POST-SCREENING Q&A WITH SONIA BRAGA SATURDAY, OCT. 29 • 7:15PM
“A career-defining performance by the great Sônia Braga – weathered, proud, sensuous, fragile – captivates and brings us into her world.” – Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice
Clara, a 65-year-old widow and retired music critic, who is the last resident of the Aquarius, an older seaside building in the upper-class Boa Viagem Avenue in Recife. Clara lives comfortably, but she has sworn to leave her apartment only upon death, and that doesn’t please the corporation with other plans for the property. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM & TICKET INFO.
A triptych of women’s lives set against the Big Sky backdrop of southern Montana. Reflecting the immense scope and profound stillness of the landscape, filmmaker Kelly Reichardt’s portraits of strong, independent women derive their emotions and meaning from everyday life. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM & TICKET INFO.
A MAN CALLED OVE
Sweden’s official submission for Academy Award – Despite being removed as chairman of his condo association, sixtyish Ove persists on making his neighborhood rounds. Popularly known as the “neighbor from hell,” he privately mourns his deceased wife and makes a few hapless attempts to join her. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM & TICKET INFO.
MICHAEL MOORE IN TRUMPLAND
OPENS FRIDAY, OCT. 28
For his very own October Surprise, Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore dives deep into the heart of “hostile territory” with a daring, profound and uproarious one-man show, filmed mere weeks ago at the Murphy Theatre in Wilmington, Ohio. This heartfelt and hilarious concert film is essential election viewing for a divided America. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM & TICKET INFO.
A NEW COLOR: THE ART OF BEING EDYTHE BOONE
THURSDAY, NOV. 3 • 7:00
IN PERSON: EDYTHE BOONE & FILMMAKER MARLENE “MO” MORRIS
An audience favorite at the 2015 Mill Valley Film Festival, this joy-filled portrait of septuagenarian Edythe Boone captures the Berkeley-based muralist as she oversees transformative community and student social justice art projects and grapples with the chokehold death of her nephew, Eric Garner whose final words – I Can’t Breathe – ignited a national outcry for racial justice. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM & TICKET INFO.
SPECIAL PROGRAMS AND SCREENINGS
ROB NILSSON: TWO FILMS ON SEX, OBSESSION AND THE CAMERA
OCT. 27TH • 7:00PM
NOV. 10TH • 7:00PM
IN PERSON: FILMMAKER ROB NILSSON
These two features from Bay Area filmmaker Rob Nilsson are interrelated, although separated by almost three decades! “Nilsson’s films are beautiful, exciting, imaginative, unfamiliar—and outside of that, very good.” – John Cassavetes CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM & TICKET INFO.
SUNDAY, NOV. 6 • 4:15
IN PERSON: FILMMAKERS DEBORAH KAUFMAN & ALAN SNITOW
Focusing on San Francisco, the home base for start-ups like Airbnb, Uber and Lyft, Company Town vividly reveals an emerging national debate about the role of technology in creating inequality, as tech workers flood in and longtime ethnic and middle-class communities are driven out by skyrocketing rents and evictions. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM & TICKET INFO.
THE RED PILL
SUNDAY, NOV. 6 • 6:30
IN PERSON: DR. WARREN FARRELL AND FILMMAKERS CASSIE JAYE & NENA JAYE
Feminist filmmaker Cassie Jaye set out to document the mysterious and polarizing world of the Men’s Rights Movement, but after spending a year filming the movement’s leaders and followers, she learned the various ways men are disadvantaged and discriminated against. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM & TICKET INFO.
A cinematic portrait of Jon Wilson, the man who founded WoodenBoat Magazine in 1974. Through Wilson’s passion for honoring and preserving the art of wooden boats, his magazine has rippled out and connected countless boating enthusiasts worldwide. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM & TICKET INFO.
SUNDAY, NOV. 13 • 4:15
IN PERSON: FILMMAKER PHILIP KAUFMAN
NEW DIGITAL RESTORATION!
Veteran filmmaker Philip Kaufman will present and discuss a special screening of his 1979 cult-classic based on the acclaimed first novel by Richard Price. The Wanderers follows the exploits of the titular Italian-American gang in the Bronx in 1963, just before the country underwent profound change. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM & TICKET INFO.
