October 2019

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Sunday, September 29, 2019
3:30 PM
Ahn Jae-hoon, Han Hye-jin,
2011,
(98 mins)

Free Admission!
Recommended for ages 10 & up

Three high schoolers come of age in a small Korean town in this warmhearted, hand-drawn animated feature, presented in conjunction with Korea Week 2019.
Free admission. Tickets available at the will-call table beginning at 2:30 PM.
In Coversation
  • Ahn Jae-hoon
    After the screening and Q&A, Ahn Jae-hoon will draw caricatures for interested audience members.
  • Erick Oh
    Korean filmmaker and animator Erick Oh worked at Pixar Animation Studios from 2010 to 2016, and joined the Berkeley-based animation studio Tonko House in 2016. 
Sunday, September 29, 2019
7 PM
Tony Richardson,
United Kingdom,
1962,
(104 mins)

Imported Print

Tom Courtenay in Tony Richardson’s famously experimental narrative recounting the events in the life of a Borstal lad as he runs track—running for his life.
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Monday, September 30, 2019
6:30 PM
Beirut- and Bay Area–based, internationally acclaimed author Rabih Alameddine joins BAMPFA Director and Chief Curator Lawrence Rinder for a conversation on concepts of “strangeness.”
Free admission. Doors open at 6 PM.
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5:30-8 PM
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
5:30-8 PM

Open to all members

Members' reception featuring after-hours access to our fall exhbitions
Space is limited. RSVP by September 23.
Each member cardholder admits two.
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Wednesday, October 2, 2019
12 PM
Exhibition curator Julia White introduces the first US exhibition focused on the art of Sakaki Hyakusen, the founding father of the Nanga school of painting in Japan.
Included with admission
12:15 PM
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
12:15 PM
Explore the spirit of Surrealism with a guided tour of Strange. 
Included with admission
Series Guided Tours
3:10 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
3:10 PM
Tony Richardson,
United Kingdom,
1960,
(97 mins)
Laurence Olivier as a has-been music-hall performer—and Alan Bates and Albert Finney in their screen debuts—in John Osborne’s play-turned-film, Olivier’s “greatest contemporary role” (Pauline Kael).
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, October 2, 2019
7 PM
Luis Buñuel,
France,
1930,
(88 mins)
Buñuel’s Surrealist classic, cowritten by Salvador Dali, represents a golden age of revolutionary filmmaking, a cinema of humor, eros, and outrage. With Jean Vigo’s À propos de Nice.
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2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Thursday, October 3, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

1:15 PM
Thursday, October 3, 2019
1:15 PM
Expert tour guides share highlights of exhibitions on view throughout the museum.
Included with admission
Series Guided Tours
4 PM–7 PM
Thursday, October 3, 2019
4 PM–7 PM
This viewing session is an idiosyncratic celebration of two of the world’s most beautiful cities.
Free admission
Series Five Tables
7 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Thursday, October 3, 2019
7 PM
Shi Dongshan,
China,
1932,
(85 mins)

Digital Restoration

The tale of a young woman’s battle against her bullying father expands into a rousing cry against all tyranny in Shi Dongshan’s strikingly fresh 1932 melodrama, recently rediscovered through a brilliant restoration from the China Film Archive.
  • Paul Fonoroff
    Introduction
    Paul Fonoroff is a film critic, historian, collector, and expert on Chinese cinema.
  • Weihong Bao
    Introduction
    Weihong Bao is an associate professor of East Asian languages and cultures and film studies at UC Berkeley.
  • Zheng Dali
    Introduction
    Zheng Dali will be unable to attend this screening in person as originally announced.
  • Judith Rosenberg
    On Piano
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2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Friday, October 4, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Friday, October 4, 2019
6:00 PM

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

Join Senior Curator of Asian Art Julia White, fellow Curator’s Circle members, and special guests for a festive reception in Babette followed by an intimate tour of Hinges: Sakaki Hyakusen and the Birth of Nanga Painting.
Curator's Circle members only event.
Friday, October 4, 2019
7 PM
Sun Yu,
China,
1932,
(95 mins)

