August 2019

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4:30 PM
Sunday, July 28, 2019
4:30 PM
Claudia Llosa,
Peru, Spain,
2009,
(124 mins)

Cinematography by Natasha Braier

The niece of novelist Mario Vargas Llosa fashioned this provocative, poetic fable of the survivors of a generation of political violence, as the daughter of an indigenous woman learns more about her mother’s life—and suffering. With Bertrand Bonello’s short Sarah Winchester, Ghost Opera.
7 PM
Sunday, July 28, 2019
7 PM
Fritz Lang,
United States,
1952,
(89 mins)
Arthur Kennedy searches for the bandit who killed his fiancée, and finds Marlene Dietrich, in this brilliantly curdled western-psychodrama.
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12:00 PM
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
12:00 PM
Join artist Dennis Feldman as he discusses the portrait, interior, and landscape photographs on view in the current exhibition of his work, emphasizing how the camera sees the world differently from the ways our eyes and minds model it.
Included with admission
7 PM
  • Film
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
7 PM
Masaki Kobayashi,
Japan,
1962,
(135 mins)
Tatsuya Nakadai is a penniless samurai who asks a wealthy clan’s permission to commit ritual suicide—though that’s not the only killing on his mind. “Probably the best samurai film ever made” (Washington Post).
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2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Thursday, August 1, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

1:15 PM
Thursday, August 1, 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, August 1, 2019
4 PM–7 PM
If the meek shall inherit the earth, the works on view in the study center show what a grand—also rocky, sandy, and dirty—inheritance this might be.
Free admission
Series Five Tables
Thursday, August 1, 2019
6:00 PM

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

Curator's Circle members join photographer Dennis Feldman and exhibition curator Elaine Y. Yau for a reception and intimate tour to celebrate the opening of Dennis Feldman: Photographs.
Curator's Circle members-only event.
RSVPs open soon.
7 PM
Thursday, August 1, 2019
7 PM
Jacques Rivette,
France, Switzerland,
1989,
(156 mins)

Cinematography by Caroline Champetier

Performance, life, and cinema merge in Rivette’s metaphysical mystery. “One of the director’s most spellbinding explorations of the sometimes terrifyingly thin line between everyday life and the strangeness beneath it” (Film Society of Lincoln Center).
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2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Friday, August 2, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

6:30 PM
Friday, August 2, 2019
6:30 PM
Abbas Kiarostami,
Iran,
1974,
(81 mins)

Digital Restoration

A young boy in a rural village schemes and dreams his way to a big-city soccer match in Kiarostami’s first feature, similar to The 400 Blows. With short Bread and Alley.
8:30 PM
  • Film
Friday, August 2, 2019
8:30 PM
Jean Luc Godard,
France,
1967,
(105 mins)
“Godard’s vision of bourgeois cataclysm. . . . A savage Swiftian satire, it traces a new Gulliver’s travels through the collapsing consumer society as a married couple set out for a weekend jaunt” (Time Out). Léaud has a revolutionary cameo.
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Saturday, August 3, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Saturday, August 3, 2019
1:00 PM
Francesco Rosi,
Italy,
1979,
(250 mins)

Bay Area Premiere of Full-Length Digital Restoration

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.
6 PM
Saturday, August 3, 2019
6 PM
Fritz Lang,
United States,
1952,
(100 mins)
A killer cast—Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Ryan, Marilyn Monroe—star as fated misfits in Monterey. A classic noir, shot on location, “brisk, tense, crackling” (Los Angeles Times).
8:15 PM
  • Film
Saturday, August 3, 2019
8:15 PM
Mel Stuart,
United States,
1973,
(103 mins)

BAMPFA Collection

This vibrant, essential document of the Stax soul scene (and the Black Power era) captures a seven-hour concert held in commemoration of the Watts uprising. Featuring Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers, Richard Pryor, and more.
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Sunday, August 4, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

2 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Workshop
Sunday, August 4, 2019
2 PM
Explore the intersections of language, image, and identity by creating a visual translation of a poem.
Included with admission
Series Workshops
5 PM
  • Film
Sunday, August 4, 2019
5 PM
Alain Gomis,
Senegal,
2012,
(89 mins)

Cinematography by Crystel Fournier

American musician/slam poet Saul Williams stars in this dreamlike Senegalese fable of one man’s last day on earth, as prescribed by fate. “Spiritual, soulful and captivating” (Hollywood Reporter). 
Sunday, August 4, 2019
7 PM
Abbas Kiarostami,
Iran,
1999,
(118 mins)

Digital Restoration

A television crew arrives at a remote Kurdish village to await a mourning ritual. While they wait for death, life happens. “A stunningly lyrical and eloquent exploration of both rural village life and the nature of artistic responsibility” (New York Times).
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Wednesday, August 7, 2019
7 PM
Masaki Kobayashi,
Japan,
1962,
(107 mins)

