December 2019

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4:30 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Sunday, December 1, 2019
4:30 PM
Abbas Kiarostami,
France, Iran, Japan,
2003,
(106 mins)

Digital Restoration

Dedicated to Yasujiro Ozu, Kiarostami’s set of five serene seafront studies is “remarkably captivating, like a perfectly crafted object of contemplation” (Village Voice). With short Roads of Kiarostami.
  • Donna Honarpisheh
    Introduction
    Donna Honarpisheh is a PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program in Critical Theory at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on modernist Iranian film and fiction.
7 PM
Sunday, December 1, 2019
7 PM
Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack,
United States,
2018,
(89 mins)
Aretha Franklin’s thrilling 1972 performance of Amazing Grace at a Watts church comes alive in this concert film, unreleased until 2018. “It’s the closest thing to witnessing a miracle—just some cameras, a crowd and a voice touched by God” (Rolling Stone).
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Monday, December 2, 2019
6:30 PM
Ruthie Dineen, Ciera-Jevae Gordon, Ptah Tracey Mitchell, and Dalia J. Ramos-Mucino  discuss the city of Richmond—its colorful past and shifting present, and how art and health play an integral role in its future.
Free admission. Doors open at 6 PM.
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7 PM
  • Film
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
7 PM
Joseph Losey,
France,
1976,
(122 mins)

Digital Restoration

An art dealer (Alain Delon) in WWII-era France benefits from the Nazi regime, until they begin to suspect him of being Jewish, in Joseph Losey’s chilling thriller. “A historical reconstruction with a modernist tone, evoking both Kafka and Borges” (J. Hoberman).
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Thursday, December 5, 2019
4 PM-7 PM
Works from the collection reveal global histories of the Indian Ocean in culture, commerce, and myth.
Free admission
Series Five Tables
2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Thursday, December 5, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

1:15 PM
Thursday, December 5, 2019
1:15 PM
Expert tour guides share highlights of exhibitions on view throughout the museum.
Included with admission
Series Guided Tours
Thursday, December 5, 2019
7 PM
Shirley Sun,
United States,
2017,
(64 mins)

East Bay Premiere!

Fire and Ashes: Making the Ballet RAkU also screens Friday, December 13, and Sunday, December 29 (without Shirley Sun in person).

Bay Area filmmaker Shirley Sun’s engaging dance film goes behind the scenes with composer Shinji Eshima and San Francisco Ballet choreographer Yuri Possokhov as they recount their collaboration on the ballet RAkU, set in historic Japan.
In Person
  • Shirley Sun
  • Shinji Eshima
    Eshima is the composer of RAkU and is a member of San Francisco Ballet and San Francisco Opera Orchestras.
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2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Friday, December 6, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Friday, December 6, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

For all members

For one weekend only, all BAMPFA members get 20 percent off at the BAMPFA Store!
Members-only sale
Friday, December 6, 2019
4 PM
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders,
United States,
2019,
(119 mins)

BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

Pulitzer- and Nobel Peace Prize–winning author Toni Morrison recalls her life, challenges, and successes in this “eloquent nonfiction biopic” (Variety), featuring archival footage and interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis, Hilton Als, and others.
Friday, December 6, 2019
7 PM
Cristian Mungiu,
Romania,
2007,
(113 mins)
Two young women go underground to terminate an unwanted pregnancy in this gripping, prizewinning drama. “Beautifully realistic, faultlessly made” (Los Angeles Times).
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Saturday, December 7, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Saturday, December 7, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

For all members

For one weekend only, all BAMPFA members get 20 percent off at the BAMPFA Store!
Members-only sale
2 PM
  • Activity
  • In-Person
  • Workshop
Saturday, December 7, 2019
2 PM

Programmed by Denise Kan

Join artists Marcela Pardo Ariza and Juan Carlos Rodríguez Rivera to build a surrealist tiny set, creating a space of possibility.
Included with admission
Series Workshops
Saturday, December 7, 2019
2 PM

Schedule note
Sylvia Fein is unable to participate in the program as previously announced. In lieu of a conversation, Garrett Caples, who has written on Fein's work, will present an illustrated talk about her life and art.

