Week of February 2, 2020

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Sunday, February 2

Sunday, February 2, 2020
3 PM
Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang,
United States,
2019,
(89 mins)
This chilling and complex documentary explores the lasting consequences of China’s one-child policy, which ended in 2015. Winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize, US Documentary.
Sunday, February 2, 2020
5 PM
Agnès Varda,
France,
1975,
(80 mins)

Digital Restoration

Varda’s playful and affectionate portrait of her own thoroughly Parisian neighborhood and the shopkeepers who keep it thriving. “Casual anthropology with a strongly humanist bent” (Slant).
Sunday, February 2, 2020
7 PM
Călin Peter Netzer,
Romania,
2013,
(112 mins)
Grand prize winner at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival, this “ferocious psychological drama with the pace of a thriller” (Los Angeles Times) follows an upper-class Bucharest architect who’ll stop at nothing to keep her grown son out of jail. 

Monday, February 3

Monday, February 3, 2020
6:30 PM
Faculty and students from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism present documentaries, photography, and innovative multimedia projects from the J-School.
Free admission. Doors open at 6 PM.

Tuesday, February 4

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
5:30 PM

Open to Curator’s Circle members at the $2,500 level and above

Curator's Circle member reception and tickets to screening and public program featuring producer James Schamus in conversation.
Curator's Circle members only event.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
7 PM
Kitty Green,
United States,
2019,
(87 mins)

Free Sneak Preview!

A junior assistant to a powerful entertainment mogul grows increasingly aware of the abuse that insidiously colors every aspect of her workday. “An urgent, quiet scream . . . a jarring portrait of today’s contemporary workplace where too many women remain marginalized. And worse” (Film Comment).
Free admission; first come, first served. Doors open at 6:30 PM.
In Conversation
  • James Schamus
    James Schamus, who produced The Assistant, is an award-winning screenwriter (The Ice Storm), producer (Brokeback Mountain), and director (Indignation) as well as the former CEO of Focus Features.
  • Linda Williams
    Linda Williams is professor emeritus in film and media/rhetoric at UC Berkeley.

Wednesday, February 5

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
3:10 PM
Federico Fellini, Alberto Lattuada,
Italy,
1950,
(97 mins)

Variety Lights also screens Sunday, January 19 (without lecture).

Following a troupe of small-time vaudevillians led by an incorrigible dreamer (Peppino De Filippo) and his fiancée (Giulietta Masina), this was Fellini’s first look at the passions and dreams of eccentrics living beyond bourgeois society—but not his last. 
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.
  • Russell Merritt
    Lecture
    Film historian Russell Merritt has been introducing films, lecturing, and serving as an occasional guest curator at BAMPFA for more than thirty years.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
7 PM
(85 mins)
Three short works that expand the nonfiction form: Vincent Carelli and Mari Corrêa’s Video in the Villages Presents Itself, on indigenous media in Brazil; Beatriz Santiago Muñoz’s The Black Cave, exploring Puerto Rico’s Paso del Indio; and Laura Huertas Millán’s La libertad, taking its structure from the pre-Hispanic backstrap loom.

Thursday, February 6

Thursday, February 6, 2020
12 PM
Join artists Lava Thomas and Mildred Howard for a conversation about their experiences with public art commissions in the Bay Area.
Free admission
Thursday, February 6, 2020
1:15 PM
Expert tour guides share highlights of exhibitions on view throughout the museum.
Included with admission
Thursday, February 6, 2020
4 PM–7 PM
This month’s Five Tables gathers works in many shades and moods of blue.
Free admission
Series Five Tables
Thursday, February 6, 2020
7 PM
Federico Fellini,
Italy,
1963,
(138 mins)

Film to Table dinner follows the February 15 screening

8 1/2 also screens Wednesday, March 18, with a lecture by Russell Merritt.

A jaded director (Marcello Mastroianni) fantasizes on his next great film—or his next sexual conquest—in Fellini’s metafictional masterpiece, “probably the most potent movie about filmmaking” (The Guardian). 

Friday, February 7

Friday, February 7, 2020
5 PM
Agnès Varda,
France,
1962,
(90 mins)

Digital Restoration
BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

Shot entirely on location in the streets of Paris, Cléo chronicles two hours of a pop singer’s life. A score by Michel Legrand and cameos by Legrand, Jean-Luc Godard, and Anna Karina flavor this New Wave classic that proves Varda’s theme, “one isn’t born a woman, one becomes one.”
Friday, February 7, 2020
7 PM
David Lynch,
United States,
1997,
(134 mins)
Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, and Balthazar Getty flicker across the nocturnal highways and haunts of a nightmarish Los Angeles in Lynch’s audacious “twenty-first-century noir horror film,” as he and cowriter Barry Gifford dubbed it. 
  • Barry Gifford
    Introduction
    Barry Gifford is the author of Wild at Heart and The Up-Down, among other books, and the co-screenwriter of the films Lost Highway, City of Ghosts, and Perdita Durango.
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Saturday, February 8

Saturday, February 8, 2020
11:30 AM

For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

Tour the exhibition of Ron Nagle’s work and learn how his sculptures take shape, then make a painting inspired by Nagle’s vibrant and fascinating art.
Free for kids 18 & under and for one adult per child 13 & under
  • Jennie Smith
    With artist
    Jennie Smith earned her MFA from UC Berkeley. When she is not drawing in her own studio, she can be found at the de Young Museum making art with kids from all over the Bay Area.
Series Family Events
Saturday, February 8, 2020
1 PM

For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

Tour the exhibition of Ron Nagle’s work and learn how his sculptures take shape, then make a painting inspired by Nagle’s vibrant and fascinating art.
Free for kids 18 & under and for one adult per child 13 & under
  • Jennie Smith
    With artist
    Jennie Smith earned her MFA from UC Berkeley. When she is not drawing in her own studio, she can be found at the de Young Museum making art with kids from all over the Bay Area.
Series Family Events
Saturday, February 8, 2020
3 PM

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

This month’s reading is the funny, heartfelt story of a Bay Area fifth-grader, his two very different sisters, and their struggle to keep their beloved dog.
Free for kids 18 & under and for one adult per child 13 & under
  • Suzy Mead
    Reading led by
    Suzy Mead is a librarian at Washington Elementary School in Berkeley.
Series Family Events
Saturday, February 8, 2020
5 PM
(80 mins)

This program also screens Wednesday, January 22, with a lecture by Tom Luddy.

These short films made in the sixties are both political and playful, in keeping with the times. Salut les cubains screens along with two works made in the Bay Area, Uncle Yanco (on Varda’s artist uncle) and Black Panthers (featuring Huey Newton and Kathleen Cleaver).
Saturday, February 8, 2020
7 PM
Berkeley Ballet Theater and San Francisco Girls Chorus present excerpts from their new production exploring the impact of the women’s suffrage movement.
Included with admission. Seating for Full is limited.
Series Full 2020
Saturday, February 8, 2020
7 PM
David Lynch,
United States,
1992,
(134 mins)
Lynch’s prequel to his cult television show Twin Peaks heads deeper into the woods of small-town Americana, a province of murder, perversity, and crap interior decorating. “Lynch’s masterpiece” (Village Voice).