BAMPFA Collection

A dying businessman sets off a family scandal by announcing that his fortune will go to his illegitimate children in Kobayashi’s melodrama. A wry condemnation of Japanese postwar materialism, perfectly chilled by Toru Takemitsu’s jazzy score.
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2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Thursday, August 8, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Thursday, August 8, 2019
6:30 PM
Francesco Rosi,
Italy,
1979,
(250 mins)

Bay Area Premiere of Full-Length Digital Restoration

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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Thursday, August 8, 2019
7 PM
D. A. Pennebaker,
United States,
1968,
(79 mins)
Legendary performances by Otis Redding, the Mamas and the Papas, the Who, Jimi Hendrix, and more jump off the screen in Pennebaker’s document of the legendary music festival. “The first great pop festival, the first great festival film” (Greil Marcus). With Jimi Plays Berkeley, filmed at Hendrix’s 1970 Berkeley shows.
At Outdoor Screen
Free on the outdoor screen
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2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Friday, August 9, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Friday, August 9, 2019
6:30 PM
Fritz Lang,
United States,
1956,
(80 mins)

Archival Print

A crusading newspaperman hopes to prove the cruelty of capital punishment—by framing himself for murder—in Lang’s last, low-budget, nihilistic noir. Dana Andrews and Joan Fontaine star.
8:15 PM
Friday, August 9, 2019
8:15 PM
Kiyoshi Kurosawa,
Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands,
2008,
(119 mins)

Imported Print
Cinematography by Akiko Ashizawa

A laid-off salaryman pretends to go to work every day in order not to disappoint his family in Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s darkly comic, deeply unsettling drama, which “tells us a great deal about contemporary Japan” (New York Review of Books). 
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Saturday, August 10, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Saturday, August 10, 2019
6 PM
Abbas Kiarostami,
Iran,
1987,
(83 mins)

Digital Restoration
BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

This beautiful picture of the life of a child in a northern Iranian village is the first film in Kiarostami’s beloved Koker trilogy.
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8 PM
Saturday, August 10, 2019
8 PM
Masaki Kobayashi,
Japan,
1967,
(121 mins)
Japanese cinema icons Toshiro Mifune and Tatsuya Nakadai team up to slice their way through duty-bound Japan in this tale of a dutiful samurai whose attempts to be a “good servant” are about to end . . . in blood.
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Sunday, August 11, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

4 PM
Sunday, August 11, 2019
4 PM
Jacques Rivette,
France,
1965,
(140 mins)

Digital Restoration

Anna Karina plays a young woman forced to become a nun in Rivette’s notorious adaptation of Diderot’s novel. A work of “brilliant filmmaking and impassioned restraint . . . as sumptuous in its color photography as it is austere in its mise-en-scène” (New York Times).
Sunday, August 11, 2019
7 PM
Fritz Lang,
United States,
1956,
(100 mins)

Archival Print

Ida Lupino, Dana Andrews, and George Sanders star in one of Lang’s personal favorites, in which big-city newshounds fight over a (literally) killer scoop. “Examined America’s unquenchable lust for greed, power, and corruption . . . a movie ahead of its time” (San Francisco Examiner).
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7 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
7 PM
Kirsten Johnson,
United States,
2016,
(145 mins)

Cinematography by Kirsten Johnson
BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

Kristen Johnson’s look back at footage from her long career as a cinematographer becomes a fascinating investigation of the craft and ethics of documentary filmmaking. With Emiko Omori’s work-in-progress Vanishing Chinatown: The World of the May's Photo Studio.
  • Emiko Omori
    In Person
    Filmmaker Emiko Omori will discuss her work-in-progress short Vanishing Chinatown: The World of the May's Photo Studio and her many years as a cinematographer.
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2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Thursday, August 15, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

7 PM
  • Film
Thursday, August 15, 2019
7 PM
Masaki Kobayashi,
Japan,
1967,
(161 mins)

International Version

Kobayashi’s atmospheric and visually captivating adaptation of four haunting stories by Lafcadio Hearn. “Each of the exquisitely crafted tales . . . is, in its own right, one of the great ghost stories brought to the screen. Together, they form an exemplar of the anthology horror film” (Village Voice).
7 PM
  • In-Person
  • Performance
Thursday, August 15, 2019
7 PM

Programmed by Sarah Cahill

Bay Area icon Amy X Neuburg presents her “avant-cabaret,” a singular blend of virtuosic vocals and live electronics that is both powerful and highly entertaining.
Included with admission. Seating for Full is limited.
Series Full
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2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Friday, August 16, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

