March 2020

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7 PM
  • Film
Sunday, March 1, 2020
7 PM
Federico Fellini,
Italy,
1963,
(138 mins)

Film to Table dinner follows the February 15 screening

8 1/2 also screens Wednesday, March 18, with a lecture by Russell Merritt.

A jaded director (Marcello Mastroianni) fantasizes on his next great film—or his next sexual conquest—in Fellini’s metafictional masterpiece, “probably the most potent movie about filmmaking” (The Guardian). 
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6:30 PM
  • Free
  • In-Person
Monday, March 2, 2020
6:30 PM
Interdisciplinary artist Autumn Knight discusses her performance projects and artistic strategies for survival in institutional space.
Free admission. Doors open at 6 PM.
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5:30-8 PM
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
5:30-8 PM

Open to all members

Members' reception featuring after-hours access to our winter exhbitions
Space is limited. RSVP by February 24.
Each member cardholder admits two.
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Wednesday, March 4, 2020
12 PM

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

The UC Berkeley student curators of When All That Is Solid Melts into Air offer their cultural and scholarly insights into the work on view.
Included with admission
3:10 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
3:10 PM
(117 mins)

This program also screens Friday, April 3 (without lecture).

Three Fellini shorts originally released as parts of omnibus films: The Marriage Agency (from the neorealist anthology Love in the City), The Temptations of Doctor Antonio (from the Decameron-inspired sex farce Boccaccio ’70), and Toby Dammit (from the Poe collection Spirits of the Dead). 
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.
  • Russell Merritt
    Lecture
    Film historian Russell Merritt has been introducing films, lecturing, and serving as an occasional guest curator at BAMPFA for more than thirty years.
7 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
7 PM
Rosine Mbakam,
Belgium, Cameroon,
2018,
(79 mins)
A Brussels hair salon catering to West African immigrant women is at the center of this warmhearted documentary. “A must-see! An atypical and timely portrait of the intersection between the immigrant experience and female identity” (Indiewire). With Ellen Spiro and Cheryl Dunye’s short DiAna’s Hair Ego REMIX.
Introductions
  • Cornelius Moore
    Cornelius Moore is the codirector of the film distribution and production organization California Newsreel and a curator focusing on films from the black world.
  • Ellen Spiro
    Ellen Spiro is an Emmy-award winning filmmaker whose work champions mavericks and renegades with wit, inventiveness, and emotional depth.
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Thursday, March 5, 2020
12 PM

This event has been postponed to a later date. Updates will be posted at artsdesign.berkeley.edu. Thank you for your understanding.

Artist Sadie Barnette discusses her 2019 installation at The Lab, The New Eagle Creek Saloon—a re-creation of the first black-owned gay bar in San Francisco—with Lab director Dena Beard.
Free admission
1:15 PM
Thursday, March 5, 2020
1:15 PM
Expert tour guides share highlights of exhibitions on view throughout the museum.
Included with admission
Series Guided Tours
2 PM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
Thursday, March 5, 2020
2 PM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

4 PM–7 PM
Thursday, March 5, 2020
4 PM–7 PM
Curated by the BAMPFA Student Committee, this selection of works from the museum’s collection explores the nature of flight and what it means to soar.
Free admission
Series Five Tables
Thursday, March 5, 2020
6:30 PM

Off-Site Event at E. M. Wolfman Bookstore, 410 13th St., Oakland
Programmed by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo

New York–based composer and writer Ethan Philbrick presents a workshop exploring how to put into practice the paradoxical title of Frank O’Hara’s Meditations in an Emergency.
At E. M. Wolfman Bookstore
Series Workshops
7 PM
Thursday, March 5, 2020
7 PM
Francis Ford Coppola,
United States,
1972,
(175 mins)

4K Digital Restoration
BAMPFA Student Committee Pick!

