February 2023

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    4 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Sunday, January 29, 2023
    4 PM
    Robert Bresson,
    France,
    1956,
    (97 mins)
    From the true account of a Resistance leader who escaped from a Nazi prison just before he was to be executed, Bresson created a film where the drama is all internal. “Essential viewing” (Jonathan Rosenbaum).

    BAMPFA’s second-feature discount does not apply to these programs.

    • Joel Coen
      Introduction
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    7 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Sunday, January 29, 2023
    7 PM
    Joel Coen, Ethan Coen,
    United States,
    2009,
    (106 mins)
    Via the existential, moral, and romantic crises of physics professor and family man Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg), A Serious Man ponders the limits of human agency, reason, faith, and the meaning of life in the face of an impassive, chaotic universe.

    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

    BAMPFA’s second-feature discount does not apply to these programs.

    In Conversation
    • Joel Coen
    • Eric Karpeles
      Painter and writer Eric Karpeles explores the relationship between visual and verbal culture in such books as Paintings in Proust and Almost Nothing: The 20th Century Art and Life of Józef Czapski.
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    6:30 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Monday, January 30, 2023
    6:30 PM
    Sarah Polley,
    United States,
    2022,
    (104 mins)
    Graced with an extraordinary cast, Polley’s thoughtfully executed adaptation of Miriam Toews’s best-selling novel chronicles a radical “act of female imagination” to consider the healing power of language and what is required to escape systematic criminal abuse in an isolated religious community. 
    In Conversation
    • Frances McDormand
      Frances McDormand is a producer and member of the cast of Women Talking.
    • Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers
      Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers is an associate professor of History at UC Berkeley, where she specializes in African American history, women’s and gender history, and the history of American slavery.
    • Naima Karczmar
      Naima Karczmar is a PhD candidate in English and Critical Theory at UC Berkeley, where she works on racial epistemologies of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
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    Wednesday, February 1, 2023
    7 PM
    (133 mins)
    In this selection of documentary and ethnographic films, women filmmakers from Lebanon, Senegal, Tanzania, and the United States employ different stylistic approaches and modes of address to depict women’s experience and work.
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    Thursday, February 2, 2023
    7 PM
    Isaac Julien,
    United Kingdom,
    1995,
    (70 mins)
    Combining archival footage, interviews with experts, and stark depictions of the Algerian revolution from The Battle of Algiers with dramatized tableaux to extend theorist Frantz Fanon’s challenge to people of all races, director Julien creates an intellectually provocative portrait of Fanon.
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    • Film
    • In-Person
    Friday, February 3, 2023
    6:30 PM
    Hong Sangsoo,
    South Korea,
    2010,
    (80 mins)
    A film school provides the appropriate landscape for this caustic look at cinema, relationships, and points of view. A “casually brilliant feat of storytelling, akin to an ingeniously wrought suite of literary short fiction” (New York Times).
    • Dennis Lim
      Introduction
      Dennis Lim is a film curator, teacher, and writer. He is currently the artistic director of the New York Film Festival and was director of programming at Film at Lincoln Center from 2013 to 2022.
    8:30 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Friday, February 3, 2023
    8:30 PM
    Hong Sangsoo,
    South Korea,
    2005,
    (89 mins)
    A film on two impromptu lovers and their suicide pact turns into another film entirely in Hong’s early deconstruction of narrative, reality, and cinema. “One of the filmmaker’s major touchstones” (New Yorker).
    • Dennis Lim
      Introduction
      Dennis Lim is a film curator, teacher, and writer. He is currently the artistic director of the New York Film Festival and was director of programming at Film at Lincoln Center from 2013 to 2022.
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    Saturday, February 4, 2023
    2 PM
    Amalia Mesa-Bains’s work is deeply concerned with memory and with how art serves as a portal into the cultural histories of Indigenous, Mexican, African diasporic, and multiply gendered communities. In this new film directed by Raymond Telles, the artist reflects on how culture, history, and family memories have informed her art.

    Free admission. Tickets available at the admissions desk beginning at 1 PM.

    • Raymond Telles
      Introduction
      Raymond Telles is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies and the artist in residence at UC Berkeley’s Latinx Research Center.
    5 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Saturday, February 4, 2023
    5 PM
    Hong Sangsoo,
    South Korea,
    2011,
    (79 mins)
    Four characters in search of a drink find themselves in the same bar again and again in Hong’s most Buñuelian take on the desire for human connection. “A soju-fueled cross between Last Year at Marienbad and Groundhog Day” (Artforum).
    • Dennis Lim
      Introduction
      Dennis Lim is a film curator, teacher, and writer. He is currently the artistic director of the New York Film Festival and was director of programming at Film at Lincoln Center from 2013 to 2022.
    7:30 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Saturday, February 4, 2023
    7:30 PM
    Hong Sangsoo,
    South Korea,
    2017,
    (91 mins)
    A literary office is the fitting setting as a philandering middle-aged publisher, his pissed-off wife, and a mystified new office assistant wonder if words can create reality—or take the edge off it anyway. “A lovely, intricately fractured story” (New York Times).