6:30 PM
  • Film
Friday, August 16, 2019
6:30 PM
Jafar Panahi,
Iran,
2018,
(100 mins)

East Bay Premiere

Acclaimed director Jafar Panahi plays himself in this captivating road movie, “a gently provocative meditation on the role of creative souls in modern-day Iran” (Time Out). 
Friday, August 16, 2019
8:30 PM
D. A. Pennebaker,
United Kingdom,
1973,
(90 mins)
David Bowie and his band headline London’s Hammersmith Odeon, and bid farewell to the Ziggy Stardust persona, in this spectacular concert film. The glam rock era at its flamboyant, alienated—and alien-identified—best.
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Saturday, August 17, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Saturday, August 17, 2019
1:00 PM
Francesco Rosi,
Italy,
1979,
(250 mins)

Bay Area Premiere of Full-Length Digital Restoration

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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Saturday, August 17, 2019
6 PM
Abbas Kiarostami,
Iran,
1992,
(95 mins)

Digital Restoration

Kiarostami seeks to find out the fate of the earthquake-devastated area of Koker and Poshteh from Where Is the Friend’s Home? and finds willing actors among the survivors.
8 PM
Saturday, August 17, 2019
8 PM
François Truffaut,
France,
1973,
(115 mins)

Imported Print

Léaud joins an ensemble cast for a behind-the-scenes romantic comedy in which the love interest is cinema itself. “Truffaut’s droll and generous celebration of filmmaking remains an enchanting experience” (New York Times).
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Sunday, August 18, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

4:30 PM
Sunday, August 18, 2019
4:30 PM
Masaki Kobayashi,
Japan,
1956,
(111 mins)

BAMPFA Collection

Japan’s favorite sport gets taken down in Kobayashi’s clear-eyed dissection of the ruthlessness and greed of the baseball business, shot more like a film noir or paranoid thriller than a sports saga.
Sunday, August 18, 2019
4:30 PM

Programmed by Alix Blevins

In their improvisational music, Bassett and Lubelski create personal interplay with the surrounding environment to expand upon abstraction, chromatic noise, and long-form drone. The evening opens with a new piece by Ecstatic Music Band.
Included with admission
7 PM
  • Film
Sunday, August 18, 2019
7 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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Wednesday, August 21, 2019
12 PM
An engaging walkthrough of the exhibition with its curator, who discusses themes of drama and memory, miracles and coincidence, myth and magic, and artistic oddities.
7 PM
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
7 PM
Aki Kaurismäki,
France,
1992,
(100 mins)
Kaurismäki’s update of Henri Murger’s novel is “a fine, deceptively querulous comedy that mocks the conventions of art and romantic love while . . . exalting them as the only means of salvation” (New York Times). Léaud puts in a brief but pivotal appearance.
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2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Thursday, August 22, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Thursday, August 22, 2019
12 PM
Join exhibition curator Lisa Sutcliffe for a walkthrough of The San Quentin Project, focusing on artist Nigel Poor’s evolving collaboration with residents of San Quentin State Prison.
Included with admission
7 PM
Thursday, August 22, 2019
7 PM
Alice Rohrwacher,
Germany, Italy, Switzerland,
2014,
(110 mins)

Cinematography by Hélène Louvart

The lives of a beekeeping family in rural Italy are disrupted by the arrival of a sullen teenage boy and a cheesy TV production crew in this evocative look at rituals, relationships, and adolescent dreams. “A beautiful, richly imagined ride” (Washington Post). 
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2–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Friday, August 23, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

12 PM
Friday, August 23, 2019
12 PM
Two poets respond to the work of artists Helen Mirra and Sean Thackrey with poetry that attempts to grapple in language with wordlessness.
Included with admission
Series Readings
Friday, August 23, 2019
7 PM
Jean Eustache,
France,
1973,
(210 mins)

BAMPFA Collection

Léaud gives perhaps his greatest performance as a castaway from the sixties and the sexual revolution, waffling between two women, in Jean Eustache’s chronicle of disenchantment in post-1968 Paris.
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.
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12 PM
  • Families
  • Workshop
Saturday, August 24, 2019
12 PM
Youth activists lead a butterfly-making workshop.
Series Workshops
2 PM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Saturday, August 24, 2019
2 PM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Saturday, August 24, 2019
6 PM
Abbas Kiarostami,
Iran,
1994,
(103 mins)

Digital Restoration

Through the Olive Trees is also presented on Tuesday, September 17 with an introduction and post-screening lecture by author Godfrey Cheshire.

