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      October 28, 2020

      Wednesday   8:15 PM

      110 Sproul Hall
      Berkeley, California 94720

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      Portraits and the Sky: Yugoslav Experimental Films, 1960s–1990s: Film Streaming and Live Conversation

      Film - Feature | October 28 | 8:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

      Sponsor:  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

      Portraits are typically frontal—they put their subjects on display and invite viewers to look at them directly. By contrast, the experimental cinematic portraits and self-portraits presented in this program revel in multiplication of points of view and in decentered, even disjointed, depiction of people and places. Culled from the rich history of avant-garde filmmaking in Yugoslavia (1945–1991), diverse in aim, approach, and aesthetic sensibility, these works—some of which are extremely rare—showcase the unique power of cinema to probe the relationship between intimacy and exteriority as they creatively meander between observation and imagination; the face, the mind, and the body; the self and its abandonment. Bringing together established artists and lesser-known cine-amateurs, while foregrounding women filmmakers’ paramount though largely underappreciated contributions to Yugoslavia’s vibrant experimental scene, this on-screen portrait gallery is framed by two minimalist landscape films. The sky is the limit.

      We present a live conversation with program curators Petra Belc, who holds a doctoral degree in film studies and is pursuing independent research on Yugoslav experimental cinema, and Pavle Levi, a professor of film studies at Stanford and author of the recent books Jolted Images: Unbound Analytic and Cinema by Other Means. Access is included with rental of the streaming film program; you will receive an access link via email prior to the event.

      Event contact:  bampfa@berkeley.edu, 510-642-0808

      Access Coordinator:  Christian Bumala,  bampfa@berkeley.edu,  510-642-0808

      Categories: Film

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