Digital Restoration

A warlord’s lusty nephew destroys a simple farming family’s pastoral idyll and sends its favorite son into tropical exile in Sun Yu’s delirious fusion of Chinese peasant drama with Hollywood-style island exotica.
  • Paul Fonoroff
    Introduction
    Paul Fonoroff is a film critic, historian, collector, and expert on Chinese cinema.
  • Weihong Bao
    Introduction
    Weihong Bao is an associate professor of East Asian languages and cultures and film studies at UC Berkeley.
  • Zheng Dali
    Introduction
    Zheng Dali will be unable to attend this screening in person as originally announced.
  • Judith Rosenberg
    On Piano
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Saturday, October 5, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Saturday, October 5, 2019
1 PM
Complementing Hinges: Sakaki Hyakusen and the Birth of Nanga Painting, this colloquium explores the fascinating relations between Chinese art of the Ming and Qing dynasties and Japanese art of the Edo period, especially Hyakusen’s role in the transformation of painting in eighteenth-century Japan.
Included with admission
4:30 PM
Saturday, October 5, 2019
4:30 PM
Harrod Blank,
United States,
2019,
(93 mins)
A chance encounter between recently transitioned mechanic Rusty Tidenberg and filmmaker Harrod Blank sparked this captivating portrayal of the multifaceted life of a transgender woman, captured through a series of intimate conversations about cars, drag races, and resilience.
Special admission: General: $16.50; BAMPFA members, CFI members: $14; Seniors (65+), disabled persons: $15; Youth (12 & under), students, educators (with valid ID): $8. BAMPFA’s second-feature discount does not apply to these programs. Tickets are nonrefundable and may not be exchanged.
In Person
  • Harrod Blank
  • Rusty Tidenberg
5 PM
Saturday, October 5, 2019
5 PM
Join the Light Appreciation Society for a participatory dive into mind-altering illuminated experimentation and projection play.
Included with admission
Series Workshops
7 PM
  • Film
Saturday, October 5, 2019
7 PM
Wagner Moura,
Brazil,
2019,
(155 mins)
Acclaimed actor Wagner Moura (Narcos) makes his directorial debut with this no-holds-barred biopic of one of Brazil’s most divisive historical figures, the politician and Marxist insurrectionist Carlos Marighella.
Special admission: General: $16.50; BAMPFA members, CFI members: $14; Seniors (65+), disabled persons: $15; Youth (12 & under), students, educators (with valid ID): $8. BAMPFA’s second-feature discount does not apply to these programs. Tickets are nonrefundable and may not be exchanged.
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Sunday, October 6, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

1:30 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Sunday, October 6, 2019
1:30 PM
Zheng Junli,
China,
1950,
(113 mins)

Digital Restoration

Crows and Sparrows also screens with a lecture by UC Berkeley professor Weihong Bao on Saturday, November 16.

A Shanghai apartment building serves as a microcosm of China’s class struggles in Zheng Junli’s striking urban drama, filmed during the last days of China’s Nationalist rule and already looking forward to, as one character says, “a New Society.”
Introduction
  • Paul Fonoroff
    Paul Fonoroff is a film critic, historian, collector, and expert on Chinese cinema.
  • Zheng Dali
    Zheng Dali will be unable to attend this screening in person as originally announced.
2 PM
Sunday, October 6, 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
5 PM
Sunday, October 6, 2019
5 PM
Lauren Greenfield,
Denmark, United States,
2019,
(100 mins)
First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos was notorious for her lavish lifestyle before she and her husband Ferdinand were forced into exile during the 1986 revolution. Now she’s back, a return captured in this unvarnished portrait by Lauren Greenfield (The Queen of Versailles).
Special admission: General: $16.50; BAMPFA members, CFI members: $14; Seniors (65+), disabled persons: $15; Youth (12 & under), students, educators (with valid ID): $8. BAMPFA’s second-feature discount does not apply to these programs. Tickets are nonrefundable and may not be exchanged.
7:30 PM
Sunday, October 6, 2019
7:30 PM
Corneliu Porumboiu,
France, Germany, Romania, Sweden,
2019,
(97 mins)
Acclaimed director Corneliu Porumboiu delivers a sleek, exhilarating thriller about an undercover cop who learns an obscure whistling language while infiltrating the mob. It’s a stunningly smart genre exercise full of double-crosses, showdowns, and seductions.
Special admission: General: $16.50; BAMPFA members, CFI members: $14; Seniors (65+), disabled persons: $15; Youth (12 & under), students, educators (with valid ID): $8. BAMPFA’s second-feature discount does not apply to these programs. Tickets are nonrefundable and may not be exchanged.
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Monday, October 7, 2019
6:30 PM
Artist Nona Faustine discusses her work at the intersection between past and present, individual identity and collective history.
Free admission. Doors open at 6 PM.
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12:15 PM
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
12:15 PM
Explore the spirit of Surrealism with a guided tour of Strange. 
Included with admission
Series Guided Tours
3:10 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
3:10 PM
Joseph Losey,
United Kingdom,
1963,
(115 mins)
Let’s play master and servant! Dirk Bogarde and James Fox do it in this striking parable on class conflict, Joseph Losey’s first collaboration with Harold Pinter.
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, October 9, 2019
7 PM
Jeanne C. Finley, Lyazzat Khanim,
United States,
2019,
(92 mins)
This haunting, poetic film calls forth the dreams of teenage orphans in Kazakhstan, who use words, pictures, and music to craft mesmerizing prophecies of what adulthood and independence will mean to them. With Carol Dysinger’s Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl).
Special admission: General: $16.50; BAMPFA members, CFI members: $14; Seniors (65+), disabled persons: $15; Youth (12 & under), students, educators (with valid ID): $8. BAMPFA’s second-feature discount does not apply to these programs. Tickets are nonrefundable and may not be exchanged.
In Person
  • Jeanne C. Finley
  • Carol Dysinger
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2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Thursday, October 10, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Thursday, October 10, 2019
12 PM