In Kiarostami’s fittingly self-reflective end to the Koker trilogy, a lovelorn youth gets another chance at romance when a visiting film crew casts him and his disinterested paramour as husband and wife.
Plays on September 17 with lecture by author Godfrey Cheshire.
8:15 PM
Saturday, August 24, 2019
8:15 PM
Martin Scorsese,
United States,
1978,
(115 mins)
Scorsese’s loving portrait of The Band’s farewell concert in San Francisco is “arguably the most beautiful of rock movies, while the musical highlights . . . still astound” (Time Out). With guest appearances by Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and more.
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Sunday, August 25, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

4 PM
Sunday, August 25, 2019
4 PM

Programmed by Ryanaustin Dennis and Chika Okoye

Maxwell’s lecture explores the impact of African material culture and agrarian knowledge on colonial economies throughout the transatlantic world.
Included with admission
Series Black Life
4:30 PM
  • Film
Sunday, August 25, 2019
4:30 PM
Jafar Panahi,
Iran,
2018,
(100 mins)

East Bay Premiere

Acclaimed director Jafar Panahi plays himself in this captivating road movie, “a gently provocative meditation on the role of creative souls in modern-day Iran” (Time Out). 
7 PM
  • Film
Sunday, August 25, 2019
7 PM
Olivier Assayas,
France,
1996,
(99 mins)
Olivier Assayas casts Hong Kong icon Maggie Cheung as an actress suffering through ego battles and other disasters on a French indie film shoot, with a classically irascible Léaud as director.
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3:10 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
3:10 PM
Abbas Kiarostami,
Iran,
1974,
(81 mins)

Digital Restoration

A young boy in a rural village schemes and dreams his way to a big-city soccer match in Kiarostami’s first feature, similar to The 400 Blows. With short Bread and Alley.
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.
  • Ahmad Kiarostami
    Lecture
    Ahmad Kiarostami is a San Francisco–based entrepreneur with a wide range of experience, from startups to producing films and making music videos.
7 PM
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
7 PM
Jean Luc Godard,
France,
1967,
(99 mins)
Godard’s 1967 Pop-agitprop portrait of revolutionary youth, including an ardent Léaud. “Feels like a trial run for the May 1968 revolution. See it by any means necessary” (Time Out New York).
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  • Activity
  • Art
Thursday, August 29, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Thursday, August 29, 2019
12 PM
Cocurator of the US Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, Mimi Zeiger offers insight into the curatorial practices and research behind that project as well as the upcoming exhibition Soft Schindler.
Free admission
Thursday, August 29, 2019
7 PM
Penelope Spheeris,
United States,
1981,
(100 mins)

BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

Spheeris’s writhing and raucous portrait of the L.A. punk scene circa 1979/80 showcases the energy and anger of youth shut out of the American dream. Featuring X, Black Flag, Fear, The Germs, and others.
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  • Activity
  • Art
Friday, August 30, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

5:30 PM
  • Film
Friday, August 30, 2019
5:30 PM
Christian Petzold,
Germany,
2018,
(101 mins)
Petzold’s tale of displaced people in fascist-occupied France transposes a 1940s novel to today’s Marseille. “Moody, beguiling, and formally bold. . . . Turns history into an existential maze” (New York Times). “Like a remake of Casablanca as written by Kafka” (IndieWire).
7:45 PM
Friday, August 30, 2019
7:45 PM
Albert Serra,
France,
2016,
(115 mins)
Serra’s masterful film brings us inside the bedchamber of the dying King Louis XIV, played by Jean-Pierre Léaud in a performance the Los Angeles Times called “a magnificent stare into the abyss.”
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
Saturday, August 31, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

3:30 PM
  • Families
  • Film
Saturday, August 31, 2019
3:30 PM
Jafar Panahi,
Iran,
1995,
(85 mins)

Imported Print
Recommended for ages 7 & up

A seven-year-old girl navigates the busy streets of Tehran while trying to buy a goldfish in the utterly charming debut of Jafar Panahi (3 Faces). Cowritten by Abbas Kiarostami, it’s “a reminder that the simplest forms of filmmaking can be the most satisfying” (Los Angeles Times).
6 PM
  • Film
Saturday, August 31, 2019
6 PM
Juan Pablo Rebella, Pablo Stoll,
Uruguay,
2001,
(94 mins)

Cinematography by Bárbara Alvarez

Three aimless teens stagger through another Montevideo day in this low-budget paean to cigarettes, wine, and rock ’n’ roll, which heralded the arrival of a new Uruguayan cinema. “Recalls the spirit of the Czech New Wave” (Michael Fox). 
Saturday, August 31, 2019
8 PM
Michel Gondry,
United States,
2005,
(103 mins)
Featuring a stellar lineup of R&B and hip-hop artists including Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, the Fugees, Dead Prez, Erykah Badu, and Jill Scott, this concert movie hosted by Dave Chappelle is an exuberant ode to the legendary Wattstax.