2001: A Space Odyssey
The Third Murder
Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat
The Price of Everything
Olmi’s humane, funny, and heartbreaking portrait of a young man embarking on his first job in Milan captures the alienation and regimentation of the working world.
Film to Table dinner follows the December 8 screening
Jack Lemmon, Fred MacMurray, and Shirley MacLaine in a riotously acidic tale of sex and corporate success. This winner of Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Art Direction is “an American classic” (New York Times).
Featuring an impressive cast of art world characters, including artists Jeff Koons and Gerhard Richter, this documentary is a lively exploration of the uneasy but inextricable relationship between art and money.
35mm Archival Print
Edmund Goulding’s masterpiece of set design and art direction tracks the denizens of Berlin’s Grand Hotel before the rise of fascism. The all-star cast includes Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, and John Barrymore.
A small-town party thrown by the local fire brigade soon goes up in flames in Forman’s takedown of bureaucracies big and small. Both sweet-natured and biting enough to worry Czech authorities, this satire is also “a tragicomedy of old age” (Raymond Durgnat).
Found footage, home movies, and contemporary interviews chronicle the artistic emergence of Jean-Michel Basquiat, who used New York City as both a canvas and a stage. “A treasure” (Hollywood Reporter).
Olmi won the Cannes Palme d’Or with this intimate epic of life, love, and work among three peasant families in turn-of-the-century Italy, a film of majesty made from minutiae. “A fully articulated work of cinematic art” (Andrew Sarris).
50th Anniversary Rerelease
Kubrick harnesses the widescreen, epic format for an intensely metaphysical experience in space and time. Since 2001’s release fifty years ago, “no movie has matched its solemnly jaw-dropping techno-poetic majesty” (Variety).
Kieslowski’s Solidarity-era work is three films in one, telling the possible futures of its protagonist: Party member, dissident, or apolitical family man. “One of Kieslowski’s best films. . . . Should not be missed” (Hollywood Reporter).
Kore-eda’s latest film is “a captivating puzzle” (The Guardian). A man has confessed to murder, but when his defense lawyer tries to establish a motive, he wanders into a web of uncertainties that are both factual and existential.
The latest feature from acclaimed director Martel is a glimpse into the colonial abyss, adapted from a famed Argentine novel about a Spanish officer in a remote proto-Paraguayan outpost. “Perplexing and thrilling in equal measure” (Variety).
Live student DJs and musicians perform an original score to Cocteau’s Surrealist classic. Plus surprise shorts!
Profiling Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “this clear-eyed and admiring documentary . . . emphasize[s] not just Ginsburg’s work on the court but how extraordinarily influential she was before she even got there” (L.A. Times).
A blast of nuclear nostalgia with a long half-life, this found-footage documentary is both a deft history of the Cold War and a comic essay on the American knack for turning tragedy and terror into kitsch.
BAMPFA Student Committee Pick
With this noir made in occupied France, director Clouzot (Diabolique) turns a thriller about an outbreak of poison-pen letters into a study of group psychology and all-encompassing suspicion.
Back by popular demand! This documentary offers an overview of the Ottoman Empire and its decline, the essential backstory of our world today.
East Bay Premiere
A great director takes viewers on an idiosyncratic tour of French film in this delightful documentary, which offers an entire lifetime of cinema knowledge and passion within its running time. “Exhilarating and inspiring” (New York Times).
BAMPFA Collection Print
A lyrical, haunting requiem for the victims of war, set amid the giant Buddhas of Burma. Winner of the top prize at the Venice film festival and one of Ichikawa’s most famous films.
Venturing from Venice Beach to Watts, the great Agnès Varda looks at the murals of Los Angeles as backdrop to and mirror of the city’s many cultures circa 1980.
East Bay Premiere
Poet-turned-filmmaker Alison McAlpine finds her wonder at the night sky of Chile’s Atacama Desert reflected in the people she meets there, from cowboys to algae collectors, astronomers to miners and storytellers. “A beautiful film” (Walter Murch).
Chytilová's most acclaimed film, spawned by the Prague Spring, is a brilliantly colored surrealist comedy starring a couple of chicks in search of kicks.
BAMPFA Student Committee Pick!
Film to Table dinner follows the June 2 screening
This visually striking, thought-provoking documentary about the British installation artist Andy Goldsworthy is a sequel to the director’s groundbreaking Rivers and Tides—Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time.
East Bay Premiere
This intense, slow-burning thriller follows a group of German construction workers installing a hydroelectric plant in remote rural Bulgaria. “A stunning existential study of masculinity” (Sight & Sound).
