Week of February 9, 2020

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Sunday, February 9

Monday, February 10

Monday, February 10, 2020
6:30 PM
Join Oakland-based artist Drew Bennett, the founder of Facebook’s artist residency program, as well as UC Berkeley faculty for a discussion of careers in creative fields.
Free admission. Doors open at 6 PM.

Tuesday, February 11

Wednesday, February 12

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
12:15 PM
Expert tour guides share highlights of exhibitions on view throughout the museum.
Included with admission
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
3:10 PM
Federico Fellini,
Italy,
1952,
(86 mins)

Digital Restoration

The White Sheik also screens Thursday, January 16 (without lecture).

Provincial newlyweds arriving in Rome get sidetracked by the wife’s obsession with a fumetto photo-comic star in Fellini’s solo directorial debut. “A funny, sardonic, and clever satire on popular heroes and ordinary people’s illusions” (Chicago Reader). 
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 12, 2020
7 PM
Andrei Ujica, Harun Farocki,
Germany,
1992,
(106 mins)
The infamous televised speech Nicolae Ceauşescu delivered on the night his regime fell in 1989 is the centerpiece of this sophisticated investigation of the power of images.
  • Andrei Ujica
    CANCELED: In Person
    Due to unforeseen circumstances, we regret that Andrei Ujica will be unable to join us in person.

Thursday, February 13

Thursday, February 13, 2020
12 PM
Curator Eungie Joo discusses the exhibition SOFT POWER, on view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Free admission
Thursday, February 13, 2020
7 PM
Andrei Ujica,
Russia,
1995,
(96 mins)
Ujică’s Russian-made precursor to The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu uses found footage to revisit the tale of a Soviet cosmonaut whose time in space corresponded with the sudden downfall of the Soviet Union.
  • Andrei Ujica
    CANCELED: In Person
    Due to unforeseen circumstances, we regret that Andrei Ujica will be unable to join us in person.

Friday, February 14

Friday, February 14, 2020
12 PM
Independent curator and writer Juana Berrío presents perspectives on Ron Nagle’s ceramic sculptures through the lenses of painting and music.
Included with admission
Friday, February 14, 2020
5 PM
Agnès Varda,
France,
1965,
(85 mins)
Varda’s strikingly colorful, lyrical film examines a love triangle within a circular structure, as a carpenter seeks happiness with both his wife and his mistress. “Varda fills her frames with riots of nature and color” (Richard Brody).
Friday, February 14, 2020
7 PM
David Lynch,
United States,
1990,
(127 mins)

Wild at Heart also screens Wednesday, January 29 (without introduction).

Nicholas Cage and Laura Dern are star-crossed lovers on the run from various maniacs, including Harry Dean Stanton, William Dafoe, and Dianne Ladd, in Lynch’s fantastical winner of Cannes’s Palme d’Or.
  • 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 15

Saturday, February 15, 2020
1 PM
Jacques Demy,
France,
1967,
(124 mins)

Digital Restoration
Recommended for ages 12 & up

Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac play twins lifted out of their small-town reveries by a troupe of wandering entertainers, including Gene Kelly. This musical by Varda’s husband, Jacques Demy, is “not merely charming or amusing, but profoundly moving” (Sight & Sound).
Saturday, February 15, 2020
3:30 PM
Agnès Varda,
France,
1993,
(65 mins)

Digital Restoration

Varda’s splendid documentary revisits the town of Rochefort on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the shooting of The Young Girls of Rochefort, and finds evidence of the film’s lasting effects on the townspeople.
Saturday, February 15, 2020
5 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). 
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Saturday, February 15, 2020
8 PM
David Lynch,
United States,
2001,
(146 mins)

BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

An ingenue recently arrived in Los Angeles (Naomi Watts) becomes involved with a raven-haired amnesiac beauty (Laura Harring) in Lynch’s Chandler-by-way-of-Borges postmodern noir, one of Sight & Sound’s “greatest films of all time.”
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