    Tickets go on sale November 17.

    • Dennis Lim
      Introduction
      Dennis Lim is a film curator, teacher, and writer. He is currently the artistic director of the New York Film Festival and was director of programming at Film at Lincoln Center from 2013 to 2022.
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    • Film
    • In-Person
    Sunday, February 5, 2023
    4 PM
    (67 mins)
    Your eyes dance hello to films of poetry and the poetry of film. Meet beauty in the ghost, forgotten in the dark. These are lyrical lessons of time passing. Once upon a space and splice, almost imperceptible, fragments free fall. Hold them close.
    In Conversation
    • Adrianne Finelli
      Adrianne Finelli is an artist and curator and the media technology specialist in the Department of Film and Media at UC Berkeley.
    • Jon Shibata
      Jon Shibata is BAMPFA’s film archivist.
    • Pamela Vadakan
      Pamela Vadakan is the director of California Revealed, a California State Library initiative that helps cultural heritage organizations digitize, preserve, and provide online access to materials docum
    7 PM
    Sunday, February 5, 2023
    7 PM
    Rolands Kalniņš,
    Latvia, USSR,
    1967,
    (112 mins)
    An idealistic singer in a fledgling Latvian rock band fights censorship and indifference in this inventive musical, which earned comparisons to the French New Wave. With Gyula Gazdag’s The Selection, a Hungarian take on the intersection of socialism and rock and roll.
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    Wednesday, February 8, 2023
    7 PM
    (96 mins)
    The members of the Australian Indigenous media group the Karrabing Film Collective use cell phones and handheld cameras to record daily life in their rural community as a form of grassroots resistance.
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    7 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Thursday, February 9, 2023
    7 PM
    Pratibha Parmar,
    United Kingdom,
    1991,
    (90 mins)
    A fierce and loving assessment of the social movements of the 1960s from the vantage point of the 1990s culture wars, featuring three influential Black feminist intellectuals: Angela Y. Davis, Alice Walker, and June Jordan. Screening with Sari Red and Khush.
    In Conversation
    • Pratibha Parmar
    • Paola Bacchetta
      Paola Bacchetta is a professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley.
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    Friday, February 10, 2023
    7 PM
    Alain Tasma,
    France,
    2005,
    (106 mins)
    Inspired by the fiction/documentary blends of such socially committed British filmmakers as Alan Clarke and Ken Loach, and by the incendiary force of The Battle of Algiers, director Tasma reimagines an event that has been shamefully ignored in France’s textbooks, but whose scars still linger.
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    Saturday, February 11, 2023
    5 PM
    Hong Sangsoo,
    South Korea,
    1998,
    (109 mins)
    The beauty of Korea’s Kangwon vacation hotspot desperately competes with the vainglory of its visitors in Hong’s philosophical diptych on modern love and loneliness. “A coolly bracing drama of the mysterious bonds of lovers” (Richard Brody, New Yorker).  
    Saturday, February 11, 2023
    7:30 PM
    Hong Sangsoo,
    South Korea,
    2015,
    (121 mins)
    The fine line between love and missed connection is played then replayed in this story of a traveling film director and the young painter he befriends during one long day’s journey into an inevitably soju-tainted evening.
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    Sunday, February 12, 2023
    4 PM
    Dorothée-Myriam Kellou,
    Algeria, France,
    2019,
    (123 mins)
    French filmmaker Kellou accompanies her father, Malek, on his return home to the village of Mansourah, Algeria, for the first time since his childhood. Mansourah was one of thousands of communities turned into resettlement camps by the French military. With Drowning by Bullets, which reveals a story that quickly died, suppressed by the French government and a complicit press.
