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BAMPFA Premiere Films from Groundbreaking Directors

This Saturday, two new film series are coming to the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA).

The first one is A Theater near You: a Touch of Sin. It is the East Bay premiere of the latest film from director Jia Zhangke, about the collateral damage of China’s maniacal growth. Four violent deeds ripped from the headlines, are explosive in restaging illustrated citizens, already pushed to the edge of the economy. The four stories overlaps through de facto warriors and elusive progress, in order to salvage their lives. The movie will repeat on the following day.

The next film series opening Saturday is a tribute of sorts. The films shown in this series are directed by Saul Zaentz, who passed away in January of this year. Known for films including The English Patient (1996) and At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991), three of what is considered to be the director’s best work are to be screened, starting with 1975’s One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest on Saturday. Adapted from the Ken Kesey book, it stars Jack Nicholson and goes inside the reality of an insane asylum. This is soon followed on April 5th, with the screening of 1984’s Amadeus, the cartoonish portrayal of Mozart, then on April 13th the Unbearable Lightness of Being, a romance taken place during the 1968 Prague Spring, and starring Daniel Day-Lewis.

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