Sun Jul 22, 2018 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The first of Becker’s three loosely plotted postwar films on the changing structure of French life, Antoine et Antoinette follows one young working-class couple in a cramped, overcrowded Paris, and the husband’s desperate search for a missing lottery ticket.
Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Khaled (Sherwan Haji) emerges from a pile of coal on a ship docked in Helsinki. A refugee from Syria, searching for the sister who is his only surviving relative, he is quickly absorbed into the bureaucracy of exile. It is only after exchanging blows with newly minted restaurateur Wikstrom (Sakari Kuosmanen), who finds Khaled sleeping next to the garbage bins of the Golden Pint restaurant, that...
Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
A fatalistic elegy for the war dead, Harp of Burma links beauty with a sense of loss, and loss with salvation. Burma at the close of World War II is a no-man’s-land, a quiet emptiness where there used to be life. But the Himalayas still move villagers to dream, and captured Japanese soldiers to sing in sweet harmony; Burma is still “Buddha’s country.”
Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Affirmative Action is an evening-length collaborative production foregrounding concepts of transparency, radical diversity, and inclusion. Composed by five musicians of color (Zachary Watkins, Raven Chacon, Sharmi Basu, Morgan Craft, and Ava Mendoza) and performed by the two white cis men of The Living Earth Show, Affirmative Action highlights the “lens of whiteness” through which artists of...
Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Romantic fatalism, the French cinema of lost ideals, is associated with the 1930s, but it held sway well into the sixties. Seeing Casque d’or, one can see why Becker was a hero for the New Wave directors.
Sun Jul 29, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The Middle of the World describes a love affair between Paul, a Swiss engineer running for political office, and Adriana, an Italian immigrant working as a waitress. This cool, highly erotic, teasingly ambiguous film is one of the few convincing, truly modern treatises on love, one not divorced from the contexts of politics, class, and geography.
Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Snakes and elephants and dragons, oh my. On view this session, good luck snakes twine and multiply in Mithila artist Baua Devi’s drawings; elephants abound in Indian playing cards and miniatures, as well as a 1979 Joel Sternfeld color photograph; dragons twist and coil in an atmospheric fan painting by Zhou Xun and a sixteenth-century woodcut of St. George by Giuseppe Scolari; tigers prowl...
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The Lovers of Montparnasse is really about a wrecked man unable to rise above the gravity of his failure. In the sad gestures of Philipe (who himself would soon die), we realize that Modigliani’s paintings are the artifacts of a fall. (Steve Seid)
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Campbell Hall
This month's Astronomy Night @ UC Berkeley features our first ever film screening about the search for pulsars (a rapidly rotating stellar remnant), followed by a Q&A with the director of the film and a pulsar expert! As always, come join us at Campbell Hall on the UC Berkeley campus on the first Thursday of every month for a FREE night of astronomy and stargazing on the roof with our fleet of...
Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The cinema of Alain Tanner has always made room for society’s dropouts and dreamers, and nowhere more so than in his most celebrated work (coauthored by John Berger), which tracks a ragtag group of Swiss strangers, brought together by chance and a shared anticapitalist spirit, and the little refuge they create for themselves in the face of political and economic failures. (Jason Sanders)