Special Screenings

Ongoing

Recent releases, restored classics, and special guests grace the Barbro Osher Theater.

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  • Works from the Eisner Competition 2024

  • Upcoming
    Films
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    Films
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Upcoming Films

Past Films

  • BAMPFA Student Committee Film Festival 2024

    • Friday, April 5 7:30 PM

    Free Admission

    A selection of outstanding student films from around the Bay Area.

    Student Filmmakers in Person

  • Menus-Plaisirs Les Troisgros

    • Sunday, January 14 2 PM
    • Saturday, January 27 2 PM
    • Saturday, February 24 11:30 AM
    • Saturday, March 2 11:30 AM
    Frederick Wiseman
    France, United States, 2023

    Esteemed documentarian Frederick Wiseman’s latest is a food lover’s heaven—a long, behind-the-scenes excursion into the world of France’s venerable restaurant La Maison Troisgros, which has held three Michelin stars for more than five decades.

  • Bushman

    • Saturday, February 24 7 PM
    David Schickele
    United States, 1971

    BAMPFA presents the recently completed restoration of Bushman, directed by Bay Area independent filmmaker David Schickele. Paired with Schickele’s earlier film Give Me a Riddle.

  • Vishniac

    • Friday, February 23 4 PM
    Laura Bialis
    United States, 2023

    Copresented with The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

    BAMPFA partners with The Magnes to host the East Bay Premiere of Vishniac, Laura Bialis’s new portrait of famed photographer Roman Vishniac’s life and work.

  • Black God, White Devil

    • Saturday, January 27 7 PM
    • Thursday, February 15 7 PM
    Glauber Rocha
    Brazil, 1964

    Digital Restoration

    “Steeped in history, myth, religion, and politics, and suffused with the feverish intensity of the blistering desert, Black God, White Devil is one of the Cinema Novo movement’s most uncompromising statements on current social issues as well as the universal problem of mindless fanaticism” (Janus Films).

  • Sorry to Bother You

    • Saturday, February 10 7 PM
    Boots Riley
    United States, 2018

    Copresented with UC Berkeley’s Center for Interdisciplinary Critical Inquiry and the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs, in conjunction with Imagining Beyond Authoritarianism: Race and Gender in Our Times

    Closed Captions

    Surrealism meets satire in Oakland. Boots Riley’s black comedy chronicles a hapless telemarketer whose sudden burgeoning success in the workplace is directly proportional to his alienation from his coworkers, his girlfriend, and himself.

    Boots Riley and Darieck Scott in Conversation

  • Vishniac

    • Sunday, February 4 2 PM
    Laura Bialis
    United States, 2023

    Copresented with The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

    BAMPFA partners with The Magnes to host the East Bay Premiere of Vishniac, Laura Bialis’s new portrait of famed photographer Roman Vishniac’s life and work. Bialis joins the February 4 screening to discuss her film with Bay Area documentary filmmaker Veronica Selver (Irmi, KPFA on the Air).

    Laura Bialis and Veronica Selver in Conversation

  • Bushman

    • Saturday, February 3 3 PM
    David Schickele
    United States, 1971

    Bay Area Premiere of the Digital Restoration

    Open Captions

    BAMPFA presents the Bay Area premiere of the recently completed restoration of Bushman, directed by Bay Area independent filmmaker David Schickele. We will be joined by special guests, including Schickele’s family, who have been instrumental to the preservation of Bushman, as well as original members of the cast and crew and the preservation team. Paired with Schickele’s earlier film Give Me a Riddle.

    Gail Schickele, Nighttrain Schickele, Rob Nilsson, Ross Lipman, among others in Conversation

  • Snow and the Bear

    • Thursday, December 7 7 PM
    • Wednesday, January 31 7 PM
    Selcen Ergun
    Turkey, Germany, Serbia, 2022

    A chilling, mysterious, and stunning debut film. “Selcen Ergun’s acute and wide-awake direction emphasizes the undertones of a rigid patriarchal society while brilliantly setting the atmosphere for this anti fairy-tale” (Toronto International Film Festival).

  • Victims of Sin

    • Thursday, December 14 7 PM
    • Wednesday, January 24 7 PM
    Emilio Fernández
    Mexico, 1951

    Digital Restoration

    Victims of Sin is famed Mexican director Emilio Fernández’s unique blend of film noir, melodrama, and musical. Fernández infuses the film with impassioned songs and performances by Ninón Sevilla, an icon of Mexican cinema and a purveyor of African, Caribbean, and Cuban dance styles.

    Introduced by Peter Conheim and Viviana Garcia-Besné

  • Werckmeister Harmonies

    • Sunday, December 17 4 PM
    • Sunday, January 21 1:30 PM
    Béla Tarr
    Hungary, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, 2000

    Digital Restoration

    One of the major achievements of twenty-first-century cinema thus far, Béla Tarr’s mesmeric parable of societal collapse is an enigma of transcendent visual, philosophical, and mystical resonance. New German Cinema icon Hanna Schygulla appears in a welcome cinematic comeback, while Lars Rudolf contributes a fevered performance of Klaus Kinski–like proportions.