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Jan 1—Dec 31, 2023
 
 

Presenting classic films, premieres, festivals, and retrospectives, with appearances by filmmakers, actors, and critics.

 
 
 
 
 
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“[A] vital arts center…dedicated to forgotten and overlooked…directors." —Manohla Dargis, The New York Times


Leadership support for BAM Film programs
provided by The
Thompson Family Foundation

 

Major support for BAM Film provided by the Ford Foundation

 
Polite Society
Film
Polite Society
Now Playing
 
Polite Society
Now Playing
NEW RELEASE
 

In the name of independence and sisterhood, Ria attempts to pull off the most ambitious of all wedding heists with a little help from her friends.

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Monica
Film
Monica
Now Playing
 
Monica
Now Playing
NEW RELEASE
 

A woman returns home to care for her ailing mother, who she hasn’t seen in years in this quiet portrait of family, forgiveness, and acceptance from Italian director Andrea Pallaoro.

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Sanctuary
Film
Sanctuary
Now Playing
 
Sanctuary
Now Playing
NEW RELEASE
 

This wickedly dark comedy from director Zachary Wigon (The Heart Machine) follows a dominatrix and her wealthy client as they engage in a high stakes role playing game for power and control.

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Filmafrica
FilmAfrica
May 26—Jun 1, 2023
 
FilmAfrica
May 26—Jun 1, 2023
 

This cinematic companion to the annual DanceAfrica celebration showcases the best new narrative, documentary, and short films from across Africa and the diaspora, with a special focus on films from and about Ghana.

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You Hurt My Feelings
Film
You Hurt My Feelings
Now Playing
 
You Hurt My Feelings
Now Playing
NEW RELEASE
 

From acclaimed filmmaker Nicole Holofcener comes a sharply observed comedy about a novelist whose long standing marriage is suddenly upended when she overhears her husband give his honest reaction to her latest book

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Party Gir
Film
Party Girl
May 26—Jun 1, 2023
 
Party Girl
May 26—Jun 1, 2023
 

Parker Posey delivered one of her most beloved performances—and ascended her throne as “Queen of the Indies”—as a downtown social butterfly in this influential cult classic by director Daisy von Scherler Mayer.

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Animation Block Party 20Th Anniversary
Film
Animation Block Party 20th Anniversary
Sat, Jun 3, 2023
 
Animation Block Party 20th Anniversary
Sat, Jun 3, 2023
 

This special screening celebrates the 20th anniversary of Animation Block Party, the East Coast’s largest animation festival, featuring past festival winners, bonus animated exclusives, behind-the-scenes footage, and much more.

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Camadres
FILM SERIES
Juliet Berto Retrospective
Jun 2—Jun 7, 2023
 
Juliet Berto Retrospective
Jun 2—Jun 7, 2023
 

These cinematic masterpieces—all over the three-hour mark—are sprawling in ambition, but rich and resonant in their observation and human insight.

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Will O The Wisp
Film
Will-o’-the-Wisp
Opens Jun 2, 2023
 
Will-o’-the-Wisp
Opens Jun 2, 2023
NEW RELEASE
 

A fireman-in-training embarks on a passionate, radical romance with his instructor in this queer love story from the incomparable Portuguese auteur João Pedro Rodrigues.

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Quinn Slobodian Hari Kunzru
Film
An Evening with Quinn Slobodian and Hari Kunzru
Thu, Jun 8, 2023
 
An Evening with Quinn Slobodian and Hari Kunzru
Thu, Jun 8, 2023
 

Historian Quinn Slobodian and writer Hari Kunzru discuss how hypercapitalism has destabilized democracy and present a secret 1978 libertarian film, in honor of the publication of Slobodian’s Crack-Up Capitalism.

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Users
Film Series
Users + the Films of Natalia Almada
Jun 9—Jun 15, 2023
 
Users + the Films of Natalia Almada
Jun 9—Jun 15, 2023
FILM SERIES
 

This retrospective gathers acclaimed filmmaker Natalia Almada’s personal and political examinations of recent Mexican history as her latest feature, the Sundance winner Users, opens at BAM.

