In conjunction with the BAM/PFA program Art for Human Rights, we present Alison Klayman's intimate portrait of Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, introduced by art critic and Ai's friend Jeff Kelley. "Ai Weiwei is captivating on camera, and the film makes the case that there...
The superlative American director Billy Wilder, who wrote and directed over two dozen films, worked the fine, serrated edge between-between dark noirs and ribald comedies, between blithe romance and sorrowful drama. Our series showcases his pithy storylines, breakneck banter, and...
Filmmakers & Critics in Conversation
Filmmaker Nino Kirtadze is known for documentaries that explore contemporary Georgia, Russia, or the relationship between the two. She joins us for short residency to present her work and to discuss them, and the issues they raise, with film critic Michael Guillen.
Opening Week CelebrationFebruary 3–7, 2016
Celebrate and remember our storied past as we embark on this exciting new chapter in our institution’s history.
Pialat (1925–2003) is considered the greatest French filmmaker of the post–New Wave era. A gifted storyteller, Pialat made films that capture the authenticity of real life.
Go behind the scenes with this lecture/screening series featuring presentations by America’s leading film archivists.
A selection of recent and historical films that extend the documentary form in provocative ways. With Alan Berliner as our first Les Blank Lecturer.
The festival spotlights new work from Africa and the African diaspora, including a new crop of documentaries.
Join wildly entertaining filmmaker Guy Maddin as he presents his own work, including 2015's The Forbidden Room, plus some of his favorites from film history.
Introduce young people to the joys of the big-screen cinematic experience with Saturday afternoons at the movies.
Stories told by everyday people about their lives—"films as conversations"—from legendary Brazilian documentarian Eduardo Coutinho (1933–2014).
Revolutionary cinema from French director Jean Epstein (1897–1953), including his poetic adaptation of The Fall of the House of Usher.
Discover the complex and subtle films of Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan, "one of the most important auteurs working today" (NY Times), including his latest, the Palme d'Or recipient Winter Sleep.
Three powerful documentaries from Charles Ferguson, including his latest, about climate change.
In this lecture/screening series, experts guide us in an exploration of key works of Japanese cinema.
Isaac Julien, a central figure in British visual culture and queer independent cinema, presents his boundary-pushing work over two evenings.
BAMPFA is the exclusive East Bay venue for the San Francisco International Film Festival, an annual showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation.
In films ranging from B-movie potboilers to beguiling metaphysical mysteries, Seijun Suzuki's audaciously experimental approach has gained him a cult following both in Japan and abroad.
A retrospective featuring recently restored films by Wim Wenders, "a must-see for cinephiles of all stripes” (Rodrigo Perez, Indiewire).
This traveling showcase is a grab bag of genres spanning six decades of American cinema, from comedy to melodrama to war film to Western.
BAMPFA partners with the Berkeley Festival to celebrate Baroque music with concerts and films.
Presented in collaboration with the Bay Area Book Festival, this series celebrates the dialogue between film and books and includes many literary luminaries in person.
Fiction, nonfiction, and experimental films encourage us to contemplate and debate the role of museums in contemporary society.
The influence of Vienna—an essential cockpit of modernism—on cinema. Includes films by Fritz Lang, Ernst Lubitsch, Max Ophuls, Josef von Sternberg, Billy Wilder, and more.
Local luminaries Tiffany Shlain, Vijay Anderson, and Gary Meyer present films that have inspired them.
Dennis Lim takes us on a five-program exploration of “the Lynchian," the world of abysmal terror, piercing beauty, and convulsive sorrow created by filmmaker David Lynch.
La Notte, Ixcanul, Elevator to the Gallows, and Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil
Ozu’s thoughful and poetic postwar films focusing on middle-class life, including the Noriko trilogy starring Setsuko Hara.