Poet Garrett Caples will discuss Bay Area painter Sylvia Fein’s life and art.
Included with admission
Saturday, December 7, 2019
6 PM
Víctor Erice, Abbas Kiarostami,
Iran, Spain,
2005–7,
(97 mins)
Created for a museum exhibition that paired the works of Kiarostami and Víctor Erice, Correspondences is composed of ten “filmed letters” between the two master filmmakers.
Saturday, December 7, 2019
8:15 PM
Stanley Nelson,
United Kingdom, United States,
2019,
(115 mins)
From the director of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, this profile of the great Miles Davis is “a tantalizing portrait: rich, probing, mournful, romantic, triumphant, tragic, exhilarating, and blisteringly honest” (Variety).
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Sunday, December 8, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Sunday, December 8, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

For all members

For one weekend only, all BAMPFA members get 20 percent off at the BAMPFA Store!
Members-only sale
Sunday, December 8, 2019
1:30 PM
(90 mins)

Free Admission for UC Berkeley Students!

Explore the arts of film scoring and accompaniment with musician and composer Donald Sosin, who has scored thousands of films for live performance and recording. Bring your imagination and your instrument—no musical experience required!
Free admission for UC Berkeley students with valid ID
2 PM
Sunday, December 8, 2019
2 PM
Join a guided tour of Hinges and discover Sakaki Hyakusen’s transformative contribution to the art of eighteenth-century Japan.
Included with admission
Series Guided Tours
2 PM
  • In-Person
  • Workshop
Sunday, December 8, 2019
2 PM

Programmed by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo

Useless Initiatives Collective members River Black, Jillian Crochet, and Beatriz Escobar lead a workshop that explores the relationships between bodies and objects. 
Included with admission
Series Workshops
4:30 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Sunday, December 8, 2019
4:30 PM
Abbas Kiarostami,
Iran,
2008,
(92 mins)

Digital Restoration

A film about watching and most of all experiencing film, Shirin features close-ups of 112 Iranian actresses (and Juliette Binoche) as they view—or imagine—a movie. “An illusionist tour de force” (Jonathan Rosenbaum).
  • Donna Honarpisheh
    Introduction
    Donna Honarpisheh is a PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program in Critical Theory at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on modernist Iranian film and fiction.
Sunday, December 8, 2019
5 PM
Filmmaker and curator Alix Blevins leads visitors through her research on experimental films and ephemera in the BAMPFA collection.
Included with admission
Series Workshops
7 PM
Sunday, December 8, 2019
7 PM
Cristi Puiu ,
Romania,
2001,
(91 mins)
A hopeful young entrepreneur decides to raise money by delivering an unknown package in this deadpan road movie, inspired by Jarmusch’s Down by Law. The debut film by the director of The Death of Mr. Lazarescu. 
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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
6:00 PM

Open to Curator’s Circle members at the $1,000 level and above 

BAMPFA Director and Chief Curator Lawrence Rinder and the remarkable Sylvia Fein join Curator's Circle members for a reception and preview tour of the exhibition Sylvia Fein / MATRIX 275. 
Curator's Circle members only event.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2019
12:30 PM
Luisa Caldas discusses BAMPFA AR—Augmented Time, which explores augmented reality as a new medium for narrative and storytelling.
Included with admission
7 PM
  • In-Person
  • Performance
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
7 PM

Programmed by Graeme Vanderstoel

A trio of duets: movement artist Leonard Pitt with composer Paul Dresher; sarod player Manik Khan with tabla player Sudhakar Vaidyanathan; and dancer Tandy Beal with composer Jon Scoville.
Included with admission. Seating for Full is limited.
Series Full
7 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
7 PM
Martin Scorsese,
United States,
1983,
(109 mins)

BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

A crazed would-be stand-up comic (Robert De Niro) becomes obsessed with a talk-show host (Jerry Lewis) in Scorsese’s prescient meditation on the American cult of celebrity. 
  • J. Hoberman
    Introduction
    Following the screening, J. Hoberman will sign copies of his new book Make My Day: Movie Culture in the Age of Reagan.
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2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Thursday, December 12, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

7 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Thursday, December 12, 2019
7 PM
Tim Hunter,
United States,
1986,
(99 mins)
A group of teenagers discover their friend has murdered his girlfriend—and do nothing about it—in this eighties cult hit, based on a real-life crime in Milpitas and starring Crispin Glover, Dennis Hopper, and Keanu Reeves. 
In Coversation
  • J. Hoberman
    Critic and author J. Hoberman will discuss his new book Make My Day: Movie Culture in the Age of Reagan, which is available in the BAMPFA Store, with Reyna Cowan after the screening.
  • Reyna Cowan
    Reyna Cowan is a psychoanalyst and film critic. She writes on film and interviews filmmakers for KPFA radio.
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2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Friday, December 13, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Friday, December 13, 2019
4 PM
Shirley Sun,
United States,
2017,
(64 mins)

East Bay Premiere!