A chronicle of the life and times of an Italian American mafia family becomes a shadow history of the American dream in Coppola’s masterpiece, widely acclaimed as one of the best American films ever made. “Overflowing with life” (Los Angeles Times).
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Friday, March 6, 2020
12–1 PM
Take an intimate look at Rosie Lee Tompkins’s techniques and materials in an up-close viewing session on the museum’s lower level.
Included with admission
2 PM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
Friday, March 6, 2020
2 PM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Friday, March 6, 2020
4 PM
Djimon Hounsou,
Benin, United States,
2018,
(110 mins)
Weaving together personal, cultural, and spiritual journeys, this documentary by actor Djimon Hounsou seeks to illuminate the practice of faith that is prevalent in West Africa, specifically Benin, the “cradle of Voodoo.” “Vivid and heartfelt” (Variety).
Panel Discussion: Spiritual Reclamation as a Revolutionary Act
  • Her Majesty Queen Mother Dowoti Desir Hounon Houna II
    Her Majesty Queen Mother Dowoti Desir Hounon Houna II is a Manbo Asogwe (high priest) in Haitian Vodou and a chief of the Zangbeto and Egungun secret societies, as well as an author, critical theorist
  • Dr. Wade W. Nobles
    Dr. Wade W. Nobles is a professor emeritus at San Francisco State University, a Ghanaian development chief, and author of Voodoo or IQ: An Introduction to African Psychology.
  • Yeye Luisah Teish
    Yeye Luisah Teish, a storyteller-writer, artist-activist, and spiritual guidance counselor, is an initiated elder (Iyanifa) in the Ifa/Orisha tradition of the West African diaspora.
  • Iya Susheel Bibbs
    Iya Susheel Bibbs emphasizes unsung ancestors in her work on stage, in writings, and in film. She has participated in Ifa since 1991, Vodou since 2001, and was initiated in Voodoo in 2006.
  • Tracy Brown
    Tracy Brown, the organizer of this event and panel moderator, is an artivist and curator.
7 PM
Friday, March 6, 2020
7 PM
Pedro Almodóvar,
Spain,
2019,
(113 mins)

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been canceled through March 29. Learn more

Film to Table dinner follows the May 2 screening

Ailing and adrift, a celebrated film director (Antonio Banderas) looks back at his work and life in Almodóvar’s pensive, tantalizingly self-reflexive drama, which garnered Academy Award nominations for Best Foreign Language Film and for Banderas's extraordinary performance.
Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations.
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Saturday, March 7, 2020
11 AM
Join quiltmakers Stacey Sharman and Kristen Takakuwa of Berkeley’s Hello Stitch Studio to explore the art of quilting as you create fabric postcards.
Included with admission
Series Workshops
11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
Saturday, March 7, 2020
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Saturday, March 7, 2020
2 PM
Artist Ron Nagle is joined in conversation by his longtime friend the internationally celebrated tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy.
Included with admission
Saturday, March 7, 2020
5 PM

Programmed by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo

Beginning with text from Frank O’Hara’s Meditations in an Emergency, this performance for cello, voice, and recorded sound doubles as a series of meditation exercises for living through modernity’s ongoing emergencies.
Included with admission
Series Performances
5 PM
Saturday, March 7, 2020
5 PM
Taghi Amirani,
United Kingdom,
2019,
(119 mins)

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

A fascinating investigation into the 1953 Anglo-American coup d’état in Iran that displaced democratically elected prime minister Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed the despotic Mohammad Reza Pahlavi as shah. “Passionate and fearless” (Hollywood Reporter).
7:15 PM
  • Activity
  • Film
Saturday, March 7, 2020
7:15 PM

Four-course dinner with wine pairing

Following our screening of Taghi Amirani's Coup 53, join fellow cinephiles at our communal table for dinner and warm conversation. 
$95 per person. Film and dinner tickets must be purchased separately. Call Babette at (510) 684-3046 with questions.
8 PM
  • Film
Saturday, March 7, 2020
8 PM
George Lucas,
United States,
1971,
(88 mins)
George Lucas’s debut film is more 1984 than Star Wars. Robert Duvall stars as a rebel in a dystopian future where sex is illegal, robots are everywhere, and TV monitors keep the populace both sedated and monitored.
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
Sunday, March 8, 2020
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