As part of the UC Berkeley campus power shutdown, BAMPFA will be closed until further notice for gallery visitors, film screenings, classes, and library access. More info

A talk by Aza Raskin, a cofounder of the Center for Humane Technology, which is leading the charge in reversing the digital attention crisis and realigning technology with humanity’s best interests.
CANCELED
Free admission
Thursday, October 10, 2019
6:30 PM
Cai Chusheng, Zheng Junli,
China,
1947,
(189 mins)

Digital Restoration

Rescheduled
This film has been rescheduled to screen Saturday, November 16.

Included on the Hong Kong Film Awards list of the greatest Chinese-language films of all time, this decades-spanning epic following a couple’s separation during the Sino-Japanese War has been called China’s Gone with the Wind.
Presented with intermission
Thursday, October 10, 2019
7 PM
Jacob Kornbluth,
United States,
2013,
(114 mins)

Rescheduled
This film has been rescheduled to screen Thursday, October 24.

In this entertaining, still timely documentary, UC Berkeley professor Robert Reich takes on the American economy. “Smart, funny and articulate” (Los Angeles Times). With Gail Dolgin and Robin Fryday’s The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement.
Free on the outdoor screen
In Person
  • Robert Reich
    Robert B. Reich is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and senior fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies.
  • Jacob Kornbluth
  • Robin Fryday
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2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Friday, October 11, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Friday, October 11, 2019
3 PM
Feras Fayyad,
Denmark, Germany, Qatar, Syria, United States,
2019,
(96 mins)

This screening has been canceled due to the UC Berkeley campus power shutdown. If you have purchased tickets online for a Mill Valley Film Festival screening via the MVFF website, please call 415.383.5256 or contact info@cafilm.org for information on refunds. Note: If you purchased in person at BAMPFA, please email bampfa@berkeley.edu or call 510.642.1412 during regular business hours.

The Oscar-nominated team behind Last Men in Aleppo takes us to “The Cave,” an underground hospital in war-torn Syria. The camera is a mute witness to the heroic staff’s daily efforts to keep a grasp on ordinary life even as they cope with an endless stream of grave obstacles.
Special admission: General: $16.50; BAMPFA members, CFI members: $14; Seniors (65+), disabled persons: $15; Youth (12 & under), students, educators (with valid ID): $8. BAMPFA’s second-feature discount does not apply to these programs. Tickets are nonrefundable and may not be exchanged.
5:30 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Friday, October 11, 2019
5:30 PM
Miia Tervo,
Finland,
2019,
(105 mins)

This screening has been canceled due to the UC Berkeley campus power shutdown. If you have purchased tickets online for a Mill Valley Film Festival screening via the MVFF website, please call 415.383.5256 or contact info@cafilm.org for information on refunds. Note: If you purchased in person at BAMPFA, please email bampfa@berkeley.edu or call 510.642.1412 during regular business hours.

Hard-partying, commitment-phobic Aurora is true to her name—at once luminous and dark, beautiful and bound to burn out. An encounter with an Iranian man seeking asylum in Finland gives her new purpose and takes the film in unexpected directions.
Special admission: General: $16.50; BAMPFA members, CFI members: $14; Seniors (65+), disabled persons: $15; Youth (12 & under), students, educators (with valid ID): $8. BAMPFA’s second-feature discount does not apply to these programs. Tickets are nonrefundable and may not be exchanged.
In Person
  • Mimosa Willamo
  • Miia Tervo
    Miia Tervo will be unable to attend this screening in person as originally announced.
Friday, October 11, 2019
8 PM
Abbas Kiarostami,
Iran,
1989,
(112 mins)

Digital Restoration

Rescheduled
This film has been rescheduled to screen Saturday, November 23.