Fire and Ashes: Making the Ballet RAkU also screens Thursday, December 5, with director Shirley Sun in person.

Bay Area filmmaker Shirley Sun’s engaging dance film goes behind the scenes with composer Shinji Eshima and San Francisco Ballet choreographer Yuri Possokhov as they recount their collaboration on the ballet RAkU, set in historic Japan.
Friday, December 13, 2019
7 PM
Cristi Puiu ,
Romania,
2005,
(154 mins)
Puiu’s saga of the last hours in the life of a cranky Bucharest widower is “both sad and darkly funny . . . sharply conceived and richly populated” (Chicago Reader). “A thorny masterpiece” (New York Times).
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2:30–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Saturday, December 14, 2019
2:30–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

11:30 AM
Saturday, December 14, 2019
11:30 AM

For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

After an interactive tour of Hinges: Sakaki Hyakusen and the Birth of Nanga Painting, draw an imaginary landscape on Japanese paper to make your own miniature folding screen.
Free for kids 18 & under and for one adult per child 13 & under
  • Marcela Florez
    With artist
    Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Marcela Florez holds an MFA in printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute and has taught at Southern Exposure, LA Commons, the de Young Museum, and BAMPFA.
Series Family Events
Saturday, December 14, 2019
1 PM
Francesco Rosi,
Italy,
1979,

Full-Length Digital Restoration, Back by Popular Demand!

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).
Special admission: General: $15; BAMPFA members: $11; UC Berkeley students: $7; UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non–UC Berkeley students, disabled persons, ages 65+ and 18 & under: $12. Screening includes 30-minute intermission.
1 PM
Saturday, December 14, 2019
1 PM

For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

After an interactive tour of Hinges: Sakaki Hyakusen and the Birth of Nanga Painting, draw an imaginary landscape on Japanese paper to make your own miniature folding screen.
Free for kids 18 & under and for one adult per child 13 & under
  • Marcela Florez
    With artist
    Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Marcela Florez holds an MFA in printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute and has taught at Southern Exposure, LA Commons, the de Young Museum, and BAMPFA.
Series Family Events
Saturday, December 14, 2019
3 PM

Recommended for ages 8 & up (younger kids welcome as listeners)

Jump into the classic story of a country cricket who finds himself in the big city, and pick up a copy of the book to finish reading at home.
Free for kids 18 & under and for one adult per child 13 & under
  • Carl Coleman
    Reading led by
    Carl Coleman is a librarian for the West Contra Costa Unified School District.
Series Family Events
6 PM
Saturday, December 14, 2019
6 PM
Abbas Kiarostami,
Belgium, France, Iran, Italy,
2010,
(106 mins)
Juliette Binoche and William Shimell star in Kiarostami’s playful unspooling of the romance genre, set in a radiant Tuscany where nothing is quite as it seems. Binoche won Best Actress at Cannes for her role in this “brilliant, endlessly fascinating work” (New Yorker).
8:15 PM
  • Film
Saturday, December 14, 2019
8:15 PM
Joseph Losey,
France,
1976,
(122 mins)

Digital Restoration

An art dealer (Alain Delon) in WWII-era France benefits from the Nazi regime, until they begin to suspect him of being Jewish, in Joseph Losey’s chilling thriller. “A historical reconstruction with a modernist tone, evoking both Kafka and Borges” (J. Hoberman).
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Sunday, December 15, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

3:30 PM
Sunday, December 15, 2019
3:30 PM
ruth weiss,
United States,
1961,
(80 mins)

World Premiere of BAMPFA Preservation Print!