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Happers Comet
Film
Happer’s Comet
Jun 16—Jun 22, 2023
 
Happer’s Comet
Jun 16—Jun 22, 2023
 

Screened at BAMcinemaFest 2022, Happer’s Comet is a dreamlike, gentle, and strangely ominous meditation on late-night life in a quiet Long Island town.

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Lynch Oz
Film
Lynch/Oz
Opens Jun 16, 2023
 
Lynch/Oz
Opens Jun 16, 2023
NEW RELEASE
 

This documentary by director Alexandre Philippe offers a side door into David Lynch’s mind by examining his body of work through the lens of one of his greatest cinematic influences, The Wizard of Oz.

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Asteroid City
Film
Asteroid City
Opens Jun 23, 2023
 
Asteroid City
Opens Jun 23, 2023
NEW RELEASE
 

The attendees of a Junior Stargazer convention in a desert town are confronted with world-changing events in Wes Anderson’s panoramic, 50s-era comedy, led by Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, and Tom Hanks.

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Neige
Film
Neige
Jun 23—Jun 29, 2023
 
Neige
Jun 23—Jun 29, 2023
 

With gorgeous, lived-in street photography and stylish performances, this heartbreaking film centers on a community of street preachers, sex workers, dealers, and users in Juliet Berto’s directorial debut.

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 Earth Mama
Film
Earth Mama + Code Unknown
Tue, Jun 27, 2023
 
Earth Mama + Code Unknown
Tue, Jun 27, 2023
 

Join us for an advance screening of Savanah Leaf’s Earth Mama in this special double-feature event that pairs the film with Michael Haneke’s Code Unknown, a key influence on the writer-director’s debut.

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Rain In Color Blue With A Little Red In It
Film
Rain the Color Blue with a Little Red in It
Thu, Jun 29, 2023
 
Rain the Color Blue with a Little Red in It
Thu, Jun 29, 2023
 

Acclaimed musician Mdou Moctar is effortlessly cool as a guitarist struggling to make it against all odds in this ingenious and deliriously entertaining remake of Purple Rain, set in Niger’s Tuareg guitar scene.

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Red
FILM SERIES
Recent Restorations
Jun 30—Jul 6, 2023
 
Recent Restorations
Jun 30—Jul 6, 2023
 

This year's program of recently-restored masterpieces brings together work from Claire Denis, Peter Greenaway, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Yvonne Rainer, Cauleen Smith, Orson Welles, and more.

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Oppenheimer
Film
Oppenheimer
Opens Jul 20, 2023
 
Oppenheimer
Opens Jul 20, 2023
NEW RELEASE
 

Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, this pulse-pounding film tells the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the enigmatic physicist who conceptualized and led the effort to create the atom bombs that changed the trajectory of World War II.

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Past Lives
Film
Past Lives
 
Past Lives
NEW RELEASE
 

In writer-director Celine Song’s debut film, two deeply connected childhood friends who were pulled apart when one of them emigrated from South Korea to the United States reunite decades later as adults.

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PAST EVENTS
TAR
Film
TÁR
 

Cate Blanchett gives a career-high performance as a renowned composer in Todd Field’s drama.

Oct 12, 2022—Apr 4, 2023
NEW RELEASE
 
 
All The Beauty And The Bloodshed
Film
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
 

Artist Nan Goldin fights to hold the Sacklers accountable for the opioid crisis.

Nov 23, 2022—Feb 16, 2023
NEW RELEASE
 
 
The Whale
Film
The Whale
 

From Darren Aronofsky, a story about a recluse who attempts to reconnect with his daughter.

Dec 20, 2022—Feb 2, 2023
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Women Talking
Film
Women Talking
 

Sarah Polley’s drama of religious crisis with Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, and Frances McDormand.

Dec 22, 2022—Mar 9, 2023
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Babylon
Film
Babylon
 

Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and Diego Calva star in Damien Chazelle’s tale of excess in 20s LA.