1 PM
Sunday, March 8, 2020
1 PM
Ulrike Ottinger,
Germany,
1997,
(275 mins)

Digital Restoration

Fascinating and rich with wry humor, Exile Shanghai is an extraordinary cultural odyssey that affectionately conjures up the lost Jewish world of 1930s Shanghai.
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. Presented with 30-minute intermission.
2 PM
Sunday, March 8, 2020
2 PM
Shawl-Anderson Dance Center presents its teen performance groups, who have worked with professional choreographers to create distinctive works highlighting the young dancers’ skills and technique.
Included with admission
Series Performances
7 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Sunday, March 8, 2020
7 PM
Francis Ford Coppola,
United States,
1969,
(101 mins)

4K Digital Restoration 

A disaffected Long Island housewife ditches her man, hits the road, and never stops heading west in Coppola’s striking early work, described as a female Easy Rider and overflowing with a loose energy that recalls the French New Wave.
  • James Mockoski
    Introduction
    James Mockoski is a film archivist and postproduction supervisor at American Zoetrope, where he has supervised the restoration of classic films including Dementia 13, Apocalypse Now, and The Rain Peop
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Monday, March 9, 2020
6:30 PM
John K. Wilson, a fellow with the University of California National Center on Free Speech and Civic Engagement, discusses the past and present problem of art censorship on college campuses.
Free admission. Doors open at 6 PM.
7 PM
  • In-Person
  • Performance
Monday, March 9, 2020
7 PM

Programmed by Sean Carson

The Iota presents a site-specific performance of a fragmentary tragedy by Sophocles, Laocöon. Cellist Saul Richmond-Rakerd also performs.
Included with admission. Seating for Full is limited.
Series Full
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3:10 PM
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
3:10 PM
(150 mins)

World Premiere!

Canadian auteur Guy Maddin joins us via video conference to present the world premiere of The Rabbit Hunters, a new short commissioned by BAMPFA in honor of Federico Fellini’s centenary. Starring Isabella Rossellini, it’s equal parts Felliniesque and Maddinesque. Followed by Fellini: A Director’s Notebook.
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.
  • Guy Maddin
    Live Via Video Conference
    Due to a travel advisory, Guy Maddin will join us via video conference.
7 PM
  • Film
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
7 PM
Filipa César,
Germany, Guinea-Bissau,
2017,
(96 mins)
Decaying archival films from Guinea-Bissau’s 1960s war of independence were digitized and screened in the places where the original footage was shot. The resulting film is “a tribute, a documentary, and an excavation” (New York Times).
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Thursday, March 12, 2020
12 PM

Note: In keeping with guidance from public health officials and campus actions, this event will not be public, and instead, will be posted online afterwards. Please check artsdesign.berkeley.edu for updates. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Oakland-based artists Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes discuss their graphic arts collaboration Dignidad Rebelde.
Free admission
7 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Thursday, March 12, 2020
7 PM
Souleymane Cissé,
Mali,
1987,
(105 mins)
A young warrior/seer must overcome his own father to gain the knowledge of the ancients in this visionary reimagining of Mandé creation myths and oral tales. “Not only the most beautifully photographed African film ever, but also the best African film ever made” (Film Comment).
In Conversation
  • Souleymane Cissé
  • Akin Adesokan
    Akin Adesokan is associate professor of comparative literature and of cinema and media studies at Indiana University, Bloomington.
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4 PM
Friday, March 13, 2020
4 PM
Taghi Amirani,
United Kingdom,
2019,
(119 mins)

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

A fascinating investigation into the 1953 Anglo-American coup d’état in Iran that displaced democratically elected prime minister Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed the despotic Mohammad Reza Pahlavi as shah. “Passionate and fearless” (Hollywood Reporter).
Friday, March 13, 2020
7 PM
Federico Fellini,
Italy,
1972,
(128 mins)

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been cancelled through March 29. Learn more

Digital Restoration

Fellini’s episodic, “panoramic album of impressions in praise of Rome and the Italians, past, present, and future” (Albert Johnson).
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10 AM–12:30 PM
Saturday, March 14, 2020
10 AM–12:30 PM

This event has been canceled.

