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Oct 17
A Dance, Reunited Atlanta Contemporary
Oct 17
Joy Sorman & Catherine Lacey in Conversation ONLINE EVENT Albertine Bookstore/French Embassy
Oct 17
Joy Sorman & Catherine Lacey in Conversation ONLINE EVENT Albertine Bookstore/French Embassy

French summer programs at BAMPFA

Many French films will be screening at BAMPFA this summer:

Mur Murs (Agnès Varda)
France, United States, 1980
Digital Restoration

Venturing from Venice Beach to Watts, Varda looks at the murals of Los Angeles as backdrop to and mirror of the city’s many cultures circa 1980. She casts a curious eye on graffiti and photorealism, roller disco and gang violence, evangelical Christians, Hare Krishnas, artists, angels, and ordinary Angelenos. Along the meandering way, we meet the creators of some of California’s most memorable wall art, including Judy Baca, mastermind of the Great Wall of Los Angeles project along the L.A. River; Arno Jordan, painter of the ironically bucolic scenes adorning the Farmer John meatpacking plant; and Kent Twitchell, who offers a theological rationale for a depiction of the Holy Trinity starring actors from Lassie, The Lone Ranger, and Father Knows Best. The film is very Varda and very L.A.: vibrating with color and surprising juxtapositions, rich in illusion and allusion. And like the movies, the murals are both monumental and ephemeral, destined to fade, many of them now disappeared. (Juliet Clark)

The End of the Ottoman Empire (Mathilde Damoisel & Sylvie Jezequel)
France, Switzerland, 2016

Back by popular demand! This documentary offers an overview of the Ottomans, who ruled three continents for six centuries, and explains how the decline of the Ottoman Empire throughout the nineteenth century and up to 1925 informs current politics. All of the region’s modern nations were born from the collapse of the empire, orchestrated by the superpowers of the day, France and Great Britain. Today’s political, religious, and ethnic challenges in Bosnia, Kosovo, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Palestine, and Iraq are discussed in interviews with historians and experts. Illustrated by archival imagery, The End of the Ottoman Empire tells the essential backstory of our world today. (Susan Oxtoby)

My Journey Through French Cinema (Bertrand Tavernier)
(Voyage à travers le cinéma français)
France, 2017
East Bay Premiere

One of the great directors of world cinema takes viewers on an idiosyncratic tour of the history of French film in this delightful documentary, which offers an entire lifetime of cinema knowledge and passion within its running time. Guided by critic/filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier (Round Midnight; Coup de torchon), whose vocal love of film history marks him as a French Martin Scorsese, Journey examines figures both famous (Renoir, Godard, Melville) and lesser known (Guy Gilles, Jacques Becker), as well as composers, screenwriters, and more. Pointed analysis, critical asides, and sheer joy combine. “Passionate, opinionated, drop-dead fascinating... Journey will leave you enlightened and eager for more” (Kenneth Turan). Presented in conjunction with our Jacques Becker series. (Jason Sanders)

Jacques Becker retrospective (July 14 - August 31)
In conjunction with our Limited Engagement presentation of Bertrand Tavernier’s passionate look at the history of French film, My Journey Through French Cinema, we are thrilled to present audiences with a chance to rediscover (or see for the first time) the films of Jacques Becker, one of the directors whom Tavernier focuses on in his journey; indeed, his film is dedicated to both Becker and Claude Sautet.