Dec 23, 2022—Jan 12, 2023
 
 
I Wanna Dance With Somebody
Film
Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody
 

A poignant journey through Whitney Houston’s trailblazing life, career, and beloved hits.

Dec 23, 2022—Jan 19, 2023
 
 
 Turn Every Page
Film
Turn Every Page
 

A documentary exploring the 50-year relationship between a writer and his longtime editor.

Jan 13—Feb 2, 2023
NEW RELEASE
 
 
MLK
Community
My Name is Pauli Murray
 

A retelling of the life of Pauli Murray, pioneering attorney, activist, priest, and writer.

Mon, Jan 16, 2023
 
 
Free
Shadow
Film
SHADOW
 

Activists try to save the world with a public meeting in Back to Back Theatre’s dark comedy.

Tue, Jan 17, 2023
 
 
James Baldwin Abroad
Film
James Baldwin Abroad: A Program of 3 Films
 

Rare portraits of the transformative writer in London, Istanbul, and Paris—newly restored.

Jan 27—Feb 9, 2023
 
 
Suzanne Suzanne
Film Series
A String of Pearls: The Films of Camille Billops & James Hatch
 

Explore the path-breaking filmmaker’s formally inventive, fearlessly personal body of work.

Feb 3—Feb 9, 2023
FILM SERIES
 
 
One Fine Morning
Film
One Fine Morning
 

A young widowed mother also cares for her sick father while falling for her married friend.

Feb 10—Feb 23, 2023
NEW RELEASE
 
 
 Sankofa
Film
Sankofa
 

Haile Gerima’s blistering, elaborately stylized Afrocentric interrogation of the past.

Feb 10—Feb 16, 2023
 
 
It Runs In The Family
Film Series
Caribbean Film Series
 

Celebrate the richness of Caribbean cinema with a weekend festival of deeply personal works.

Feb 10—Feb 11, 2023
FILM SERIES
 
 
Bringing Up Baby
Film
Bringing Up Baby
 

Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, and a runaway leopard collide in this screwball classic.

Tue, Feb 14, 2023
 
 
Oscar Animated Shorts
Film
2023 Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts
 

Tales of sexual awakening, friendship, and existential revelation told in singular styles.

Feb 17—Mar 23, 2023
NEW RELEASE
 
 
 Oscar Live Action Shorts
Film
2023 Oscar-Nominated Live Action Shorts
 

These international shorts explore estrangement, desire, fear, and the vastness of nature.

Feb 17—Mar 23, 2023
NEW RELEASE
 
 
David holzman's diary
FILM SERIES
True to Life
 

A series exploring life writing in cinema—and recent shifts in creation and representation.

Feb 17—Feb 23, 2023
 
 
Emily
Film
Emily
 

Rebel and misfit Emily Brontë finds her literary voice and falls in love in this sleek drama.

Feb 23—Mar 15, 2023
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Kino Polska
Film Series
Kino Polska
 

Discover the best in recent Polish cinema with this festival of boundary-pushing new works.

Feb 24—Mar 2, 2023
FILM SERIES
 
 
Sanson And Me
Film
Sansón and Me
 

An incarcerated Mexican migrant shares his life story of multilayered border crossings.

Mar 3—Mar 9, 2023
 
 
Return To Seoul
Film
Return to Seoul
 

A reckless young woman visits her birth country for the first time in this riveting drama.

Mar 10—Apr 19, 2023
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Rewind And Play
Film
Rewind and Play
 

Unreleased footage shows Thelonious Monk’s battle to assert his personhood, on and off stage.

Mar 10—Mar 30, 2023
 
 
12 Monkeys
FILM SERIES
Viruses on Film
 

An expansive, genre-crossing look at filmmakers’ responses to our viral past and present.

Mar 15—Mar 23, 2023
 
 
Inside
Film
Inside
 

Willem Dafoe takes a twisted descent into madness as an art thief trapped in a NYC penthouse.

Mar 16—Mar 30, 2023
NEW RELEASE
 
 
The Lost King
Film
The Lost King
 

True story: A woman changes history in 2012 by discovering the remains of King Richard III.