At Richmond Field Station
11:30 AM
Saturday, March 14, 2020
11:30 AM

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been cancelled through March 29. Learn more

For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

After viewing Edie Fake’s visionary Art Wall mural, Affordable Housing for Trans Elders, draw your own fantastical buildings to house real and imagined communities of the future!
Free for kids 18 & under and for one adult per child 13 & under
  • Ricki Dwyer
    With artist
    Bay Area artist and educator Ricki Dwyer is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley’s MFA program.
Series Family Events
Saturday, March 14, 2020
1 PM

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been cancelled through March 29. Learn more

For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

After viewing Edie Fake’s visionary Art Wall mural, Affordable Housing for Trans Elders, draw your own fantastical buildings to house real and imagined communities of the future!
Free for kids 18 & under and for one adult per child 13 & under
  • Ricki Dwyer
    With artist
    Bay Area artist and educator Ricki Dwyer is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley’s MFA program.
Series Family Events
2 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Saturday, March 14, 2020
2 PM
Kenneth Paul Rosenberg,
United States,
2019,
(84 mins)

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been cancelled through March 29. Learn more

East Bay Premiere!
Copresented with the Downtown Berkeley Association

This documentary takes us inside psychiatric emergency rooms, jails, homes, and homeless encampments in its wrenching portrayal of America’s crisis surrounding the care of severely mentally ill citizens. “Haunting and trenchant . . . a necessary and important film” (Hollywood Reporter).
In Conversation
  • Thomas Insel
    Dr. Thomas Insel is Governor Gavin Newsom’s special advisor on behavioral health. He previously served as director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
  • John Snook
    John Snook is executive director of the Treatment Advocacy Center in Washington, DC.
Saturday, March 14, 2020
3 PM

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been cancelled through March 29. Learn more

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

Start reading this story of an artistic boy caught between the worlds of his home and his prestigious private school, and pick up a copy to keep reading at home.
Free for kids 18 & under and for one adult per child 13 & under
  • Adoria Williams
    Reading led by
    Adoria Williams is a librarian at Jefferson Elementary School in Berkeley.
Series Family Events
5 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Saturday, March 14, 2020
5 PM
Souleymane Cissé,
Mali,
1978,
(93 mins)

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been cancelled through March 29. Learn more

The unlikely friendship between a young worker from the countryside and a progressive factory engineer leads to the triggering of political and class fault lines in Cissé’s searing drama. “Cissé makes explicit the infrastructure of corruption” (New Yorker).
In Conversation
  • Souleymane Cissé
  • Akin Adesokan
    Akin Adesokan is associate professor of comparative literature and of cinema and media studies at Indiana University, Bloomington.
8:15 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Saturday, March 14, 2020
8:15 PM
Francis Ford Coppola,
United States,
1963,
(78 mins)

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been cancelled through March 29. Learn more

An unwelcome visitor finds herself in the dank manse of a family haunted by its secrets in Coppola’s atmospheric tale of terror, produced and financed by exploitation guru Roger Corman.
  • James Mockoski
    Introduction
    James Mockoski is a film archivist and postproduction supervisor at American Zoetrope, where he has supervised the restoration of classic films including Dementia 13, Apocalypse Now, and The Rain Peop
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Sunday, March 15, 2020
2 PM

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

Join a guided tour to discover the vibrant and innovative work of quilt artist Rosie Lee Tompkins.
Included with admission
Series Guided Tours
Sunday, March 15, 2020
5 PM

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been canceled through March 29. Learn more

Programmed by Michal “MJ” Jones

Poets Raina J. León and Mimi Tempestt read their work.
Included with admission
Series Readings
7 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Sunday, March 15, 2020
7 PM
Souleymane Cissé,
Mali,
1982,
(100 mins)