A swordswoman on the run takes refuge with a shy scholar, but soon finds herself back under attack. King Hu’s visionary martial arts epic turns swordplay into ballet, and remains one of the greatest action films of all time.
Copresented with the San Francisco Silent Film Festival
This program of rare film fragments, commercials, and newsreels from the archives of the Swedish Film Institute offers glimpses of Garbo at various points throughout her career.
New Digital Restoration
“For those who know the final volume of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, Ruiz’s film sets off its own chain of memories and associations; for those who do not, it serves as a superb introduction to the shape and texture of the Proustian universe” (Dave Kehr).
This selection of works from the exhibition Way Bay reveals the rich and varied landscape and people of the Bay Area. Featuring a time capsule of San Francisco before the 1906 quake and works by Bruce Baillie, Alice Anne Parker (Severson), Sara Kathyrn Arledge, and Ernie Gehr.
Salles portrays the pivotal, tumultuous 1960s through archival footage and home movies from May ’68 Paris, Soviet-invaded Czechoslovakia, China during the Cultural Revolution, and Brazil under military rule. “It’s a documentary that’s really a meditation—history made poetic” (Variety).
Free Admission. Student Filmmakers in Person
We present this year’s prizewinners and honorable mentions in the film and video competition for the Eisner Prize, UC Berkeley’s highest award for creativity.
This program of short films explores how the interweaving of built, natural, and virtual media environments shapes our world.
East Bay Theatrical Premiere
This new documentary explores the life and work of avant-garde sculptor, painter, performance artist, and social activist Joseph Beuys, chronicling his art and ideas about media, community, and capitalism in an intimate way.
The spirits of early Fellini and De Sica can be felt in this captivating docudrama about an Italian lion-tamer on the hunt for the strongman who started him on the circus life.
Vintage Technicolor 35mm Print
Rock Hudson comes to prune widow Jane Wyman’s garden and uproots her sterile, upper-middle-class suburban life in this elegiac, Thoreauvian mood piece that inspired Todd Haynes’s Far from Heaven.
Special Preview Screening
A film journey into Vienna’s interior—both its domestic architecture and the space of the psyche—set against the backdrop of Austria’s troubled past.
Film to Table dinner follows the March 10 screening
Winner of the Best Director prize for Hou Hsiao-hsien at the 2015 Cannes film festival, The Assassin is “a mesmerizing slow burn of a martial-arts movie” (Variety).
New 4K Digital Restoration
A retired actor and his family find themselves on a remote Baltic island when word arrives of nuclear war in Tarkovsky’s elegiac final film.
35mm Mint Print / BAMPFA Student Committee Pick!
Don’t miss a rare chance to witness one of cinema’s “genuine masterpieces” (Cahiers du cinéma) on the big screen. Béla Tarr’s seven-and-a-half-hour opus of melancholia and alcohol is “devastating, enthralling for every minute” (Susan Sontag).
Frederick Wiseman’s latest documentary provides welcome confirmation of the survival of intelligent life in discouraging times, following the work behind and beyond the books at the New York Public Library.
This recent documentary offers an overview of the Ottoman Empire and its decline, the essential backstory of our world today.
New Digital Restoration / Bay Area Theatrical Premiere!
The Cuban cinema reached full maturity with this classic study of a bourgeois writer who stays in Cuba after the revolution. “Beautifully understated, sophisticated and cosmopolitan” (New York Times).
35mm Print / BAMPFA Student Committee Pick!
The sands of time have not worn away the startling beauty of Hiroshi Teshigahara’s adaptation of Kobo Abe’s acclaimed postmodernist novel. “It’s like a dream—the kind from which you awake bolt upright in a cold sweat” (The Guardian).
Narrated by Tilda Swinton, this documentary tells the fascinating story of Gertrude Bell—who shaped the modern Middle East after World War I and helped draw the borders of Iraq—through intimate letters and secret documents.
This legendary documentary captures a rock-and-roll who’s who at their heights: Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Country Joe and the Fish, Janis Joplin, and many more. With Robert N. Zagone’s short A Day in the Life of Country Joe and the Fish.
A screening of Near Normal Man, a profile of Holocaust survivor Ben Stern and his fight against a 1977 Nazi rally in Illinois, anchors this discussion of free speech.
New Digital Restoration. Film to Table dinner follows the January 13 screening
Workers at a publishing company form a successful collective after their loathsome boss disappears in Renoir’s vivacious drama of crime, romance, and ethics. “A film touched by divine grace” (François Truffaut).
35mm Print / BAMPFA Student Committee Pick!
Made just before the outbreak of World War II, Renoir’s masterpiece turns a country-house gathering into a tragicomic study of polite society on the brink of collapse.