View Finders: Women Cinematographers

July 12–November 21, 2019

Showcasing the artistic visions of female cinematographers around the world, this series asks whether there is such a thing as a “female gaze.”

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  • Cameraperson

  • The Wonders

  • The Strange Case of Angelica

  • Gang of Four

  • The Milk of Sorrow

  • Upcoming
  • Past
  • Past

Upcoming Films

  • The Strange Case of Angelica

    Manoel de Oliveira
    Portugal, Spain, France, Brazil, 2010

    Cinematography by Sabine Lancelin

    • Friday, July 12 6:30 PM

    A young photographer falls in love with a recently deceased beauty in one of Manoel de Oliveira’s final films. “Somewhere between ghost story and fairy tale . . . a beguiling meditation on the ontological and illusionist powers of cinema” (Film Comment). 

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  • The Intruder

    Claire Denis
    France, South Korea, 2004

    Imported Print
    Cinematography by Agnès Godard

    • Sunday, July 14 7 PM

    After a heart transplant, a man travels the world, from the Alps to Polynesia, in search of new meaning. “Poetic and primal. . . . This mysterious object may be Denis’s most gorgeous film” (Village Voice).

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  • Eastern Boys

    Robin Campillo
    France, 2013

    Cinematography by Jeanne Lapoirie

    • Thursday, July 25 7 PM

    A “simple” sex-for-hire agreement between a French bourgeois and a Ukrainian immigrant turns into something more dangerous—and more profound. “Explores interlocking themes of sexuality, immigration, and power dynamics with a cleareyed sensitivity” (New York Times). 

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  • The Milk of Sorrow

    Claudia Llosa
    Spain, Peru, 2009

    Cinematography by Natasha Braier

    • Sunday, July 28 4:30 PM

    The daughter of novelist Mario Vargas Llosa fashioned this provocative, poetic fable of the survivors of a generation of political violence, as the daughter of an indigenous woman learns more about her mother’s life—and suffering. With Bertrand Bonello’s short Sarah Winchester, Ghost Opera.

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  • Gang of Four

    Jacques Rivette
    France, Switzerland, 1989

    Cinematography by Caroline Champetier

    • Thursday, August 1 7 PM

    Performance, life, and cinema merge in Rivette’s metaphysical mystery. “One of the director’s most spellbinding explorations of the sometimes terrifyingly thin line between everyday life and the strangeness beneath it” (Film Society of Lincoln Center).

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  • Today

    Alain Gomis
    Senegal, 2012

    Cinematography by Crystel Fournier

    • Sunday, August 4 5 PM

    American musician/slam poet Saul Williams stars in this dreamlike Senegalese fable of one man’s last day on earth, as prescribed by fate. “Spiritual, soulful and captivating” (Hollywood Reporter). 

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  • Tokyo Sonata

    Kiyoshi Kurosawa
    Japan, Netherlands, Hong Kong, 2008

    Imported Print
    Cinematography by Akiko Ashizawa

    • Friday, August 9 8:15 PM

    A laid-off salaryman pretends to go to work every day in order not to disappoint his family in Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s darkly comic, deeply unsettling drama, which “tells us a great deal about contemporary Japan” (New York Review of Books). 

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  • Cameraperson

    Kirsten Johnson
    United States, 2016

    Cinematography by Kirsten Johnson
    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

    • Wednesday, August 14 7 PM
    Emiko Omori in Person

    Kristen Johnson’s look back at footage from her long career as a cinematographer becomes a fascinating investigation of the craft and ethics of documentary filmmaking. With Emiko Omori’s work-in-progress Trashed: The Lost World of May's Studios.

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  • The Wonders

    Alice Rohrwacher
    Italy, Switzerland, Germany, 2014

    Cinematography by Hélène Louvart

    • Thursday, August 22 7 PM

    The lives of a beekeeping family in rural Italy are disrupted by the arrival of a sullen teenage boy and a cheesy TV production crew in this evocative look at rituals, relationships, and adolescent dreams. “A beautiful, richly imagined ride” (Washington Post). 

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  • 25 Watts

    Juan Pablo Rebella, Pablo Stoll
    Uruguay, 2001

    Cinematography by Bárbara Alvarez

    • Saturday, August 31 6 PM

    Three aimless teens stagger through another Montevideo day in this low-budget paean to cigarettes, wine, and rock ’n’ roll, which heralded the arrival of a new Uruguayan cinema. “Recalls the spirit of the Czech New Wave” (Michael Fox). 

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