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been cancelled through March 29. Learn more

Cissé’s remarkable satire on Africa’s ruling class follows two college kids rebelling against military control and the establishment, and is by turns fierce, romantic, and ultimately hopeful.
In Conversation
  • Souleymane Cissé
  • Akin Adesokan
    Akin Adesokan is associate professor of comparative literature and of cinema and media studies at Indiana University, Bloomington.
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Monday, March 16, 2020
6:30 PM

This event has been postponed to a later date. Updates will be posted at artsdesign.berkeley.edu. Thank you for your understanding.

Join us for an evening of fierce readings and conversation with renowned poets Danez Smith and Patricia Smith.
Free admission. Doors open at 6 PM.
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3:10 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
3:10 PM
Federico Fellini,
Italy,
1963,
(138 mins)

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

A jaded director (Marcello Mastroianni) fantasizes on his next great film—or his next sexual conquest—in Fellini’s metafictional masterpiece, “probably the most potent movie about filmmaking” (The Guardian). 
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.
  • Russell Merritt
    Lecture
    Film historian Russell Merritt has been introducing films, lecturing, and serving as an occasional guest curator at BAMPFA for more than thirty years.
7 PM
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
7 PM
Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin,
United States,
1969,
(91 mins)

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

New Digital Restoration

This direct cinema study of door-to-door Bible salesmen in Boston slyly underlines the materialism at the heart of the American dream, and revolutionized the documentary form in the 1960s. “Its broader diagnosis has lost none of its truth” (Village Voice).
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Thursday, March 19, 2020
12 PM

This event has been postponed to a later date. Updates will be posted at artsdesign.berkeley.edu. Thank you for your understanding.

A presentation by Bryant Terry, a James Beard Award–winning chef, educator, and author renowned for his activism to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system.
Free admission
Thursday, March 19, 2020
7 PM
Ulrike Ottinger,
Federal Republic of Germany,
1989,
(165 mins)

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

Digital Restoration

The epic adventure of seven Western women travelers on the Trans-Siberian Express who are ambushed by a band of Mongol horsewomen. “A rare and remarkable film. . . . Sumptuously stylized yet ardently observational” (New Yorker).
  • Ulrike Ottinger
    In Person
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Friday, March 20, 2020
5 PM
(90 mins)

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

Borg presents a selection of her films, which interrogate questions of form and explore the pull between the real and the mediated, between nonfiction and the constructed genres of science fiction and horror.
  • Pia Borg
    In Person
7:30 PM
Friday, March 20, 2020
7:30 PM
Francis Ford Coppola,
United States,
1974,
(113 mins)

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

New 35mm Print!

Gene Hackman plays a crack wiretapper in over his head in Coppola’s formalist exercise in paranoia, set in a 1970s San Francisco where—much like today—privacy is elusive and technology can work both for you and against you. Winner, Grand Prize, Cannes Film Festival.
  • James Mockoski
    Introduction
    James Mockoski is a film archivist and postproduction supervisor at American Zoetrope, where he has supervised the restoration of classic films including Dementia 13, Apocalypse Now, and The Rain Peop
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Saturday, March 21, 2020
2:30 PM
Ulrike Ottinger,
Federal Republic of Germany,
1972–73,
(62 mins)

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

Digital Restoration

Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Orlando and featuring Tabea Blumenschein in multiple roles, Ottinger’s visually striking debut film is an allegory on themes of death, destruction, and resurrection. With short Superbia—The Pride.
  • Ulrike Ottinger
    In Person
Saturday, March 21, 2020
5 PM

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

Leaf introduces a selection of her films made between 1969 and 2004. Her intimate, tactile animations focus on familiar spaces that we share as families and communities, with simply observed stories that feel true to life.
  • Caroline Leaf
    In Person
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Sunday, March 22, 2020
12 PM
Ulrike Ottinger,
Germany,
2016,
(193 mins)

