Week of October 20, 2019

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Sunday, October 20

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.
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.
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).

Monday, October 21

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.

Tuesday, October 22

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

Wednesday, October 23

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
12:15 PM
Explore the spirit of Surrealism with a guided tour of Strange. 
Included with admission
Series Guided Tours
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 . . . ?
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.

Thursday, October 24

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
Thursday, October 24, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

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

Friday, October 25

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
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.

Saturday, October 26

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.
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