Built around the existential musings of two contentious lovers, ruth weiss’s Beat-era cinepoem jettisons narrative logic for a skeptical embrace of the moment. We showcase BAMPFA’s new preservation print alongside works by weiss’s compatriots Paul Beattie and Steven Arnold. 
In Person
  • ruth weiss
  • Robyn Beattie
    Robyn Beattie is the daughter of artist and filmmaker Paul Beattie.
  • Steve Seid
    Steve Seid, a former curator at BAMPFA, recently wrote on The Brink and awaits the publication of his book about Ant Farm’s Media Burn.
Sunday, December 15, 2019
6 PM

Programmed by Alix Blevins

This program was previously announced to start at 5 PM. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Composer Tashi Wada presents his new group featuring Julia Holter, percussionist Corey Fogel, and special guest Ezra Buchla.
Included with admission
Sunday, December 15, 2019
7 PM
Corneliu Porumboiu,
Romania,
2006,
(89 mins)
A provincial TV talk show turns into a battle over the history of the Romanian revolution in Porumboiu’s hilarious allegory, winner of the Caméra d’Or at Cannes.
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7 PM
  • Film
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
7 PM
Joseph Losey,
France,
1976,
(122 mins)

Digital Restoration

An art dealer (Alain Delon) in WWII-era France benefits from the Nazi regime, until they begin to suspect him of being Jewish, in Joseph Losey’s chilling thriller. “A historical reconstruction with a modernist tone, evoking both Kafka and Borges” (J. Hoberman).
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2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Thursday, December 19, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Thursday, December 19, 2019
7 PM
Abbas Kiarostami,
France, Japan,
2012,
(109 mins)
A young escort, her older client, and her jealous lover enact their various roles depending on who’s in front of them in Kiarostami’s last narrative feature, made in Japan. “An enthralling journey” (New York Magazine).
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2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Friday, December 20, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

4 PM
Friday, December 20, 2019
4 PM
Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack,
United States,
2018,
(89 mins)
Aretha Franklin’s thrilling 1972 performance of Amazing Grace at a Watts church comes alive in this concert film, unreleased until 2018. “It’s the closest thing to witnessing a miracle—just some cameras, a crowd and a voice touched by God” (Rolling Stone).
7 PM
Friday, December 20, 2019
7 PM
Agnès Varda, Didier Rouget,
France,
2019,
(115 mins)

East Bay Advance Screenings

In the last of her prodigious life’s work, the legendary, delightfully irreverent Agnès Varda conducts a personal career retrospective as only she can, with skill, charm, wit, reverie, and wonder. “A master class on filmmaking” (Toronto Star).
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Saturday, December 21, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

1:30 PM
Saturday, December 21, 2019
1:30 PM
Agnès Varda, Didier Rouget,
France,
2019,
(115 mins)

East Bay Advance Screenings

In the last of her prodigious life’s work, the legendary, delightfully irreverent Agnès Varda conducts a personal career retrospective as only she can, with skill, charm, wit, reverie, and wonder. “A master class on filmmaking” (Toronto Star).
4 PM
  • Film
Saturday, December 21, 2019
4 PM
Abbas Kiarostami,
France, Iran,
2017,
(116 mins)
Kiarostami’s final work strips cinema down to its essence—a single frame—creating a hypnotic meditation on image making and the act of seeing that pays tribute to both cinema and the great director’s other passion, photography.
7 PM
Saturday, December 21, 2019
7 PM
Yasujiro Ozu,
Japan,
1957,
(141 mins)

Bay Area Premiere of Digital Restoration

Setsuko Hara stars as a woman trying to hold her family together in Ozu’s darkest, most urban film, set in the shadowy back streets of Ginza. “Retains an enormous dramatic power, perhaps because of [its] very divergences from the Ozu oeuvre” (Michael Koresky).
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Sunday, December 22, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Sunday, December 22, 2019
1 PM
Francesco Rosi,
Italy,
1979,

Full-Length Digital Restoration, Back by Popular Demand!

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).
Special admission: General: $15; BAMPFA members: $11; UC Berkeley students: $7; UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non–UC Berkeley students, disabled persons, ages 65+ and 18 & under: $12. Screening includes 30-minute intermission.
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Wednesday, December 25, 2019
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2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Thursday, December 26, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

12 PM
Thursday, December 26, 2019
12 PM
Ingmar Bergman,
Sweden,
1983,
(352 mins)

Full-Length Television Version

A rare theatrical presentation of Bergman’s magnum opus in its full-length television version, which runs more than five hours. Bergman himself described the project as “the sum total of my life as a filmmaker.”
Special admission: General: $18; BAMPFA members: $14; UC Berkeley students: $10; UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non–UC Berkeley students, disabled persons, ages 65+ and 18 & under: $15. Screening includes two intermissions totaling 40 minutes.
7 PM
Thursday, December 26, 2019
7 PM
Agnès Varda, Didier Rouget,
France,
2019,
(115 mins)