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

Ottinger traces the paths of past explorers in a multipart exploration of the peoples, landscapes, and legends of the Bering Sea. This extraordinarily beautiful work is perhaps Ottinger’s magnum opus.
  • Ulrike Ottinger
    In Person
Sunday, March 22, 2020
5 PM

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

Programmed by Alix Blevins

A sound and language performance emerging from poet Anne Lesley Selcer and artist Chris Duncan’s mutual obsession with the transformative power of the sun.
Included with admission
Series Performances
Sunday, March 22, 2020
5 PM

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

Simón Wilches-Castro presents a lecture on the distinct history of Latin American animation—in his words, “the history of a fractured continent trying to figure itself out.” Film clips illustrate and enrich the talk.
  • Simón Wilches-Castro
    Lecture
    Simón Wilches-Castro is an award-winning animation director originally from Colombia and currently based in Los Angeles, where he works as a director at Titmouse Animation Studios.
Sunday, March 22, 2020
7 PM
Federico Fellini,
Italy,
1969,
(130 mins)

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

Digital Restoration

Fellini’s tour of ancient Rome is less historical document than decadent fantasia, following the narrator Encolpius as he searches for his male lover through feasts, festivals, orgies, and death. “A surreal epic” (New York Times).
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Tuesday, March 24, 2020
7 PM
Charles Burnett,
United States,
1977,
(81 mins)

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

New 35mm Print!
Open to BAMPFA members only, this free screening is part of Member Appreciation Month. Not yet a member? Join today!

Charles Burnett’s portrait of working-class African Americans in 1970s Watts is “a great—the greatest—cinematic tone poem of American urban life” (New York).
Free admission. BAMPFA members only. Space for this screening is limited. RSVP by March 16.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020
12 PM

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

Join noted filmmaker, cinematographer, and photographer Ulrike Ottinger and curator Susan Oxtoby for an insightful tour of Ottinger’s MATRIX exhibition.
Included with admission
3:10 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
3:10 PM
Federico Fellini,
Italy,
1970,
(93 mins)

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

Digital Restoration

The Clowns also screens Sunday, April 5 (without lecture).

Fellini’s tribute to the world of the clown is—like so much of his supposedly nonfiction work—part documentary, part autobiography, and suffused with fantasy. “Fellini turns the world into his circus” (Time). 
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.
  • Russell Merritt
    Lecture
    Film historian Russell Merritt has been introducing films, lecturing, and serving as an occasional guest curator at BAMPFA for more than thirty years.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
6:30 PM

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

Open to Curator’s Circle members at the $5,000 level and above 

Join us for dinner and chat with the artist at an art-filled home in celebration of Ulrike Ottinger / MATRIX 276.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
7 PM
Jean-Luc Godard,
France, Switzerland,
1980,
(87 mins)

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

This achingly lyrical film about the selling of the self revolves around three characters: a filmmaker, his estranged partner, and a prostitute. “A stunning, original work” (NY Times). With Isabelle Huppert and Nathalie Baye.
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Thursday, March 26, 2020
7 PM
Péter Bacsó,
Hungary,
1969,
(103 mins)

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

Digital Restoration

A bumbling protagonist fails at a series of assignments before finally showing defiance in this recently restored Hungarian classic, whose acerbic humor and political critique made it renowned in the Soviet bloc. “As broadly entertaining as it is bold” (New York Times).
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Friday, March 27, 2020
11 AM–7 PM

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

For all members

During the weekend of March 27–29, all BAMPFA members can enjoy 20 percent off regular-price items at the BAMPFA Store and coffee drinks at Babette.
Members-only sale
Friday, March 27, 2020
7 PM
Federico Fellini,
Italy,
1976,
(166 mins)

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

Digital Restoration

Donald Sutherland plays Casanova in “Fellini’s most extravagant and courageous dream” (Albert Johnson). “The visual daring and pure imagination of every image leave it as an elegiac farewell to an era of Italian cinema” (Time Out). 
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Saturday, March 28, 2020
11 AM–7 PM

