Week of December 1, 2019

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Sunday, December 1

Sunday, December 1, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Sunday, December 1, 2019
2 PM
Explore the spirit of Surrealism with a guided tour of Strange. 
Included with admission
Sunday, December 1, 2019
4:30 PM
Abbas Kiarostami,
France, Iran, Japan,
2003,
(106 mins)

Digital Restoration

Dedicated to Yasujiro Ozu, Kiarostami’s set of five serene seafront studies is “remarkably captivating, like a perfectly crafted object of contemplation” (Village Voice). With short Roads of Kiarostami.
  • Donna Honarpisheh
    Introduction
    Donna Honarpisheh is a PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program in Critical Theory at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on modernist Iranian film and fiction.
Sunday, December 1, 2019
7 PM
Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack,
United States,
2018,
(89 mins)
Aretha Franklin’s thrilling 1972 performance of Amazing Grace at a Watts church comes alive in this concert film, unreleased until 2018. “It’s the closest thing to witnessing a miracle—just some cameras, a crowd and a voice touched by God” (Rolling Stone).

Monday, December 2

Monday, December 2, 2019
6:30 PM
Ruthie Dineen, Ciera-Jevae Gordon, Ptah Tracey Mitchell, and Dalia J. Ramos-Mucino  discuss the city of Richmond—its colorful past and shifting present, and how art and health play an integral role in its future.
Free admission. Doors open at 6 PM.

Tuesday, December 3

Wednesday, December 4

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
7 PM
Joseph Losey,
France,
1976,
(122 mins)

Digital Restoration

An art dealer (Alain Delon) in WWII-era France benefits from the Nazi regime, until they begin to suspect him of being Jewish, in Joseph Losey’s chilling thriller. “A historical reconstruction with a modernist tone, evoking both Kafka and Borges” (J. Hoberman).

Thursday, December 5

Thursday, December 5, 2019
1:15 PM
Expert tour guides share highlights of exhibitions on view throughout the museum.
Included with admission
Thursday, December 5, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Thursday, December 5, 2019
4 PM-7 PM
Works from the collection reveal global histories of the Indian Ocean in culture, commerce, and myth.
Free admission
Thursday, December 5, 2019
7 PM
Shirley Sun,
United States,
2017,
(64 mins)

East Bay Premiere!

Fire and Ashes: Making the Ballet RAkU also screens Friday, December 13 (with Shirley Sun in person), and Sunday, December 29 (without guests in person).

Bay Area filmmaker Shirley Sun’s engaging dance film goes behind the scenes with composer Shinji Eshima and San Francisco Ballet choreographer Yuri Possokhov as they recount their collaboration on the ballet RAkU, set in historic Japan.
In Person
  • Shirley Sun
  • Shinji Eshima
    Eshima is the composer of RAkU and is a member of San Francisco Ballet and San Francisco Opera Orchestras.

Friday, December 6

Friday, December 6, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

For all members

For one weekend only, all BAMPFA members get 20 percent off at the BAMPFA Store!
Members-only sale
Friday, December 6, 2019
2–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Friday, December 6, 2019
4 PM
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders,
United States,
2019,
(119 mins)

BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

Pulitzer- and Nobel Peace Prize–winning author Toni Morrison recalls her life, challenges, and successes in this “eloquent nonfiction biopic” (Variety), featuring archival footage and interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis, Hilton Als, and others.
Friday, December 6, 2019
7 PM
Cristian Mungiu,
Romania,
2007,
(113 mins)
Two young women go underground to terminate an unwanted pregnancy in this gripping, prizewinning drama. “Beautifully realistic, faultlessly made” (Los Angeles Times).

Saturday, December 7

Saturday, December 7, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Saturday, December 7, 2019
11 AM–7 PM

For all members

For one weekend only, all BAMPFA members get 20 percent off at the BAMPFA Store!
Members-only sale
Saturday, December 7, 2019
2 PM

Programmed by Denise Kan

Join artists Marcela Pardo Ariza and Juan Carlos Rodríguez Rivera to build a surrealist tiny set, creating a space of possibility.
Included with admission
Saturday, December 7, 2019
2 PM

Schedule note
Sylvia Fein is unable to participate in the program as previously announced. In lieu of a conversation, Garrett Caples, who has written on Fein's work, will present an illustrated talk about her life and art.

Poet Garrett Caples will discuss Bay Area painter Sylvia Fein’s life and art.
Included with admission
Saturday, December 7, 2019
6 PM
Víctor Erice, Abbas Kiarostami,
Iran, Spain,
2005–7,
(97 mins)
Created for a museum exhibition that paired the works of Kiarostami and Víctor Erice, Correspondences is composed of ten “filmed letters” between the two master filmmakers.
Saturday, December 7, 2019
8:15 PM
Stanley Nelson,
United Kingdom, United States,
2019,
(115 mins)
From the director of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, this profile of the great Miles Davis is “a tantalizing portrait: rich, probing, mournful, romantic, triumphant, tragic, exhilarating, and blisteringly honest” (Variety).