    Sunday, February 12, 2023
    7 PM
    Gerhard Klingenberg,
    German Democratic Republic,
    1960,
    (112 mins)
    Released the year before the building of the Berlin Wall, this farce imagines the relocation of a village from East to West Germany. With Vlastimil Venclík’s Czech short The Uninvited Guest about a couple confronting—then growing accustomed to—an intruder.
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    Wednesday, February 15, 2023
    7 PM
    Sueli Maxakali, Isael Maxakali,
    Brazil,
    2019,
    (97 mins)
    Yãmĩyhex, The Woman-Spirit is “a film haunted by a myth, inhabited by the careful construction of rituals and celebration, moved by the force of a spiritual bond with every manifestation of life” (Sheffield DocFest).
    Prerecorded Conversation
    • Sueli Maxakali
    • Isael Maxakali
    • Carolina Canguçu
      Carolina Canguçu is an assistant director of Yãmĩyhex, The Woman-Spirit.
    • Roberto Romero
      Roberto Romero is an assistant director of Yãmĩyhex, The Woman-Spirit.
    • Natalia Brizuela
      Natalia Brizuela is the Class of 1930 Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies and a professor in the Departments of Film & Media and Spanish & Portuguese at UC Berkeley.
    • Gustavo Caboco
      In Person
      Gustavo Caboco is an artist from the Wapichana people in Brazil. 
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    7 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Thursday, February 16, 2023
    7 PM
    (64 mins)
    Out of the vault and into your heart, we present 16mm projections around the theme of play, featuring junk sculpture, synth jam, ice cream knee, sour face, unsteady cake, sprocket damage, bunny ditty, tree swing, splice pop, and joy.
    In Conversation
    • Adrianne Finelli
      Adrianne Finelli is an artist and curator and the media technology specialist in the Department of Film and Media at UC Berkeley.
    • Jon Shibata
      Jon Shibata is BAMPFA’s film archivist.
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    7 PM
    Friday, February 17, 2023
    7 PM
    Jean-Luc Godard,
    France,
    1963,
    (88 mins)
    While it deflates the thriller genre with all manner of narrative diversions, Le petit soldat was banned for three years in France for deflating another type of fiction: the myth of French antiterrorist heroism in general, and in particular the idea that antiterrorist groups were “above” using torture.
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    Saturday, February 18, 2023
    5 PM
    Black Life is thrilled to welcome Oakland-born filmmaker Paige Taul back to the East Bay for a screening and conversation about her films. Primarily shot on 16 and super 8mm film, her works “engage with and challenge assumptions of Black cultural expression and notions of belonging.”
    In Conversation
    • Paige Taul
    • ruth gebreyesus
      ruth gebreyesus, a writer and producer based in the Bay Area, is currently the cocurator of Black Life.
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    Saturday, February 18, 2023
    7:30 PM
    Hong Sangsoo,
    South Korea,
    2021,
    (85 mins)
    A former actress returns to Seoul to reconnect with her past. “Intimate and fluid . . . [a] serenely passionate deployment of art as resistance to mortality” (Richard Brody, New Yorker).
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    Sunday, February 19, 2023
    5 PM
    Marceline Loridan-Ivens, Jean-Pierre Sergent,
    France,
    1962,
    (68 mins)
    The groundbreaking documentary Algeria, Year Zero, filmed just months after the end of the war, was initially censored in both Algeria and France. With two rare short films, I Am Eight Years Old, which reveals the effects of the war on refugee children, and Algeria in Flames, wartime footage from the National Liberation Army’s perspective.
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    Sunday, February 19, 2023
    7 PM
    Lucian Pintilie,
    Romania,
    1968,
    (100 mins)

