Week of August 18, 2019

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Sunday, August 18

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
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.

Monday, August 19

Tuesday, August 20

Wednesday, August 21

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.
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.

Thursday, August 22

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
Thursday, August 22, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

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). 

Friday, August 23

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
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

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.

Saturday, August 24

Saturday, August 24, 2019
12 PM
Youth activists lead a butterfly-making workshop.
Series Workshops
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.
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.