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

For all members

During the weekend of March 27–29, all BAMPFA members can enjoy 20 percent off regular-price items at the BAMPFA Store and coffee drinks at Babette.
Members-only sale
Saturday, March 28, 2020
1 PM
Ulrike Ottinger,
Germany,
2016,
(192 mins)

All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

The second chapter in Ottinger’s voyage to the far north takes her to Chukotka in the Russian Far East, where Asia faces America across the narrow Bering Strait and a society of sea hunters still depend on their catch of fish, seals, and whales.
Saturday, March 28, 2020
5 PM
Raimondas Vabalas,
USSR,
1965,
(78 mins)

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Digital Restoration

A Baltic Duck Soup about the dispute between two nations over a desert borderland, this ambitious, playful film makes colorful fun of fascists and imperialists, patriotism and dogmatism, in a burst of creative satire made the same year as Dr. Strangelove.
Saturday, March 28, 2020
7 PM
Francis Ford Coppola,
United States,
1982,
(107 mins)

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Restored 35mm Print

Frederic Forrest, Teri Garr, Raul Julia, and Nastassia Kinski float through an even more artificial version of Las Vegas in Coppola’s lavishly surreal, giddily romantic valentine to a cinema of pure attractions. “A playful, delightfully unfathomable piece of magic” (Washington Post).
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Sunday, March 29, 2020
11 AM–7 PM

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For all members

During the weekend of March 27–29, all BAMPFA members can enjoy 20 percent off regular-price items at the BAMPFA Store and coffee drinks at Babette.
Members-only sale
Sunday, March 29, 2020
1 PM
Ulrike Ottinger,
Germany,
2016,
(156 mins)

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Continuing her exploration of Chukotka and points north, Ottinger documents varied facets of the region’s natural, cultural, and political history, and travels to the remote outpost of Wrangel Island, home to polar bears and a few hardy humans.
4:30 PM
Sunday, March 29, 2020
4:30 PM
Taghi Amirani,
United Kingdom,
2019,
(119 mins)

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A fascinating investigation into the 1953 Anglo-American coup d’état in Iran that displaced democratically elected prime minister Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed the despotic Mohammad Reza Pahlavi as shah. “Passionate and fearless” (Hollywood Reporter).
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Monday, March 30, 2020
6:30 PM

This event has been postponed to a later date. Updates will be posted at artsdesign.berkeley.edu. Thank you for your understanding.

Russian scholars Margarita Kuleva and Natalia Samutina talk about questions of fairness, inclusion, and cultural innovation in post-Soviet societies.
Free admission. Doors open at 6 PM.
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3:10 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
3:10 PM
Federico Fellini,
Italy,
1973,
(127 mins)

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Digital Restoration

Amarcord also screens Thursday, January 23, and Saturday, March 21 (without lecture).

Fellini’s free-spirited portrait of Rimini in the 1930s, when fascism was a fact of life. “As full of tales as Scheherazade, some romantic, some slapstick, some elegiacal, some bawdy, some mysterious . . . a film of exhilarating beauty” (New York Times).
Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations. 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.
  • David Thomson
    Lecture
    David Thomson is the author of The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies—and What They Have Done to Us; Have You Seen . . . ?
7 PM
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
7 PM
Trinh T. Minh-ha,
United States,
2001,

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Trinh T. Minh-ha’s essayistic work explores Japan’s everyday life and rituals with her usual sense of lyricism, investigation, and play. “Functions as a recurrent melody, appealing to all the senses” (Locarno Film Festival).
  • Trinh T. Minh-ha
    Les Blank Lecture
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4 PM–7 PM
Thursday, April 2, 2020
4 PM–7 PM

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In an era of “fake news,” this selection of works from the museum’s collection explores how art relates to the events of its times.
Free admission
Series Five Tables
6 PM
  • In-Person
  • Performance
Thursday, April 2, 2020
6 PM

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Post:Ballet presents Mine Is Yours and Yours Is Mine, a pair of quartets that explore the complexities of sharing in relationships.
Included with admission
Series Performances
7 PM
Thursday, April 2, 2020
7 PM
Lucian Pintilie,
Romania,
1968,
(100 mins)

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BAMPFA Student Committee Pick!

