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Today's Film Programs

Saturday, August 23, 2014
The Brilliance of Satyajit Ray
6:30 p.m. Deliverance
Satyajit Ray (India, 1988)
Rude Awakening: American Comedy, 1990–2010
8:15 p.m. Zoolander
Ben Stiller (U.S., 2001)

Current Film Series

link image thumbnail The Brilliance of Satyajit Ray
January 17 - August 31
Before the “international art house circuit,” before “Third World Film,” before “slow cinema” and “rural realism,” there was Satyajit Ray, one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time. Discover—or rediscover—this legend of cinema with our expansive series, which continues through August and includes nearly all of his films.

link image thumbnail A Theater Near You
June 13 - August 31
A restored 35mm print of Antonioni's L'avventura, Last Year at Marienbad to remember Alain Resnais, the original 1954 version of Godzilla, and a restored final cut of The Wicker Man (the Citizen Kane of horror films).

link image thumbnail Kenji Mizoguchi: A Cinema of Totality
June 19 - August 29
Between the early 1920s and the year of his death, Kenji Mizoguchi (1898–1956) made more than seventy-five films, marked by elegant long takes and sequence shots and a thematic concern with the subjugation of women. This summer, we are delighted to screen sixteen of his films, many of them rarely seen.

link image thumbnail Rude Awakening: American Comedy, 1990–2010
June 27 - August 30
Our three-part survey of American comedy closes out with movies selected by you, the audience. You have chosen films that are destined to be classics, if they aren't already: Austin Powers, Groundhog Day, Best in Show, The Royal Tenenbaums, Knocked Up, Borat, The Big Lebowski, Office Space, and more.

link image thumbnail Derek Jarman, Visionary
July 5 - August 28
To mark the twentieth anniversary of Derek Jarman's death, we are pleased to screen a selection of his remarkable films, newly remastered by the BFI. Jarman (1942–1994), one of the most creative, idiosyncratic, and controversial filmmakers to come out of Britain, was known for his embrace of low-budget filmmaking, his willingness to unsettle audiences, and his vibrant exploration of a repressed queer history. And don't miss a screening of Andy Kimpton Nye's portrait of Jarman preceding a screening of Jarman's transcendent Blue on August 28.

link image thumbnail Over the Top and into the Wire: WWI on Film
August 2 - August 27
Timed to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of World War I, our series brings together a selection of the shorts, cartoons, and features that span the fifty years separating the Great War from the Cold War to suggest the range of responses to the conflict and its aftermath. Guest curated by UC Berkeley's Russell Merritt, who will give two short lectures.

Upcoming Film Series

link image thumbnail Free Outdoor Screening in the BAM/PFA Sculpture Garden
August 27 - August 27
Bring a blanket to the BAM/PFA sculpture garden for a free outdoor screening of Shack Out on 101, deliriously trashy espionage flick starring Lee Marvin. Plus surprise short!

link image thumbnail Alternative Visions
September 3 - November 19
Our annual fall series featuring avant-garde cinema includes guest presentations by filmmakers Laura Heit and Jerome Hiler, as well as a centennial tribute to local luminary James Broughton and a selection of films by a new generation of local artists. Two programs explore expanded projections, films with two images side by side or superimposed. Leslie Thornton also presents two programs of her work as part of our series Afterimage: Filmmakers and Critics in Conversation.

link image thumbnail Eyes Wide: The Films of Stanley Kubrick
September 4 - October 31
This complete Kubrick retrospective begins with his first feature, 1953’s Fear and Desire, an existentialist exercise in the futility of war, and ends with Eyes Wide Shut, an absurdist exercise in the depths of the erotic, released after his death in 1999. These thirteen films, made over a span of forty-six years, reveal the ever-curious, pessimistic, and meticulous mind of one our great directors.

link image thumbnail Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case
September 5 - September 5
This new Danish documentary following the Chinese dissident artist after his release from imprisonment for the “subversion of state power” sets the stage for I’m Weiwei, our film series on human rights coming this November and December.