    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

    The police force two friends to reenact a drunken crime on-screen—with awkward results—in Pintilie’s masterful satire, voted best Romanian film of all time in a poll of Romanian critics.
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    • Film
    Wednesday, February 22, 2023
    7 PM
    Safi Faye,
    Senegal,
    1979,
    (112 mins)
    In Fad’jal, the groundbreaking Senegalese-French filmmaker and ethnologist Safi Faye investigates traditions of storytelling through a beautiful portrait of her ancestral farming village. 
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    • Film
    • In-Person
    Thursday, February 23, 2023
    7 PM
    Pratibha Parmar,
    United States,
    2022,
    (90 mins)
    This essential and timely corrective to the understanding and legacy of the late writer and activist Andrea Dworkin, described by John Berger as “perhaps the most misrepresented writer in the Western world,” “traces pivotal moments in the life of a fearless fighter” (Lucy Mukerjee, Tribeca Film Festival).
    In Conversation
    • Pratibha Parmar
    • Irene Lusztig
      Irene Lusztig is a filmmaker, archival researcher, amateur seamstress, and professor of film and digital media at UC Santa Cruz.
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    • Film
    Friday, February 24, 2023
    7 PM
    Michael Haneke,
    Austria, France, Germany, Italy,
    2005,
    (117 mins)
    “The mystery behind a series of anonymous videotapes that appear on the doorstep of a middle class Parisian family gradually turns into a metaphor about the First World’s fear of violence it has itself created and then repressed from consciousness” (Deborah Young, Variety).
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    Saturday, February 25, 2023
    12 PM
    PJ Letofsky,
    United States,
    2019,
    (100 mins)
    Austrian American architect Richard Neutra (1892–1970) designed 350 buildings around the world and was noted for his vision of environment, ecology, and livability. This information-rich documentary will be of interest to generalists and specialists alike in the areas of twentieth-century architecture and restoration, psychology, and aesthetics.
    In Conversation
    • Lisa Heschong
      Lisa Heschong is an architect and founding principal of the Heschong Mahone Group (HMG), a building science consulting firm, where she led ground-breaking research showing a relationship between dayli
    • Richard Jackson
      Richard Jackson, MD MPH, is Professor emeritus at the Fielding School of Public Health at the UCLA where he was Department Chair in Environmental Health Sciences.
    • Lindsay Baker
      As CEO of the International Living Future Institute, Lindsay Baker is the organization’s chief strategist, charged with delivering on its mission to lead the transformation toward a civilization that
    • Raymond Richard Neutra
      Raymond Richard Neutra, the youngest son of Richard Neutra, will moderate the post-screening panel discussion on the topic of Neutra’s modernist design.
    • PJ Letofsky
      Introduction
      PJ Letofsky is the director of Neutra: Survival Through Design.
    Saturday, February 25, 2023
    4:30 PM
    Assia Djebar,
    Algeria,
    1982,
    (82 mins)
    Algerian novelist and filmmaker Djebar’s experimental The Zerda and the Songs of Forgetting reinterprets French colonial newsreel footage from the period 1912–42, giving voice to those who were once silenced. With The Women, a testament to the call for women’s emancipation in Algeria.
    • Soraya Tlatli
      Introduction
      Soraya Tlatli is associate professor, Department of French, UC Berkeley, and a specialist on Francophone literature from North Africa, as well as colonial and postcolonial historiography.
    Saturday, February 25, 2023
    7 PM
    Kira Muratova,
    Ukraine, USSR,
    1989,
    (153 mins)
    Legendary director Muratova’s demented chronicle of the absurdities and insults of post-glasnost Soviet life takes its title and cues from a psychological condition that alternates between maniacal aggression and apathetic inaction. “A movie that breaks all the rules” (Jonathan Rosenbaum).
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    Sunday, February 26, 2023
    1:30 PM
    Bertrand Tavernier,
    France,
    1992,
    (247 mins)

    Digital Restoration

    Assembled from fifty hours of footage, the film focuses on twenty-eight veterans—all conscripts and of every shade of political conviction. The film’s remarkable power and universality lies in the human dimension of these veterans, as they bring the events of the past to life with searing and enlightening honesty.

    Presented with a 20-minute intermission

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    Wednesday, March 1, 2023
    7 PM
    Alice Diop,
    France,
    2016,
    (94 mins)
    Born in France to Senegalese parents, Alice Diop (Saint Omer) brings a unique perspective to migrant and Black diaspora experience. Influenced by Jean Rouch and Frederick Wiseman, she makes films that bring those on the periphery to the center. 

    Tickets go on sale February 9.

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    • Film
    • In-Person
    Thursday, March 2, 2023
    7 PM
    Donagh Coleman ,
    Estonia, Finland, Ireland,
    2022,
    (91 mins)

    Copresented with the Center for Buddhist Studies and the UC Berkeley Anthropology Department

    In what Tibetans call tukdam, deceased meditators have shown no signs of death for days or weeks. Juxtaposing ground-breaking scientific research and Tibetan perspectives, this creative documentary challenges our notion of life and death—and where we draw the line between them.

    Tickets go on sale February 9.

    In Conversation
    • Donagh Coleman
    • David Perlman
      David Perlman, PhD worked ten years in Richie Davidson’s lab, where he designed and managed the first phase of the Tukdam research project.
    • Jacob Dalton
      Jacob Dalton is a professor of Tibetan Studies in the Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies at UC Berkeley.
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    • Film
    • In-Person
    Friday, March 3, 2023
    7 PM
    Cheryl Dunye,
    United States,
    1996,
    (81 mins)

    New Restoration

    A Black lesbian video store clerk and would-be filmmaker becomes obsessed with an early “race film” star in Dunye’s pioneering “funky screwball comedy in the key of queer” (B. Ruby Rich).

    Tickets go on sale February 9.

    • Allegra Madsen
      Introduction
      Allegra Madsen is the director of programming at Frameline San Francisco LGBTQ+ Film Festival, the largest and longest-running queer film festival in the world.
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    • Film
    Saturday, March 4, 2023
    7 PM
    Andy Warhol, Chuck Wein,
    United States,
    1965,
    (126 mins)
    Warhol’s brilliantly bitchy masterpiece of voyeurism, desire, and boredom on Fire Island. With shorts by Curt McDowell (Confessions), James Broughton (Testament), and José Rodriguez-Soltero (Jerovi).

    Tickets go on sale February 9.