In a series of interviews with grade-school boys on the topic of homework, much is revealed on the topic of life. With shorts Breaktime and Orderly or Disorderly.
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11:30 AM–1 PM
Saturday, October 12, 2019
11:30 AM–1 PM

For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

 

Inspired by works of Zen calligraphy in Meditation in Motion, explore ways of drawing words to visually express their meaning and create fragments of poetry in response to works of art.
Free for kids 18 & under and for one adult per child 13 & under
  • Beth Krebs
    With artist
    Beth Krebs is an artist and educator with an MFA from Rutgers University.
Series Family Events
12 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Saturday, October 12, 2019
12 PM
Taghi Amirani,
United Kingdom,
2019,
(119 mins)
Cowritten and edited by Oscar winner Walter Murch, this documentary is 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.
Special admission: General: $16.50; BAMPFA members, CFI members: $14; Seniors (65+), disabled persons: $15; Youth (12 & under), students, educators (with valid ID): $8. BAMPFA’s second-feature discount does not apply to these programs. Tickets are nonrefundable and may not be exchanged.
In Person
  • Taghi Amirani
  • Walter Murch
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1 PM–2:30 PM
Saturday, October 12, 2019
1 PM–2:30 PM

For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

 

Inspired by works of Zen calligraphy in Meditation in Motion, explore ways of drawing words to visually express their meaning and create fragments of poetry in response to works of art.
Free for kids 18 & under and for one adult per child 13 & under
  • Beth Krebs
    With artist
    Beth Krebs is an artist and educator with an MFA from Rutgers University.
Series Family Events
Saturday, October 12, 2019
1:30 PM
Explore the spirit of Surrealism with a special guided tour of Strange featuring expert ASL interpretation. 
Included with admission
Series Guided Tours
2:30 PM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Saturday, October 12, 2019
2:30 PM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Saturday, October 12, 2019
3 PM

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

 

In the Upside-Down Magic class at Dunwiddle Magic School, the spells go wonky at the worst possible moments. Join us to start reading this delightful book and pick up a copy to keep reading at home.
Free for kids 18 & under and for one adult per child 13 & under
  • Cheryl Meibos
    Reading led by
    Cheryl Meibos is a librarian for the West Contra Costa Unified School District.
Series Family Events
3:15 PM
Saturday, October 12, 2019
3:15 PM
Agnès Varda, Didier Rouget,
France,
2019,
(115 mins)
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 accomplished skill, inimitable charm, wit, reverie, and copious wonder.
Special admission: General: $16.50; BAMPFA members, CFI members: $14; Seniors (65+), disabled persons: $15; Youth (12 & under), students, educators (with valid ID): $8. BAMPFA’s second-feature discount does not apply to these programs. Tickets are nonrefundable and may not be exchanged.
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Saturday, October 12, 2019
5 PM
Queer curatorial platform HUSH-HUSH presents Crummy Sheets, a new performance devised by writer Brittany Newell, performance maker and scholar Ryan Tacata, and artist Silk Worm.
Included with admission
5:45 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Saturday, October 12, 2019
5:45 PM
Zheng Junli,
China,
1959,
(115 mins)

Digital Restoration

Shot in gorgeous color, this fascinating communist flipside to fifties Hollywood music biopics chronicles the life and tragic early death of Nie Er, the composer of the PRC’s national anthem.
  • Weihong Bao
    Introduction
    Weihong Bao is an associate professor of East Asian languages and cultures and film studies at UC Berkeley.
8:15 PM
Saturday, October 12, 2019
8:15 PM
Gus Van Sant,
United States,
2007,
(85 mins)

Cinematography by Rain Li and Christopher Doyle

A young Portland skateboarder finds himself over his head in Gus Van Sant’s dreamy examination of bodies in motion and teen lives in stasis. Rain Li’s Super 8 footage complements images by longtime Wong Kar-wai collaborator Christopher Doyle.
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Sunday, October 13, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Sunday, October 13, 2019
1:30 PM

Programmed by Cole Solinger

Readings by Bay Area Poetry Marathon curator Eric Dolan, Salvadoran-American rapper/actor Fego Navarro, and award-winning poet, movement worker, and educator Tongo Eisen-Martin.
Included with admission
Series Readings
2 PM
Sunday, October 13, 2019
2 PM
Explore the spirit of Surrealism with a guided tour of Strange. 
Included with admission
Series Guided Tours
Sunday, October 13, 2019
2:30 PM
Judith Montell, Emmy Scharlatt,
Israel, Palestine, United States,
2014,
(61 mins)
Get a first-person POV on Palestinian life under Israeli occupation from this powerful film that grew out of The Camera Project, which empowered Palestinian women on the West Bank to capture their day-to-day experiences and struggles.
In Person
  • Judith Montell
  • Emmy Scharlatt
4:30 PM
Sunday, October 13, 2019
4:30 PM
Abbas Kiarostami,
Iran,
1984,
(101 mins)

Digital Restoration

Play meets punishment in Kiarostami’s documentary on first-graders reporting for their first day of school. With shorts Two Solutions for One Problem and Solution.
5:30 PM
  • In-Person
  • Performance
Sunday, October 13, 2019
5:30 PM

