nasser’s Republic examines the transformative influence of the country’s second president, Gamal Abdel Nasser, on the Arab world.
A waitress finds herself pregnant and out of options in Lupino’s dissection of small-town values and women’s choices (or lack of them), made with “a startling blend of compassion and invention” (New Yorker).
Glawogger’s documentary starts from a global question—Is hard manual labor a thing of the past?—and finds the unflinching answer in portraits of grueling and dangerous professions in Ukraine, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and China.
Glawogger takes us deep into the megacities of Mexico City, Bombay, Moscow, and New York, telling stories of people struggling at the bottom of the urban food chain.
Film to Table dinner follows the January 12 screening
De Sica’s tale of a father and son searching the streets of Rome for their stolen bicycle is a masterwork of Italian neorealism, “an allegory at once timeless and topical” (Village Voice).