The police force two friends to reenact a drunken crime on screen—with awkward results—in Lucian Pintilie’s masterful satire, voted best Romanian film of all time in a poll of Romanian critics.
Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations.
  • Gabriel M. Paletz
    Introduction
    A film scholar, journalist, teacher, and curator, Gabriel M. Paletz has written for Variety and now teaches at the Prague Film School in the Czech Republic. 
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Friday, April 3, 2020
12 PM

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Oakland-based artist Steuart Pittman addresses recurring themes of humor, music, craftsmanship, and beauty in Ron Nagle’s work, as well as Nagle’s role as a teacher.
Included with admission
Friday, April 3, 2020
6:30 PM
(117 mins)

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This program also screens Wednesday, March 4, with a lecture by Russell Merritt.

Three Fellini shorts originally released as parts of omnibus films: The Marriage Agency (from the neorealist anthology Love in the City), The Temptations of Doctor Antonio (from the Decameron-inspired sex farce Boccaccio ’70), and Toby Dammit (from the Poe collection Spirits of the Dead). 
Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations.
Friday, April 3, 2020
9 PM
(75 mins)

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Free Admission!
Student Filmmakers in Person

Join the BAMPFA Student Committee for their annual showcase of short films made by students in Berkeley and the wider Bay Area.
Free admission
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Saturday, April 4, 2020
1 PM
Ulrike Ottinger,
Germany,
2016,
(177 mins)

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Ottinger’s Bering Sea voyage concludes with Bering Island and the peninsula of Kamchatka, a land long held in tension between continuity and displacement, beauty and exploitation.
Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations.
Saturday, April 4, 2020
1 PM

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Explore the exhibition Divine Women, Divine Wisdom and develop your observational skills through quick drawing in this workshop offered by the Berkeley Art Studio.
Series Workshops
Saturday, April 4, 2020
1:30 PM

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Discover the vibrant and innovative work of quilt artist Rosie Lee Tompkins on a special tour with American Sign Language interpretation by Patricia Lessard.
Included with admission
Series Guided Tours
Saturday, April 4, 2020
3:30 PM

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Cultural geographers Walker and Lunine discuss themes integral to Lands of Promise and Peril: Geographies of California, including climate change, environmentalism, gentrification, and technological innovation.
Included with admission
5 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Saturday, April 4, 2020
5 PM
Tadeusz Chmielewski,
Poland,
1971,
(99 mins)

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Digital Restoration
Film to Table dinner follows

This lighthearted comedy turns a dysfunctional Warsaw into a slapstick playground worthy of Jacques Tati, balancing criticism and lyricism in its portrait of the forgotten details of daily life in a socialist state.
Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations.
  • Gabriel M. Paletz
    Introduction
    A film scholar, journalist, teacher, and curator, Gabriel M. Paletz has written for Variety and now teaches at the Prague Film School in the Czech Republic.
Saturday, April 4, 2020
6:45 PM

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Four-course dinner with wine pairing

Following our screening of Tadeusz Chmielewski's I Hate Mondays, join fellow cinephiles at our communal table for dinner and warm conversation. 
Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations. $95 per person. Film and dinner tickets must be purchased separately. Call Babette at (510) 684-3046 with questions.
8 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Saturday, April 4, 2020
8 PM
Jean-Luc Godard,
France,
1982,
(87 mins)

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BAMPFA Collection

Two directors create a film based on tableaux vivants of famous paintings, but find the true stories beyond the frames, in Godard’s essay on labor, love, and capital. Isabelle Huppert, Michel Piccoli, and Hanna Schygulla star.
Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations.
  • Tom Luddy
    Introduction
    While working as a producer with American Zoetrope in the 1980s and ’90s, Tom Luddy coordinated the studio’s collaboration with Jean-Luc Godard.