Programmed by Graeme Vanderstoel

Phenomenal pianist Sarah Cahill teams up with Gamelan Sari Raras for two special performances of Lou Harrison’s 1986 Concerto for Piano with Javanese Gamelan, one of the most beautiful of the composer’s hybrid works combining Eastern and Western instruments.
Included with admission. Seating for Full is limited.
Series Full
7 PM
Sunday, October 13, 2019
7 PM
Lindsay Anderson,
United Kingdom,
1963,
(129 mins)
Richard Harris as the essential working-class antihero, a bruised and bruising rugby player in England’s North Country, in Lindsay Anderson’s forceful, psychologically complex first feature, noted for introducing a truly modern sensibility to British cinema.
7:30 PM
  • In-Person
  • Performance
Sunday, October 13, 2019
7:30 PM

Programmed by Graeme Vanderstoel

Phenomenal pianist Sarah Cahill teams up with Gamelan Sari Raras for two special performances of Lou Harrison’s 1986 Concerto for Piano with Javanese Gamelan, one of the most beautiful of the composer’s hybrid works combining Eastern and Western instruments.
Included with admission. Seating for Full is limited.
Series Full
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6:30 PM
  • Free
  • In-Person
  • Performance
  • Reading
Monday, October 14, 2019
6:30 PM
Celebrating UNESCO’s International Year of Indigenous Language, visual artists, dancers, and writers celebrate the creative pulse of the languages sustaining their works.
Free admission. Doors open at 6 PM.
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12:15 PM
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
12:15 PM
Explore the spirit of Surrealism with a guided tour of Strange. 
Included with admission
Series Guided Tours
3:10 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
3:10 PM
Lindsay Anderson,
United Kingdom,
1968,
(111 mins)

Digital Restoration

In 1968, the boarding school as metaphor for social control was a shot heard ’round the world. “A modern classic” (Time Out).
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 . . . ?
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
7 PM
(75 mins)
Found footage maestro Scott Stark twists the detritus of industrial imagery into (in his words) “a pulsing, kinetic, intensely dramatic visual joyride.” He presents films made over the last three decades, plus the performance piece Love and the Epiphanists.
  • Scott Stark
    In Person
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2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Thursday, October 17, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Thursday, October 17, 2019
12 PM
A talk by Refik Anadol, an Istanbul-born media artist, director, and pioneer in the aesthetics of machine intelligence.
Free admission
Thursday, October 17, 2019
7 PM
(119 mins)
How Native Americans see and are seen: The Silent Enemy, a melodrama made in collaboration with Native American actors recounting Ojibwe life before European colonization, is accompanied by shorts Ishi in Two Worlds, Geronimo Jones, and Report from Wounded Knee.
  • Michelle Raheja
    Introduction
    Michelle Raheja is an associate professor of English at UC Riverside and author of Reservation Reelism: Redfacing, Visual Sovereignty, and Representations of Native Americans in Film.
  • Margherita Ghetti
    In Conversation
    Margherita Ghetti holds a PhD in Italian studies from UC Berkeley. She is a film curatorial intern at BAMPFA and works as a programmer for several Bay Area film festivals.
  • Hertha D. Sweet Wong
    In Conversation
    Hertha D. Sweet Wong, professor of English and associate dean of arts and humanities at UC Berkeley, teaches and writes about indigenous literatures.
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2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Friday, October 18, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Friday, October 18, 2019
4 PM
Franz Osten,
Germany, India, United Kingdom,
1928,
(105 mins)

East Bay Premiere of Digital Restoration!

This ravishing silent epic tells the romantic tale behind the creation of the Taj Mahal. We present a recent restoration featuring a stunning new score from sitar master Anoushka Shankar.
Friday, October 18, 2019
6:30 PM
Seifollah Samadian,
Iran,
2016,
(76 mins)

Screenings presented in Theater 2

Made by a close friend and collaborator, this intimate and subtly revealing portrait follows Kiarostami in Iran and abroad, at work as a photographer, filmmaker, installation artist, and poet.
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Friday, October 18, 2019
7 PM
Peter Adair, Nancy Adair, Veronica Selver, Andrew Brown, Robert Epstein, Lucy Massie Phenix,
United States,
1977,
(133 mins)
Perhaps the first feature-length documentary on gay and lesbian identity, and still relevant today, this film features interviews with a diverse group of individuals, including poet Elsa Gidlow, activist Sally Gearhart, inventor John Burnside, civil rights leader Harry Hay, and filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky.
  • Mariposa Film Group Members
    In Person
    Andrew Brown, Rob Epstein, Lucy Phenix, and Veronica Selver expected to appear.   
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Saturday, October 19, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Saturday, October 19, 2019
1:30 PM

Homecoming Weekend: Plan ahead
With the Cal Football game at 11:30 AM, expect increased traffic and limited parking.

