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    Sunday, March 29, 2020
    1 PM
    Ulrike Ottinger,
    Germany,
    2016,
    (156 mins)

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    Continuing her exploration of Chukotka and points north, Ottinger documents varied facets of the region’s natural, cultural, and political history, and travels to the remote outpost of Wrangel Island, home to polar bears and a few hardy humans.
    4:30 PM
    Sunday, March 29, 2020
    4:30 PM
    Taghi Amirani,
    United Kingdom,
    2019,
    (119 mins)

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    A fascinating investigation into the 1953 Anglo-American coup d’état in Iran that displaced democratically elected prime minister Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed the despotic Mohammad Reza Pahlavi as shah. “Passionate and fearless” (Hollywood Reporter).
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    3:10 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Wednesday, April 1, 2020
    3:10 PM
    Federico Fellini,
    Italy,
    1973,
    (127 mins)

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    Digital Restoration

    Amarcord also screens Thursday, January 23, and Saturday, March 21 (without lecture).

    Fellini’s free-spirited portrait of Rimini in the 1930s, when fascism was a fact of life. “As full of tales as Scheherazade, some romantic, some slapstick, some elegiacal, some bawdy, some mysterious . . . a film of exhilarating beauty” (New York Times).
    Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations. 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.
    • David Thomson
      Lecture
      David Thomson is the author of The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies—and What They Have Done to Us; Have You Seen . . . ?
    7 PM
    Wednesday, April 1, 2020
    7 PM
    Trinh T. Minh-ha,
    United States,
    2001,

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    Trinh T. Minh-ha’s essayistic work explores Japan’s everyday life and rituals with her usual sense of lyricism, investigation, and play. “Functions as a recurrent melody, appealing to all the senses” (Locarno Film Festival).
    • Trinh T. Minh-ha
      Les Blank Lecture
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    Thursday, April 2, 2020
    7 PM
    Lucian Pintilie,
    Romania,
    1968,
    (100 mins)

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick!

    The police force two friends to reenact a drunken crime on screen—with awkward results—in Lucian Pintilie’s masterful satire, voted best Romanian film of all time in a poll of Romanian critics.
    Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations.
    • Gabriel M. Paletz
      Introduction
      A film scholar, journalist, teacher, and curator, Gabriel M. Paletz has written for Variety and now teaches at the Prague Film School in the Czech Republic. 
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    Friday, April 3, 2020
    6:30 PM
    (117 mins)

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    This program also screens Wednesday, March 4, with a lecture by Russell Merritt.

    Three Fellini shorts originally released as parts of omnibus films: The Marriage Agency (from the neorealist anthology Love in the City), The Temptations of Doctor Antonio (from the Decameron-inspired sex farce Boccaccio ’70), and Toby Dammit (from the Poe collection Spirits of the Dead). 
    Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations.
    Friday, April 3, 2020
    9 PM
    (75 mins)

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    Free Admission!
    Student Filmmakers in Person

    Join the BAMPFA Student Committee for their annual showcase of short films made by students in Berkeley and the wider Bay Area.
    Free admission
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    Saturday, April 4, 2020
    1 PM
    Ulrike Ottinger,
    Germany,
    2016,
    (177 mins)

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    Ottinger’s Bering Sea voyage concludes with Bering Island and the peninsula of Kamchatka, a land long held in tension between continuity and displacement, beauty and exploitation.
    Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations.
    5 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Saturday, April 4, 2020
    5 PM
    Tadeusz Chmielewski,
    Poland,
    1971,
    (99 mins)

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    Digital Restoration
    Film to Table dinner follows

    This lighthearted comedy turns a dysfunctional Warsaw into a slapstick playground worthy of Jacques Tati, balancing criticism and lyricism in its portrait of the forgotten details of daily life in a socialist state.
    Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations.
    • Gabriel M. Paletz
      Introduction
      A film scholar, journalist, teacher, and curator, Gabriel M. Paletz has written for Variety and now teaches at the Prague Film School in the Czech Republic.
    Saturday, April 4, 2020
    6:45 PM

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    Four-course dinner with wine pairing

    Following our screening of Tadeusz Chmielewski's I Hate Mondays, join fellow cinephiles at our communal table for dinner and warm conversation. 
    Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations. $95 per person. Film and dinner tickets must be purchased separately. Call Babette at (510) 684-3046 with questions.
    8 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Saturday, April 4, 2020
    8 PM
    Jean-Luc Godard,
    France,
    1982,
    (87 mins)

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    BAMPFA Collection

    Two directors create a film based on tableaux vivants of famous paintings, but find the true stories beyond the frames, in Godard’s essay on labor, love, and capital. Isabelle Huppert, Michel Piccoli, and Hanna Schygulla star.
    Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations.
    • Tom Luddy
      Introduction
      While working as a producer with American Zoetrope in the 1980s and ’90s, Tom Luddy coordinated the studio’s collaboration with Jean-Luc Godard.
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    Sunday, April 5, 2020
    2:30 PM
    Halina Dyrschka,
    Germany,
    2019,
    (93 mins)