Mar 23—Apr 4, 2023
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Petite Solang
Film Series
Petite Solange + the Films of Axelle Ropert
 

The first US retrospective of one of the most original cinematic voices in France today.

Mar 24—Mar 30, 2023
FILM SERIES
 
 
A Thousand And One
Film
A Thousand and One
 

Inez and Terry keep their secret and bond after she kidnaps him from foster care in NYC.

Mar 29—Apr 27, 2023
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Warm Water Under A Red Bridge
Film
Warm Water Under a Red Bridge
 

Shohei Imamura’s fantastical love story is rich with magical realism, sensuality, and humor.

Mar 31—Apr 11, 2023
 
 
Air
Film
Air
 

Michael Jordan's early partnership with Nike's basketball division, directed by Ben Affleck.

Apr 5—Apr 20, 2023
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Queering The Canon
Film Series
Queering the Canon: Totally Radical
 

This series of rollicking adventures and cult curios is full of fury and queer AF.

Apr 6—Apr 10, 2023
FILM SERIES
 
 
Tommy Guns
Film
Tommy Guns
 

A mysterious anti-colonial drama from Angolan-born Portuguese filmmaker Carlos Conceição.

Apr 12—Apr 20, 2023
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Showing Up First Run
Film
Showing Up
 

Director Kelly Reichardt reunites with Michelle Williams, who plays a struggling sculptor.

Apr 13—May 18, 2023
NEW RELEASE
 
 
 Beau Is Afraid
Film
Beau is Afraid
 

A paranoid man embarks on an epic odyssey to get home to his mother.

Apr 20—May 11, 2023
NEW RELEASE
 
 
 Dry Ground Burning
Film
Dry Ground Burning
 

A Brazilian woman goes from prison to an all-female gang in radical political resistance.

Apr 21—May 3, 2023
 
 
Touch Of Evil
FILM SERIES
Both Sides of the Camera: Actor/Directors
 

The director is their own star in this globe-trotting series spanning the history of cinema.

Apr 28—May 11, 2023
 
 
Jasmine Is A Star
Film
Jasmine is a Star
 

A teen with albinism sets out to become a model, sparking a journey toward self-acceptance.

Mon, May 1, 2023
 
 
RMN
Film
R.M.N.
 

A gripping portrait of ethnic and economic resentments tearing at the fabric of a small town.

May 19—May 25, 2023
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Onlookers
Film Series
Prismatic Ground
 

Multi-venue NYC showcase of experimental documentary and avant-garde film returns May 3—7.

Thu, May 4, 2023
FILM SERIES
 
 
Joyland
Film
Joyland
 

A timid married man in Pakistan falls in love with a trans woman while working in a Bollywood style burlesque club.

May 5—May 17, 2023
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Macunaíma Searching For Makunaíma
Film
Macunaíma + Searching for Macunaíma
 

Dive into the legendary Brazilian modernist novel Macunaíma at this special event.

Tue, May 9, 2023
 
 
Eve's Bayou
Film
Eve’s Bayou: Director's Cut
 

Kasi Lemmons’ Southern Gothic stew of sex, lies, and voodoo—newly restored in 4K.

May 12—May 18, 2023
 
 
Unfinished Business
Film
Unfinished Business
 

A definitive portrait of the WNBA as it evolves from fledgling venture to flourishing enterprise.

May 12—May 18, 2023
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Love Jones
Film
Love Jones
 

Nia Long and Larenz Tate scintillate in the ultimate Black romantic comedy.

Mon, May 15, 2023
 
 
White Building
Film
White Building
 

The life of a young man in Phnom Penh is disrupted when his stable environment crumbles.

May 19—May 25, 2023
 
 
The Eight Mountains
Film
The Eight Mountains
 

This film follows the profound, complex relationship between two childhood friends who grew up together in an isolated mountainside village in Italy.

May 19—May 25, 2023
NEW RELEASE
 
 
 Doom Generation
Film
The Doom Generation
 

Three troubled teenagers go on the run after one of them accidentally kills a store clerk in Gregg Araki’s cornerstone queer classic.

May 19—May 25, 2023