Contextualizing The San Quentin Project, this colloquium brings together UC Berkeley faculty from the fields of law, social welfare, and literature, along with artist Nigel Poor, to discuss the power of personal narrative and how narratives of incarceration have taken shape across disciplines.
Included with admission
5 PM
  • Film
Saturday, October 19, 2019
5 PM
John Schlesinger,
United Kingdom,
1965,
(127 mins)

Film to Table dinner follows

Homecoming Weekend: Plan ahead
With the Cal Football game at 11:30 AM, expect increased traffic and limited parking.

Schlesinger’s time capsule of Swinging London, with Julie Christie as a model on the make, Dirk Bogarde, and Laurence Harvey. “Diamond-hard, diamond-bright” (New Yorker).
7:30 PM
  • Activity
  • Film
Saturday, October 19, 2019
7:30 PM

Four-course dinner with wine pairing

Following our screening of John Schlesinger’s Darling, join fellow cinephiles at our communal table for dinner and warm conversation. 
$85 per person. Film and dinner tickets must be purchased separately. Call Babette at (510) 684-3046 with questions.
8 PM
  • Film
Saturday, October 19, 2019
8 PM
Abbas Kiarostami,
Iran,
1990,
(98 mins)
An unemployed film fanatic who impersonated director Mohsen Makhmalbaf is the subject of Kiarostami’s mind-bending docu-fictional masterpiece, which reenacts the entire affair with the impersonator and Makhmalbaf himself.
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12–2:30 PM
  • In-Person
  • Performance
  • Workshop
Sunday, October 20, 2019
12–2:30 PM
(150 mins)
In anticipation of the Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers, join FLACC artists and dance makers Liz Boubion and Karla Quintero for a workshop in site-specific performance making.
Included with admission
Series Workshops
11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Sunday, October 20, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

2 PM
  • Art
  • In-Person
  • Workshop
Sunday, October 20, 2019
2 PM
In conjunction with the exhibition The San Quentin Project, two workshops offer artmaking experiences that draw on somatic and expressive arts therapy to explore resilience.
Free with admission.
2 PM
Sunday, October 20, 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
Sunday, October 20, 2019
3 PM
Seifollah Samadian,
Iran,
2016,
(76 mins)

Screenings presented in Theater 2

Made by a close friend and collaborator, this intimate and subtly revealing portrait follows Kiarostami in Iran and abroad, at work as a photographer, filmmaker, installation artist, and poet.
4:30 PM
Sunday, October 20, 2019
4:30 PM
Zheng Junli,
China,
1951,
(95 mins)

Digital Restoration

A Shanghai intellectual marries an illiterate peasant woman–turned–collectivist hero in this Maoist take on the Hollywood marriage melodrama, as fascinating an example of genre filmmaking in the PRC as you’ll find.
7 PM
Sunday, October 20, 2019
7 PM
Sarah Polley,
Canada,
2012,
(108 mins)

Cinematography by Iris Ng

Actress-turned-director Sarah Polley sets her gaze toward her own family history—and her remarkable, remarkably unconventional mother—in this moving, constantly surprising documentary on home life, marriage, and female independence. “Revelatory” (New York Times).
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6:30 PM
Monday, October 21, 2019
6:30 PM
Can a machine create its own art? Artist Leonel Moura considers the question, which is at the core of his work with robotics and artificial intelligence.
Free admission. Doors open at 6 PM.
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7 PM
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
7 PM
Connie Field,
United States,
2018,
(87 mins)
Longtime activist/filmmaker Connie Field (The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter) follows the Kronos Quartet’s production of the opera My Lai. With short Hale, on the influential Bay Area disability-rights activist Hale Zukas.
In Person
  • Connie Field
  • Gregory Scharpen
  • Brad Bailey
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12:15 PM
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
12:15 PM
Explore the spirit of Surrealism with a guided tour of Strange. 
Included with admission
Series Guided Tours
3:10 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
3:10 PM
Michelangelo Antonioni,
United Kingdom,
1966,
(110 mins)

Digital Restoration

Michelangelo Antonioni chose Swinging London as the setting for “a cryptic murder mystery . . . a landmark of the decade’s observational outrage and Pop disposability” (Time Out).
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
  • Film
  • In-Person
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
7 PM
Marlon Riggs,
United States,
1989,
(64 mins)
BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

Tongues Untied is also presented in a free screening on Monday, November 25 (with Ken Light, Darieck B. Scott, and Leila Weefur in conversation).