    This film is now available to stream at home on your TV, computer, or mobile device. Learn more

    This documentary illuminates the story of visionary Swedish painter Hilma af Klint, who began creating radically abstract paintings in 1906—before the celebrated modernists of the early twentieth century—yet has only recently come to international attention.
    Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations.
    4:30 PM
    Sunday, April 5, 2020
    4:30 PM
    Peter Solan,
    Czechoslovakia,
    1964,
    (92 mins)

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    Digital Restoration

    A humble triangle player in a city orchestra unexpectedly winds up its party director and, engorged with a taste of power, soon becomes a tyrant in Slovak director Peter Solan’s droll send-up of authority and hypocrisy.
    Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations.
    • Gabriel M. Paletz
      Introduction
      A film scholar, journalist, teacher, and curator, Gabriel M. Paletz has written for Variety and now teaches at the Prague Film School in the Czech Republic.
    Sunday, April 5, 2020
    7 PM
    Federico Fellini,
    Italy,
    1970,
    (93 mins)

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more


    Digital Restoration

    The Clowns also screens Wednesday, March 25, with a lecture by Russell Merritt.

    Fellini’s tribute to the world of the clown is—like so much of his supposedly nonfiction work—part documentary, part autobiography, and suffused with fantasy. “Fellini turns the world into his circus” (Time). 
    Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations.
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    Tuesday, April 7, 2020
    6:30 PM
    Ulrike Ottinger,
    Germany,
    2004,
    (198 mins)

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    Digital Restoration

    Ottinger’s glorious adaptation of a 1920s Ukrainian Soviet satire is both a picaresque post-revolutionary tale of avarice and a fascinating document of Ukraine circa 2004.
    Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations.
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    Wednesday, April 8, 2020
    7 PM
    Rithy Panh,
    Cambodia, France,
    2018,
    (115 mins)

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    In his latest film, Rithy Panh reflects on the search for peace after tragic loss—in this case, the Cambodian genocide, in which most of his family perished. “At once emotionally overwhelming, visually ravishing, and intellectually stimulating” (Hollywood Reporter).
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    Wednesday, April 22, 2020
    3:10 PM
    Chantal Akerman,
    France,
    1982,
    (106 mins)

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick!

    Chantal Akerman follows Pina Bausch and company on a European tour in this film intended as not just a documentary on Bausch but “a journey through her world.” With Bausch’s Café Müller, which “showed me in forty minutes more about men and women than the entire history of cinema” (Wim Wenders).
    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.
    • Sima Belmar
      In Conversation
      Sima Belmar is a lecturer in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley, and the ODC writer in residence.
    Wednesday, April 22, 2020
    7 PM
    Nicolás Pereda,
    Mexico, United States,
    2018,
    (50 mins)

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    Acclaimed Mexican-Canadian filmmaker Nicolás Pereda returns to BAMPFA with this film/performance/lecture on the life and work of one “C. B.,” an artist, political activist, amateur archeologist, and anarchist.
    In Conversation
    • Nicolás Pereda
    • Natalia Brizuela
      Natalia Brizuela teaches in UC Berkeley’s Departments of Film and Media and Spanish and Portuguese.
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    Thursday, April 23, 2020
    7 PM
    Pina Bausch,
    Germany,
    1990,
    (104 mins)

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    Imported 35mm Print

    This brilliant video notebook offers unfiltered insight into Bausch’s wide-ranging imagination through a series of evocative intersecting scenes set in and around Wuppertal.
    • Sima Belmar
      Introduction
      Sima Belmar is a lecturer in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley, and the ODC writer in residence.
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    Friday, April 24, 2020
    4 PM
    Ulrike Ottinger,
    Germany, Japan,
    2011,
    (103 mins)

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    Digital Restoration

    In a film that is part documentary, part myth, Ottinger transports us to the Echigo region of northwestern Japan, where heavy snow blankets the landscape for more than half the year and distinctive ways of life have evolved.
    Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations.
    Friday, April 24, 2020
    7 PM
    Federico Fellini,
    Italy,
    1955,
    (104 mins)

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    Digital Restoration

    The screening of Il bidone listed in the BAMPFA Program Guide on February 16 has been rescheduled for Friday, April 24, at 7 PM. We regret any inconvenience.