East Bay Advance Screenings

In the last of her prodigious life’s work, the legendary, delightfully irreverent Agnès Varda conducts a personal career retrospective as only she can, with skill, charm, wit, reverie, and wonder. “A master class on filmmaking” (Toronto Star).
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2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Friday, December 27, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

2 PM
Friday, December 27, 2019
2 PM
Yasujiro Ozu,
Japan,
1957,
(141 mins)

Bay Area Premiere of Digital Restoration

Setsuko Hara stars as a woman trying to hold her family together in Ozu’s darkest, most urban film, set in the shadowy back streets of Ginza. “Retains an enormous dramatic power, perhaps because of [its] very divergences from the Ozu oeuvre” (Michael Koresky).
5 PM
Friday, December 27, 2019
5 PM
Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack,
United States,
2018,
(89 mins)
Aretha Franklin’s thrilling 1972 performance of Amazing Grace at a Watts church comes alive in this concert film, unreleased until 2018. “It’s the closest thing to witnessing a miracle—just some cameras, a crowd and a voice touched by God” (Rolling Stone).
7 PM
  • Film
Friday, December 27, 2019
7 PM
Alfred Hitchcock,
United States,
1946,
(101 mins)

4K Digital Restoration

Trying to infiltrate a group of Nazis in Latin America, Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman find themselves entangled in a cruel love affair. Hitchcock’s polished, perverse thriller exploits an espionage plot to explore the nature of love and loyalty. 
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Saturday, December 28, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Saturday, December 28, 2019
3 PM
Lotte Reiniger,
Germany,
1926,
(65 mins)

Hand-Tinted 35mm Print
Recommended for ages 7 & up

One of the world’s first animated features, Reiniger’s enchanting work uses intricate silhouettes to enact a tale from the Arabian Nights. It offers “exquisite craftsmanship, balletic movement, expressive romanticism, and moments of potent sensuousness and poetry” (Time Out).
  • Judith Rosenberg
    On Piano
5 PM
Saturday, December 28, 2019
5 PM
Agnès Varda,
France,
2000,
(82 mins)

Digital Restoration
Film to Table dinner follows the December 28 screening

Varda’s rumination on the art of “living off the leftovers of others” visits food scavengers and cultural rebels, and finds inspiration in both past and present, rural and urban, the political and the highly personal. “Beautiful, absorbing, and touching” (Jonathan Rosenbaum).
Saturday, December 28, 2019
7 PM
Stanley Nelson,
United Kingdom, United States,
2019,
(115 mins)
From the director of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, this profile of the great Miles Davis is “a tantalizing portrait: rich, probing, mournful, romantic, triumphant, tragic, exhilarating, and blisteringly honest” (Variety).
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Sunday, December 29, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Sunday, December 29, 2019
2:30 PM
Shirley Sun,
United States,
2017,
(64 mins)

East Bay Premiere!

Fire and Ashes: Making the Ballet RAkU also screens Thursday, December 5, with director Shirley Sun in person.

Bay Area filmmaker Shirley Sun’s engaging dance film goes behind the scenes with composer Shinji Eshima and San Francisco Ballet choreographer Yuri Possokhov as they recount their collaboration on the ballet RAkU, set in historic Japan.
4:30 PM
  • Film
Sunday, December 29, 2019
4:30 PM
Agnès Varda,
France,
1985,
(105 mins)

Digital Restoration

The short life and eventual death of a young female drifter forms the basis of Varda’s chilling look at alienation and idealism. “Like so many of the greatest films, it tells us a very specific story, strong and unadorned, about a very particular person” (Roger Ebert).
Sunday, December 29, 2019
7 PM
Louis Malle,
France,
1958,
(88 mins)

Digital Restoration

A restored print of Louis Malle’s first feature, an elegant thriller featuring an iconic performance by Jeanne Moreau and a celebrated Miles Davis jazz score. This “consistently engaging, atmospheric noir . . . remains worth treasuring” (Time Out New York).
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Wednesday, January 1, 2020
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1:15 PM
Thursday, January 2, 2020
1:15 PM
Explore the spirit of Surrealism with a guided tour of Strange. 
Included with admission
Series Guided Tours
4 PM–7 PM
Thursday, January 2, 2020
4 PM–7 PM
Get on the grid with this array of works that organize images and ideas into a geometric structure.
Free admission
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