Riggs’s riveting combination of interviews, performance, stock footage, autobiography, poetry, and dance reveals the revolutionary potential of black men loving black men. With Riggs’s short Anthem.
  • Elena Gross
    Introduction
    Elena Gross is exhibitions associate at the Museum of the African Diaspora and an independent writer and culture critic living in Oakland. 
  • Vivian Kleiman
    In Conversation
    Vivian Kleiman is a Peabody Award–winning documentary filmmaker and producer. She cofounded Signifyin’ Works with Marlon Riggs and worked on many of his videos.
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2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Thursday, October 24, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Thursday, October 24, 2019
12 PM
Yanni Loukissas delivers a talk drawing on his new monograph, All Data Are Local: Thinking Critically in a Data-Driven Society.
Free admission
7 PM
  • Film
Thursday, October 24, 2019
7 PM
John Schlesinger,
United Kingdom,
1963,
(98 mins)

’Scope Print

John Schlesinger’s Billy Liar broke with kitchen-sink realism to provide star-making roles for Tom Courtenay as a daydreaming undertaker’s assistant and Julie Christie as a wistful beatnik.
Thursday, October 24, 2019
7 PM
Jacob Kornbluth,
United States,
2013,
(114 mins)
In this entertaining, still timely documentary, UC Berkeley professor Robert Reich takes on the American economy. “Smart, funny and articulate” (Los Angeles Times). With Gail Dolgin and Robin Fryday’s The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement.
Free on the outdoor screen
In Person
  • Jacob Kornbluth
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2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Friday, October 25, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Friday, October 25, 2019
4 PM
(81 mins)
This program puts the work of Marlon Riggs in conversation with that of other artists reflecting on, affirming, and celebrating their identities, including Julie Dash, Isaac Julien, Thomas Allen Harris, and Brontez Purnell.
  • Brontez Purnell
    In Person
7 PM
  • Film
Friday, October 25, 2019
7 PM
Jacques Tati,
France, Italy,
1967,
(124 mins)
Tati’s vision of sixties Paris is “perhaps the most madly modernistic work of anti-modernism in the history of cinema” (New Yorker). Jonathan Rosenbaum called it one of the ten greatest films of all time.
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Saturday, October 26, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Saturday, October 26, 2019
3 PM
(71 mins)

Digital Restorations
Recommended for ages 10 & up

Anyone curious about what episodes of Sesame Street would look like if they were directed by one of the world’s greatest filmmakers should catch this collection of shorts by Kiarostami, made for an Iranian children’s cultural institute.
Saturday, October 26, 2019
5 PM

Programmed by Ryanaustin Dennis and Chika Okoye

Writer Ruth Gebreyesus introduces four short films from Ephraim Esili’s Diaspora Suite, built around footage shot in American and international locations—each an important site in the African diaspora.
Included with admission
Series Black Life
Saturday, October 26, 2019
5:30 PM
Karel Reisz,
United Kingdom,
1960,
(90 mins)
Albert Finney’s star-making turn as a young Nottingham factory worker to the manner born, a consummate boozer, lover, gambler, and philosopher.
7:30 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Saturday, October 26, 2019
7:30 PM
Cai Chusheng,
China,
1935,
(95 mins)

Digital Restoration

A strong-willed teacher and writer (Ruan Lingyu) is driven to despair by gossip and lecherous men in this hard-hitting melodrama that gained further power from Ruan’s own post-filming suicide.
  • Judith Rosenberg
    On Piano
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2
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Sunday, October 27, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

1 PM
Sunday, October 27, 2019
1 PM
What’s the difference between a picture, an image, a photograph, a print, a portrait, a piece, a post? Explore this evolving question and learn to print your photographs on the risograph using color separation techniques.
Included with admission
Series Workshops
2 PM
  • Families
  • Film
Sunday, October 27, 2019
2 PM
Jacques Tati,
France,
1953,
(88 mins)

Recommended for ages 9 & up

This cinematic postcard from a seaside summer resort is “the most important comic work in world cinema since the Marx Brothers and W. C. Fields . . . an event in the history of sound film” (André Bazin).
2 PM
Sunday, October 27, 2019
2 PM
Explore the spirit of Surrealism with a guided tour of Strange. 
Included with admission
Series Guided Tours
4 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Sunday, October 27, 2019
4 PM
Dawn Valadez, Katie Galloway,
United States,
2018,
This documentary tells the true story of Victor Rios, a former prisoner and Oakland gang member who became an award-winning professor, author, and mentor. With Serginho Roosblad’s short on the infamous MacArthur freeway interchange, The Maze.
In Person
  • Dawn Valadez
  • Katie Galloway
  • Serginho Roosblad
Sunday, October 27, 2019
7 PM
Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill,
United Kingdom, United States,
2004,
(93 mins)

Cinematography by Joan Churchill

This riveting portrait of serial killer Aileen Wuornos brings us face-to-face with a defiant, increasingly delusional woman about to be executed—and dares to find her humanity. “A haunting look at a life gone wrong” (Film Society of Lincoln Center).
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Monday, October 28, 2019
5:30 PM

Open to Curator’s Circle members at the $2,500 level and above 

Join us for wine and small bites in BAMPFA’s Babette cafe before tonight's Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA lecture, which features Nigel Poor's San Quentin Project. As co-host of this event, Shannon Jackson  — Associate Vice Chancellor for the Arts + Design — will share thoughts about the significance of the project, in dialogue with featured artists and speakers, Nigel Poor and Michael Nelson. 
Curator's Circle members only event.
Monday, October 28, 2019
6:30 PM

This talk is expected to reach theater capacity. Please arrive by 6 PM to secure a seat; seats will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Once the Osher Theater is full, join us in the Bakar Atrium immediately outside the theater to watch a simulcast of the talk.