    Three con men pose as priests to trick peasants out of cash in Fellini’s sadly ironic study of misguided faith, whether in religion or upward mobility. The closest Fellini would come to film noir.
    Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations.
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    • Families
    • Film
    Saturday, April 25, 2020
    3 PM
    Jean-François Laguionie,
    Belgium, Canada, France,
    2011,
    (78 mins)

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    Recommended for ages 9 & up

    An animated parable set in a kingdom within a painting, where people are divided into three social classes based on how finely finished their painted figures are. This inventive and artful film is a treat for the eyes and imagination.
    Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations.
    Saturday, April 25, 2020
    5 PM
    Pavel Juráček,
    Czechoslovakia,
    1969,
    (102 mins)

    Digital Restoration

    Pavel Juráček imaginatively adapted part of Gulliver’s Travels into a sci-fi journey through socialist Czechoslovakia. The film’s allusions to uncomfortable truths caused it to be “banned forever.”
    Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations.
    7:15 PM
    Saturday, April 25, 2020
    7:15 PM
    Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud,
    Tunisia,
    2018,
    (102 mins)
    A Tunisian living abroad returns home to discover his deceased son had joined a radical Islamist group in this passionate drama on fanaticism and the Arab Spring’s broken dreams, coproduced by the Dardenne brothers. Winner, Best Arabic Film, Cairo Film Festival.
    Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations.
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    11 AM–3 PM
    • Activity
    • Art
    • Families
    • Film
    • Free
    Sunday, April 26, 2020
    11 AM–3 PM

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    Bring the family for a full day of art, books, music and film—with free admission for everyone!
    Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations. Free admission
    Series Family Events
    Sunday, April 26, 2020
    3 PM
    Hawley Pratt,
    United States,
    1972,
    (24 mins)

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    Based on the book by Dr. Seuss, this short film tells the story of a young boy’s encounter with a ruined industrialist whose greed left his environment a treeless wasteland. If only the man had listened to the warnings of the wise old Lorax!
    Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations. Free admission
    Sunday, April 26, 2020
    4 PM
    Federico Fellini,
    Italy,
    1979,
    (122 mins)

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    Digital Restoration

    Originally made for Italian TV, this satirical pseudo-documentary about the tensions within an orchestra draws on Fellini’s collaborations with composer Nino Rota. With Fellini: A Director’s Notebook, a self-reflective wander through the director’s mind and the city of Rome.
    Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations.
    Sunday, April 26, 2020
    7 PM
    Pedro Almodóvar,
    Spain,
    2002,
    (112 mins)

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    Pina Bausch’s Café Müller was one of Almodóvar’s inspirations for this Academy Award–winning film about the friendship between two men, each caring for a woman in a coma. “Almodóvar’s most mature and mysterious movie” (Newsweek).
    Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations.
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    Wednesday, April 29, 2020
    7 PM
    Rosine Mbakam,
    Belgium, Cameroon,
    2016,
    (91 mins)
    “The filmmaker reinventing how African women are portrayed in movies” (NPR), Rosine Mbakam turns the camera on her own remarkable mother and her generation in this captivating documentary. With Haminiaina Ratovoarivony’s short Razana.
    Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations.
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    Thursday, April 30, 2020
    7 PM
    Rolands Kalniņš,
    USSR,
    1967,
    (112 mins)

    Digital Restoration

    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 ’n’ roll.
    Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations.
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    Friday, May 1, 2020
    5:30 PM
    Federico Fellini,
    Italy,
    1956,
    (110 mins)

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    Digital Restoration

    The great Giulietta Masina portrays the spunky prostitute Cabiria in this humorous and ultimately transformative story of the survival of the human spirit. “The masterpiece of Masina’s collaboration with Fellini” (Albert Johnson).
    Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations.
    Friday, May 1, 2020
    8 PM
    Paul Schrader,
    United States,
    1985,
    (120 mins)

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    New Digital Restoration

    Paul Schrader’s riveting docu-fiction retells the life and death of Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima, supported by Philip Glass’s compelling score, Eiko Ishioka’s remarkable set designs, and a riveting Ken Ogata performance. “One of the most gorgeous and sophisticated portraits of an artist ever put on film” (New Yorker).
    Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations.
    • Tom Luddy
      Introduction
      Producer of Mishima, Tom Luddy is the cofounder and codirector of the Telluride Film Festival and a former director and curator of the Pacific Film Archive.
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    Saturday, May 2, 2020
    5 PM
    Pedro Almodóvar,
    Spain,
    2019,
    (113 mins)

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    Ailing and adrift, a celebrated film director (Antonio Banderas) looks back at his work and life in Almodóvar’s pensive, tantalizingly self-reflexive drama, which garnered Academy Award nominations for Best Foreign Language Film and for Banderas's extraordinary performance.
    Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations.
    Saturday, May 2, 2020
    7 PM

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    Following our screening of Pedro Almodóvar's Pain and Glory, join fellow cinephiles at our communal table for dinner and warm conversation. 
    Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations. $95 per person. Film and dinner tickets must be purchased separately. Call Babette at (510) 684-3046 with questions.
    Saturday, May 2, 2020
    7:30 PM
    Federico Fellini,
    Italy,
    1980,
    (140 mins)

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    Fellini’s aging alter ego Marcello Mastroianni wanders through a woman-dominated dreamscape in this surrealist fantasia of female power and male sexual anxiety, the director’s fascinating attempt to grapple with feminism.
    Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations.