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    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    Originally made for Italian TV, this satirical pseudo-documentary about the tensions within an orchestra draws on Fellini’s collaborations with composer Nino Rota.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.
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    Sunday, May 3, 2020
    4:30 PM
    (75 mins)

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

    Join the filmmakers for a program of the outstanding student films that are this year’s prizewinners and honorable mentions for the Eisner Prize, the highest award for creativity given on the UC Berkeley campus.
    Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations. Free admission
    Sunday, May 3, 2020
    7 PM
    (100 mins)

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

    This program of recent shorts focuses on women’s stories and struggles in Africa and the diaspora. Titles include Marielle’s Legacy Will Not Die (Leonard Cortana, Brazil), My Beloved Co-Wife (Angèle Diabang, Nigeria), Awani (Aderonke Adeola, Nigeria), and The Prophetess (Sylvie Weber, Congo).
    Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations.
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    Tuesday, May 5, 2020
    7 PM
    Wim Wenders,
    Germany,
    2011,
    (106 mins)

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

    Special 3-D screening at the California Theatre, 2113 Kittredge Street, Berkeley

    Filmed shortly after Bausch’s death, Pina was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary and is frequently cited as one of the best dance movies—and 3-D movies—ever made. The dancing is exuberant and electrifying, especially on the big screen.
    At California Theatre
    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.
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    Wednesday, May 6, 2020
    7 PM
    Federico Fellini,
    Italy,
    1983,
    (132 mins)

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

    Digital Restoration

    The admirers of a recently deceased opera diva gather on an ocean liner for a final voyage in Fellini’s opulently stylized drama, “a celebration of spectacle” (Vincent Canby).
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    Thursday, May 7, 2020
    7 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.
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    Friday, May 8, 2020
    7 PM
    Joël Karekezi,
    Belgium, France, Rwanda,
    2018,
    (91 mins)

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

    Two Rwandan soldiers embark on a journey of survival through the unforgiving jungle in this visceral feature—inspired by Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line—from Joël Karekezi, himself a survivor of the Rwandan genocide.
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    Saturday, May 9, 2020
    5 PM
    Anne Tinsel, Rainer Hoffmann,
    Germany,
    2010,
    (89 mins)

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

    This documentary follows a group of teenagers with no previous dance experience as they learn to perform Pina Bausch’s iconic dance Kontakthof (Contact Zone). This would be Bausch’s last appearance on screen.
    Saturday, May 9, 2020
    7 PM
    Federico Fellini,
    Italy,
    1965,
    (148 mins)

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

    Digital Restoration

    A bourgeois housewife (a mesmerizing Giulietta Masina) embraces a world of fantasy in one of Fellini’s most spectacular, imaginative works.
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    Sunday, May 10, 2020
    4:30 PM
    Federico Fellini,
    Italy,
    1986,
    (126 mins)

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

    Digital Restoration

    Giulietta Masina and Marcello Mastroianni star as an aging dance duo invited to perform on a TV variety show in Fellini’s film, both a fond tribute to vaudeville and a withering assault on the meaningless opulence of commercial television. 
    Sunday, May 10, 2020
    7 PM
    Gerhard Klingenberg,
    German Democratic Republic,
    1960,
    (112 mins)

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

    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, on a couple confronting—then growing accustomed to—an intruder.
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    Wednesday, May 13, 2020
    7 PM
    Akira Kurosawa,
    Japan,
    1980,
    (160 mins)

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

    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick!

    George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola helped produce Kurosawa’s big-budget return to epic filmmaking, involving a lord and his double (both played by Tatsuya Nakadai) trying to hold a kingdom together. “Probably the director’s most elaborate, awesome film . . . majestic, stately, cool, almost abstract” (New York Times).
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    Thursday, May 14, 2020
    7 PM
    Federico Fellini,
    Italy,
    1987,
    (105 mins)

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

    Digital Restoration

    Fellini turns the camera on himself in this pseudo-documentary, which uses a Japanese TV crew’s visit to the Cinecittà studio as the pretext for a series of glimpses into the filmmaker’s methods and thoughts.
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    7 PM
    Friday, May 15, 2020
    7 PM
    Kira Muratova,
    USSR,
    1989,
    (153 mins)