Livestream
A livestream will be available on the Berkeley Art + Design YouTube channel.

Artist Nigel Poor presents collaborative projects she has worked on inside San Quentin Prison, including the work on view in The San Quentin Project and the award-winning podcast Ear Hustle; Michael Nelson, whose work is featured in the exhibition, joins her in conversation.
Free admission. Doors open at 6 PM.
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12:15 PM
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
12:15 PM
Explore the spirit of Surrealism with a guided tour of Strange. 
Included with admission
Series Guided Tours
4 PM–7 PM
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
4 PM–7 PM
In conjunction with this year’s Bay Area Science Festival, the BAMPFA art study centers present a special Five Tables viewing of art with a scientific bent.
Free admission
Series Five Tables
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
7 PM
(70 mins)
Indigenous filmmaker Sky Hopinka presents his “ethnopoetic” films, “wellsprings of beauty and mystery, filled with surprising confluences of speech and song, color and motion” (Artforum).
In Conversation
  • Sky Hopinka
  • Almudena Escobar López
    Almudena Escobar López is time-based media curatorial assistant at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, New York, and a PhD candidate in visual and cultural studies at the University of Rochester; s
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2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Thursday, October 31, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Thursday, October 31, 2019
7 PM
Bryan Forbes,
United Kingdom,
1964,
(116 mins)

BAMPFA Collection

Decades later this tale of a London kidnapping remains suspenseful; creepy, too, since ransom is not the reason. Kim Stanley as a medium and Richard Attenborough as her milquetoast mate are “utterly superb” (Time Out).
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2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Friday, November 1, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

4 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Friday, November 1, 2019
4 PM
Marlon Riggs,
United States,
1986,
(145 mins)
Riggs interrogates how material culture perpetuates racial stereotypes in this powerful and unblinking work. Followed by Color Adjustment, in which Riggs extends his examination to network television.
  • Herman S. Gray
    Introduction
    Herman Gray is a professor of sociology at UC Santa Cruz and has published widely in the areas of black cultural theory, politics, and media.
7 PM
Friday, November 1, 2019
7 PM
Abbas Kiarostami,
Iran,
1997,
(95 mins)

Digital Restoration

The Cannes prizewinning mystery of a man who searches for someone to help him commit suicide. Naturally, everyone he meets has an opinion on the subject. “A masterpiece” (The Nation).
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Saturday, November 2, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Saturday, November 2, 2019
3 PM
Seifollah Samadian,
Iran,
2016,
(76 mins)

Screenings presented in Theater 2

Made by a close friend and collaborator, this intimate and subtly revealing portrait follows Kiarostami in Iran and abroad, at work as a photographer, filmmaker, installation artist, and poet.
3 PM
  • In-Person
  • Reading
Saturday, November 2, 2019
3 PM
Arts journalist Jori Finkel introduces her new book It Speaks to Me, in which fifty celebrated artists talk about the eye-opening and thought-provoking art that has inspired them.
Included with admission
Series Readings
3:30 PM
Saturday, November 2, 2019
3:30 PM
Jacques Tati,
France,
1949,
(87 mins)

Original B&W Version

Tati’s first feature is a charming portrait of a rural village, where the bumbling local postman is inspired to American-style efficiency by a newsreel in a traveling fair. “Everyone loves Jour de fête” (New Yorker).
5:30 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Saturday, November 2, 2019
5:30 PM
Sun Yu,
China,
1935,
(108 mins)

Digital Restoration

A group of Chinese youth awaken to their patriotic duty while building a strategic highway in Sun Yu’s stirring agitprop drama, set during the Japanese invasion and starring a who’s-who of legendary Chinese actors, including Jin Yan (the “Chinese Valentino”), Zheng Junli, and Li Lili.
  • Weihong Bao
    Introduction
    Weihong Bao is an associate professor of East Asian languages and cultures and film studies at UC Berkeley.
  • Judith Rosenberg
    On Piano
Saturday, November 2, 2019
8 PM
Cheryl Dunye,
United States,
1996,
(81 mins)
Cheryl Dunye’s first feature, on a lesbian video-store clerk and would-be filmmaker who becomes obsessed with the career of an early “race film” star, is “funky screwball comedy in the key of queer” (B. Ruby Rich).