Week of October 8, 2017

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Sunday, October 8

Sunday, October 8
2 PM
Owsley Brown,
United States,
2016,
(72 mins)
Shot over a period of years both before and after Haiti’s deadly 2010 earthquake, this vibrant documentary testifies to the role of music in creating community and sustaining hope under the most difficult of circumstances.
At BAMPFA
  • Owsley Brown
    In Person
    September 15 screening only
Sunday, October 8
4 PM
Charles Chaplin,
United Kingdom, United States,
1967,
(108 mins)
Sophia Loren and Marlon Brando team up in Charlie Chaplin’s swan song, a bedroom farce involving an American diplomat and a stowaway Russian escaping prostitution.
At BAMPFA
Sunday, October 8
7 PM
Chantal Akerman,
Belgium, France,
1974,
(103 mins)

Digital Restoration

In her first feature, Akerman plunges into the themes—desire, longing, intimacy, and estrangement—that she would continue to plumb throughout her career. With Akerman’s debut short, Saute ma ville.
At BAMPFA

Monday, October 9

Monday, October 9
6:30 PM
An evening with Abeyta, an acclaimed Navajo contemporary artist based in Berkeley and Santa Fe.
At BAMPFA
Free admission

Tuesday, October 10

Wednesday, October 11

Wednesday, October 11
12 PM
Way, founder and artistic director of ODC/Dance, discusses her long-term role as a leading Bay Area dance curator.
At BAMPFA
Free admission
Wednesday, October 11
12:15 PM
Join a tour of Martin Wong: Human Instamatic and discover the work of a painter the New York Times called “one of our great urban visionaries.”
At BAMPFA
Included with admission; no advance reservation required
Wednesday, October 11
7 PM
(90 mins)
UC Berkeley professor and Canyon filmmaker Jeffrey Skoller spotlights women filmmakers Stephanie Beroes, Lynn Marie Kirby, Sandra Davis, Chick Strand, and Cauleen Smith in a program of films dating from 1978 to 1992.
At BAMPFA
In Person
  • Jeffrey Skoller
    Introduction by
  • Lynn Marie Kirby
    Introduction by
  • Sandra Davis
    Introduction by

Thursday, October 12

Thursday, October 12
4-7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

At BAMPFA
Included with admission
Thursday, October 12
7 PM
Sang Hu,
China,
1947,
(112 mins)

Digital Restoration

One of China’s most revered writers, the renowned Eileen Chang (Lust, Caution), wrote the screenplay for this enchanting, eye-opening look at family dynamics, sexual politics, and fabulous fashions in a thoroughly modern China.
At BAMPFA
  • Paul Fonoroff
    Introduction by
    Paul Fonoroff is an expert on Chinese cinema who lived for years in Hong Kong and is currently based in Bangkok.

Friday, October 13

Friday, October 13
4 PM
Raoul Peck,
Belgium, France, Switzerland, United States,
2016,
(93 mins)
Raoul Peck’s acclaimed documentary is an invigorating look at the great writer James Baldwin, and at the fight for civil rights both in the past and now. “An act of provocation and prophecy” (Village Voice).
At BAMPFA
  • Stephen Best
    Introduction by
    Stephen Best is an associate professor of English at UC Berkeley.
Friday, October 13
4-9 PM

Drop-in Art Making

At BAMPFA
Included with admission
Friday, October 13
7 PM
Tan Youliu,
Hong Kong,
1950,
(116 mins)

Digital Restoration

A fascinating glimpse of the Chinese diaspora across southeast Asia, this Hong Kong production follows a wayward husband through Southern China and Thailand, and tracks the travails of the wife he leaves behind.
At BAMPFA
  • Yingjin Zhang
    Introduction by
    Yingjin Zhang is a professor of modern Chinese literature at UC San Diego.

Saturday, October 14

Saturday, October 14
11:30 AM–1 PM & 1–2:30 PM

For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

Explore the dreamlike spaces and layered colors in Miyoko Ito’s paintings, then experiment with color by painting designs of your own. 
At BAMPFA
Free for kids plus one adult
  • Erin McCluskey Wheeler
    With artist
    Erin McCluskey Wheeler makes densely layered and colorful collage paintings exploring memory, loss, and preservation.
Saturday, October 14
2:30-9 PM

Drop-in Art Making

At BAMPFA
Included with admission
Saturday, October 14
3 PM

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

Read the beginning of this classic book about a widowed mouse and a group of extraordinary rats, and pick up a free copy to keep reading at home. 
At BAMPFA
Free for kids plus one adult
  • Jin Zhu
    Reading led by
    Jin Zhu is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s MFA program and children’s reading tutor.
Saturday, October 14
3:30 PM
Stevan Riley,
United Kingdom,
2015,
(102 mins)

Free Screenings!

A treasure trove of audiotapes, home movies, film clips, and more yields a mesmerizing portrait of one of America’s great performers. “A peculiarly philosophical, melancholic and beautiful piece of work” (IndieWire).
At BAMPFA
Free tickets will be available at the will-call table one hour before each screening.
Saturday, October 14
4:45 PM
An evening of Poets Theater by writers linked to New Narrative, featuring plays by Carla Harryman, Kevin Killian, and Camille Roy.
At BAMPFA
Included with admission
Series Readings 2017
Saturday, October 14
5:45 PM
Carol Reed,
United Kingdom,
1960,
(111 mins)

4K Digital Restoration

A vacuum-cleaner salesman in steamy Cuba turns to international espionage in this droll spy spoof from a quartet of formidable Englishmen—actors Alec Guinness and Noel Coward, writer Graham Greene, and director Carol Reed.
At BAMPFA
Saturday, October 14
7:45 PM
A delicious, four-course, Cuban-infused meal inspired by the film.
At Babette
Saturday, October 14
8 PM
Xu Changlin,
China,
1948,
(106 mins)
A war-veteran husband and his wife are slowly consumed with distrust in Xu Changlin’s fascinating hybrid of noir thriller and melodrama.
At BAMPFA
  • Weihong Bao
    Introduction by
    Weihong Bao is an associate professor of East Asian languages and culture and film studies at UC Berkeley.