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

    Legendary director Kira 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).
    • Stanislav Menzelevskyi
      Introduction
      Stanislav Menzelevskyi, a film scholar and curator, is head of the Research Department of the Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Center and currently a Fulbright visiting scholar at UC Berkeley.
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    4:30 PM
    Saturday, May 16, 2020
    4:30 PM
    John Sayles,
    Ireland, United States,
    1994,
    (103 mins)

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

    Newly Restored Print!
    Recommended for ages 9 & up

    In this charming, beautifully photographed film about storytelling and family ties, a girl living with her grandparents in a remote Irish fishing village discovers a world of myth and magic. A “first-rate, all-ages fairy tale steeped in Irish folklore” (Hollywood Reporter).
    Saturday, May 16, 2020
    7 PM
    Federico Fellini,
    Italy,
    1960,
    (174 mins)

    The May 16 screening has been canceled. Learn more

    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick
    Film to Table dinner follows the January 26 screening

    Marcello Mastroianni stars as a jaded reporter drawn to the decadence of Rome in Fellini’s masterpiece, filled with jaw-dropping set pieces of both excess and warmth. “Fellini’s bizarre, extravagant visuals are absolutely riveting” (Time Out). 
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    Sunday, May 17, 2020
    4:30 PM
    Godfrey Reggio,
    United States,
    1982,
    (86 mins)

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

    Digital Restoration

    Koyaanisqatsi (a Hopi word for “life out of balance”) is one of the most successful avant-garde films of all time, a spectacular montage of images of American landscapes, industrial sites, cities, and people propelled by Philip Glass’s classic score.
    Tickets will be available later in March, pending public health recommendations.
    Sunday, May 17, 2020
    5 PM
    Watch a live conversation between Spaceship Earth director Matt Wolf and interdisciplinary artist Fritz Haeg, who has revived the historic Mendocino County commune Salmon Creek Farm. Moderated by Fanny Singer, the author of a new memoir about life with her mother, Alice Waters.
    Sunday, May 17, 2020
    7 PM
    Federico Fellini,
    Italy,
    1990,
    (118 mins)

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

    Digital Restoration

    Fellini’s dreamy, almost Beckett-like story follows a young, moonstruck wanderer (Roberto Benigni) and his friend, a plump, aging actor, a Laurel and Hardy–like pair seeking to understand the meanings of life. 
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    Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    7 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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    Thursday, May 21, 2020
    7 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.
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    Friday, May 29, 2020
    8 PM

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

    Off-Site Event at Shapeshifters Cinema, 567 67th St., Oakland
    Programmed by Alix Blevins

    Los Angeles–based filmmakers Andrew Kim and Karissa Hahn present recent solo and collaborative moving-image work.
    At Shapeshifters Cinema
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    All Day
    • Film
    • Free
    • Members
    • Ongoing
    Saturday, May 30, 2020
    All Day
    Henri-Georges Clouzot,
    France,
    1956,
    (78 mins)

    Free streaming presentation for BAMPFA members only!
    Available May 30–31. Password required.

    Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, this colorful documentary glimpse of the seventy-five-year-old Picasso captures the fecund nature of his creative process. “One of the most exciting and joyful movies ever made” (Pauline Kael).
    Free for BAMPFA members only. Password required.
    Available May 30–31, 2020.
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    All Day
    • Film
    • Free
    • Members
    • Ongoing
    Sunday, May 31, 2020
    All Day
    Henri-Georges Clouzot,
    France,
    1956,
    (78 mins)

    Free streaming presentation for BAMPFA members only!
    Available May 30–31. Password required.

    Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, this colorful documentary glimpse of the seventy-five-year-old Picasso captures the fecund nature of his creative process. “One of the most exciting and joyful movies ever made” (Pauline Kael).
    Free for BAMPFA members only. Password required.
    Available May 30–31, 2020.
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    7 PM
    Thursday, June 4, 2020
    7 PM
    Ulrike Ottinger,
    Austria, Germany,
    2007,
    (104 mins)

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

    Imported 35mm Print

    Ottinger’s award-winning documentary on the Prater amusement park in Vienna draws a parallel between the illusionary business of carnival freak shows and the bygone era of a cinema of attractions.
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