THURSDAY, NOV. 17 • 7:00
IN PERSON: FILMMAKER JONATHAN PARKER
A wry satire about the relation between architecture and the American Dream – a Seattle couple is seeking a home in which to start their family. When circumstances dictate building a house from the ground up, they encounter a modernist architect whose uncompromising approach charms Drew and drives Colin to distraction. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM & TICKET INFO.
SUNDAY, NOV. 20 • 4:30
IN PERSON: KAZUAKI TANAHASHI
SCREENING FOLLOWED BY ONSTAGE DISCUSSION & LIVE CALLIGRAPHY DEMONSTRATION
Berkeley-based Kazuaki Tanahashi is a Japanese Zen teacher, translator, artist and peace activist, known for his extraordinary calligraphy works, as well as his masterful translations of 13th century Zen innovator Dogen. This insightful portrait follows Tanahashi to Europe and Japan and into his home and family life. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM & TICKET INFO.
ACADEMY FILM ARCHIVE: RECENT RESTORATIONS
FRIDAY, DEC. 2 • 7:15
SATURDAY, DEC. 3 • 2:00
PRESENTED BY THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES
IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE CALIFORNIA FILM INSTITUTE
Randy Haberkamp, the Academy’s Managing Director, Preservation and Foundation Programs, will present and discuss recent and exciting restorations of films originally produced by Howard Hughes. Both restorations are rare versions that haven’t been seen since their original release. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM & TICKET INFO.
DECEMBER 9 – 15
On December 9, Kirk Douglas turns 100. Let’s cheer him on that week with a look at some of his finest work. From film noir, through action spectacles, to films that tackle challenging subject matter, Kirk Douglas remains a true original and one of the last of a breed of Hollywood star. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM & TICKET INFO.
SCREENINGS & PRESENTATIONS WITH CRAIG BARRON & BEN BURTT
DECEMBER 10 & 11
We are pleased to welcome back our favorite pair of film detectives who love to unearth and share the history and technology of their favorite movies. Join us for their fun and informative behind-the-scenes insights into the making of 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA and IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM & TICKET INFO.
OPENS FRIDAY, NOV. 4
A ravishing crime tale with this gripping and sensual story of two women: a young Japanese Lady living with her decadent guardian on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman hired to serve as her handmaiden, but secretly plotting with a bogus Count to defraud her of a large inheritance. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM & TICKET INFO.
THE EAGLE HUNTRESS
OPENS FRIDAY, NOV. 11
An awe-inspiring documentary that follows Aisholopan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in 12 generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, rising to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM & TICKET INFO.
OPENS FRIDAY, NOV. 18
Audience Favorite from the Mill Valley Film Festival – Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga star as Richard and Mildred Loving, who endured censure, jail and constant uprooting, and whose civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, would go all the way to the Supreme Court to reaffirm the very foundation of the right to marry. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM & TICKET INFO.
OPENS IN NOVEMBER
An unforgettably beautiful look at the natural world that compresses the evolution of Earth from the Ice Age to the modern era into a single season, the film observes the poetry and drama of wildlife with dynamic imagery that often defies belief. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM & TICKET INFO.
THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT
(LE TOUT NOUVEAU TESTAMENT)
OPENS FRIDAY, DEC. 16
Starting with the premise that “God exists; He lives in Brussels,” this genially sacrilegious comedy imagines the Creator as an abusive husband and father, who spends all day at the computer, deriving joy from causing mayhem in the world. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM & TICKET INFO.
OPENS FRIDAY, DEC. 23
Affectionately referred to as a “ramen western” – A cowboy hat-adorned truck driver pulls into town with his sidekick and comes to the aid of a lone woman struggling with a little noodle restaurant. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM & TICKET INFO.
OPENS IN JANUARY
The unlikely hit of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and a huge critical favorite. A retired music teacher and inveterate prankster who flies to Bucharest to surprise his daughter Ines, an uptight businesswoman, and to shake up her life a bit. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM & TICKET INFO.
OPENS IN JANUARY
A young couple in Tehran are performing in a production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. After their old flat becomes damaged, they are forced to move into a new apartment. One night when Rana is home while Emad is rehearsing, an incident occurs that is linked to the previous tenant, one that transforms the couple’s lives CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM & TICKET INFO.
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