link image thumbnail James Dean, Restored Classics from Warner Bros.
September 5 - September 20
This series dedicated to the iconic actor showcases beautiful new digital restorations of the three films James Dean made for Warner Brothers: East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause, and Giant.

link image thumbnail Activate Yourself: The Free Speech Movement at Fifty
September 11 - October 30
Activate Yourself brings together punchy, probing documentaries and feature films that testify to the expansive influence of the Free Speech Movement, born on the UC Berkeley campus fifty years ago this October. Expect a bevy of special guests at each screening, including veteran activists, experts on free speech, filmmakers, and others who witnessed Berkeley in the sixties. But don’t just watch, activate.

link image thumbnail Jean-Luc Godard: Expect Everything from Cinema
September 12 - October 23
This installment of our Godard retrospective focuses on the period 1968 to 1979, when the French New Wave director turned to the problem of how to “make films politically.” It includes work made with Jean-Pierre Gorin under the banner The Dziga Vertov Group—Gorin joins us in person for an illustrated lecture and to introduce Ici et ailleurs—and experimental works made in collaboration with Anne-Marie Miéville in the 1970s. We conclude with Godard’s “second first film,” Every Man For Himself; his return to narrative, Godard-style, is featured in the next installment of our series, which continues through April 2015.

link image thumbnail Banjo Tales and Musical Holdouts
September 16 - September 16
Join us for the world premiere of Banjo Tales, copresented with the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention. Yasha Aginsky’s film follows the legendary folklorist and string-band performer Mike Seeger (1993–2009) as he travels through Appalachia in search of traditional banjo players. Expect some live clawhammer-style banjo picking and special guest Alexia Smith, Mike Seeger’s widow. Plus John Cohen will introduce his short film Musical Holdouts.

link image thumbnail Discovering Georgian Cinema
September 26 - April 19
Inspired by BAM/PFA’s significant holdings of Soviet Georgian films, Discovering Georgian Cinema explores the rich cinematic tradition that has emerged from this distinctive cultural milieu during the past century. Including over fifty programs presented over seven months, this series offers multiple opportunities to encounter an impressive range of stylistic approaches and thematic concerns, as well as lyrical depictions of Georgia’s spectacular landscape.

link image thumbnail Film Course: Spotlight on Georgian Cinema
September 29 - October 27
A five-week film course offered in conjunction with the series Discovering Georgian Cinema, gives you the opportunity to view 35mm archival prints and learn more about Georgian history, geography, and culture, as well as the stylistic traditions of Georgian cinema, from leading authorities.

link image thumbnail Endless Summer Cinema
October 3 - October 10
Join us for two evenings of free films under the stars across the street from our future home in downtown Berkeley. Pedal on over on Friday, October 3 for Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and let your hair grow in time for This Is Spinal Tap on Friday, October 10. On the Crescent Lawn, Oxford Street between Center & Addison Streets.

link image thumbnail Also like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien
October 10 - December 14
We are pleased to present a retrospective of the work of Hou Hsiao-hsien, “the world’s greatest working narrative filmmaker” (J. Hoberman), who first came to prominence as a key figure of the New Taiwan Cinema movement of the 1980s. Our series begins in October with Hou’s early works, including screenings of his first three, extremely rare commercial films. The series continues through mid-December, with such acclaimed titles as Dust in the Wind, Flowers of Shanghai, and Café Lumière. "The twenty-first century belongs to Asia, and Hou is its historian, its prophet, and its poet laureate" (Jonathan Rosenbaum).

link image thumbnail Afterimage: Leslie Thornton
October 15 - October 16
New York–based experimental filmmaker Leslie Thornton combines original and found footage, sound, and texts to create indefinable works that cross narrative, science fiction, ethnography, and documentary forms. She presents her work and joins in conversation with Pooja Rangan, assistant professor of culture and media at the New School in New York, on October 15 and 16.