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A Theater Near You

July 6, 2012-July 15, 2012
Berkeley Art Museum, UC Berkeley

Join us for our ongoing series featuring new prints of classic films and contemporary releases of particular interest. We bring you a new 35mm print of Jean-Luc Godard’s seminal Weekend (1967); plus three noteworthy films from 2011, Corinna Belz’s Gerhard Richter Painting; This is Not a Film, codirected by Mojtaba Mirtahmasb and Jafar Panahi, made during Panahi’s house arrest; and El Velador from Natalia Almada.

Susan Oxtoby, Senior Film Curator

Friday, July 6, 2012
9:05 p.m. Weekend
Jean-Luc Godard (France, 1967) New 35mm Print! A surreally funny and deeply disturbing expression of social oblivion that ended the first phase of Godard’s career. “(Godard’s) best film, and his most inventive. It is almost pure movie” (Roger Ebert). (105 mins)

Saturday, July 7, 2012
6:30 p.m. Gerhard Richter Painting
Corinna Belz (Germany, 2011). Gerhard Richter Painting offers an insider’s view into one of the world’s greatest living painters. Watch the seventy-nine-year-old German artist at work in his studio, punctuated by intimate conversations with his critics, his collaborators, and his American gallerist Marian Goodman. (97 mins)

Sunday, July 8, 2012
5:15 p.m. This Is Not a Film
Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi (Iran, 2011). Renowned Iranian director Panahi shares his day-to-day life in this documentary, shot clandestinely in his Tehran apartment by his close friend Mirtahmasb after he was banned from filmmaking for supporting the opposition party in Iran’s 2009 presidential election. “A masterpiece in a form that does not yet exist” (NY Times). (75 mins)

Sunday, July 15, 2012
5:30 p.m. El velador
Natalia Almada (Mexico, 2011). Almada, whose last film, El general, was a favorite at Sundance, follows an impassive watchman who minds the ever-expanding graveyard in the notoriously narco-friendly city of Cualican, Sinaloa. “An unsettlingly quiet, even lyrical film about a world made and unmade by violence” (A.O. Scott, NY Times). (72 mins)

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