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BAMcinématek 2013


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


"The four screening rooms nestled into a stately palace on Lafayette Avenue provide a year-round menu of new independent releases and smartly programmed series." —A.O. Scott, The New York Times

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Current Film Series
Film Series
Migrating Forms
Migrating Forms

This festival of the most audacious moving-image work from the film and art worlds boasts "the highest revelation-per-event ratios of any festival in New York" (Film Comment).


BAMcinématek named Best Film Series in Time Out’s Best of New York 2013! 

Film Series
A Pryor Engagement

This 18-film retrospective is a wild and wired tribute to one of comedy’s most incendiary voices.

Feb 8—Feb 21, 2013
Film Series
New Voices in Black Cinema

This festival of new black cinema returns for its third year with films that redefine the black experience.

Feb 15—Feb 18, 2013
Valentine's Day Dinner & a Movie: Roman Holiday

Swoon your way through Valentine’s Day with this beloved royalty-gone-wild romantic comedy.

Thu, Feb 14, 2013
Film Series
New York Korean Film Festival

From dreamy romantic comedy to queasy K-horror, we gather the best in recent Korean cinema.

Feb 22—Feb 24, 2013

Cher is at her Oscar-winning best in this delightful Brooklyn Heights-set romantic comedy.

Mon, Feb 25, 2013
Film Series
Tuesdays with Elliott

We salute the life of beloved Cinemachat host Elliott Stein with a collection of rarities.

Feb 26—Apr 23, 2013
Film Series
Two from the World Cinema Foundation

This series presents two neglected world cinema masterpieces in eye-opening restorations.

Feb 27—Feb 28, 2013
Film Series
Rendez-Vous with French Cinema

America's leading French film festival!

Mar 1—Mar 6, 2013
Film Series
Saharan Frequencies

This series gathers seven rare gems that explore the sounds of North Africa.

Mar 4—Mar 18, 2013
Willow: 25th Anniversary

Ron Howard's sword-and-sorcery spectacle turns 25 this year.

Thu, Mar 7, 2013
Film Series

This retrospective celebrates one of French cinema's greatest actresses at her smoldering best.

Mar 8—Mar 21, 2013
Le Pont du Nord

Jacques Rivette’s masterful thriller is a hallucinatory cinephilic fever dream.

Mar 22—Mar 28, 2013
New 35mm print
Somebody Up There Likes Me

Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreations) stars in this award-winning, deadpan comedic fable.

Mar 29—Apr 4, 2013
New York premiere
Simon Killer

The line between heartbreak and derangement is thin in this bold, unsettling film.

Thu, Apr 4, 2013
Sneak Preview
Film Series

The films of Hayao Miyazaki are testaments to the enduring power of animation.

Apr 5—Apr 14, 2013
Earth Girls Are Easy: 25th Anniversary

A trio of aliens prowl a day-glo 80s LA in this delightfully goofy cult musical.

Mon, Apr 8, 2013
Film Series
Science on Screen

Experts explain the connections between movies and science in this ongoing series.

Apr 15, 2013—May 19, 2014
Film Series
Two Beats by Kitano

Kitano combines eye-popping violence, deadpan humor, and disarming sincerity.

Apr 16—Apr 17, 2013
Film Series
Magnificent Obsession: Douglas Sirk & Rock Hudson

Douglas Sirk’s amazing melodramas take bourgeois crises to Wagnerian heights.

Apr 19—Apr 21, 2013
Film Series
Earth Day

Two vital new documentaries explore major environmental dilemmas.

Apr 21—Apr 22, 2013
Film Series
Day of Heaven

A marathon of Malick masterpieces in sublime 35mm.

Sun, Apr 28, 2013
BAMcinématek Favorite: The Buddy Holly Story

Buddy Holly goes from Texas teen to 1950s superstar in this appealing biopic.

Tue, Apr 30, 2013
New 35mm print!
May Day: Class Relations

Straub and Huillet’s take on Kafka’s Amerika is a dystopian anti-capitalist fable.

Wed, May 1, 2013
Film Series
Friedkin 70s

William Friedkin’s remarkable 70s output captures its era’s volatile spirit.

May 2—May 7, 2013
Film Series
Booed at Cannes

Bresson, Dreyer, and Truffaut all felt the wrath of the notorious audience at Cannes.

May 8—May 23, 2013
Looney Tunes!

Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, and company wreak havoc in this special family matinee!

Sat, May 11, 2013
Frances Ha

Greta Gerwig stars in this endearing, NYC-set homage to the French New Wave.

Tue, May 14, 2013
Sneak Preview
Sold Out
Film Series

Discover the best new African films in this cinematic companion to DanceAfrica.

May 24—May 27, 2013
Film Series
An Evening with Joss Whedon

Pop juggernaut Joss Whedon appears in person to discuss his idiosyncratic cult hits.

Thu, May 30, 2013
Film Series
Russian Cinema Now

A unique series of contemporary Russian films, featuring Alexander Sokurov’s Faust.

Jun 7—Jun 13, 2013
Loonier Tunes!

Bugs, Daffy, and friends return to our screens for more cwaaazy hijinks!

Sat, Jun 8, 2013
The Bling Ring

This sharp satire follows a group of infamous teens who burglarize celebrity homes.

Mon, Jun 10, 2013
Sneak Preview
Storm Surfers 3D

This 3D documentary chronicles a surfing duo’s mad quest for Australia’s biggest waves.

Jun 14—Jun 18, 2013
BAMcinemaFest 2013

New York’s “best independent film showcase” (The New Yorker) presents its fifth annual festival.

Jun 19—Jun 28, 2013
Film Series
The Hitchcock 9

Discover the silent films of the world's most famous director in nine new restorations.

Jun 29—Jul 3, 2013
Film Series
Big Screen Epics 2013

Experience classic Hollywood spectacles on the grand Steinberg Screen.

Jul 3—Jul 22, 2013
Film Series

A showcase of the godfather of American independent cinema's work as director and actor.

Jul 6—Jul 31, 2013
Sundance ShortsLab

Sundance Institute presents a day-long educational workshop for filmmakers.

Sun, Jul 14, 2013
Film Series
Animation Weekend
This year's animation showcase features Beavis and Butthead, Don Bluth, and more!
Jul 26—Jul 28, 2013
Prince Avalanche

Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch star in this buddy comedy. David Gordon Green in person!

Thu, Aug 1, 2013
Sneak Preview
The Blues Accordin' to Les Blank

A 3-film tribute to the brilliantly idiosyncratic ethnographer, who passed away this year.

Thu, Aug 1, 2013
Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer

A portrait of Brooklyn’s leading hip-hop chronicler, featuring Q&As with special guests!

Aug 2—Aug 8, 2013
US Theatrical Premiere
Doin’ It in the Park

This award-winning film brings to life the world of New York City pick-up basketball.

Fri, Aug 9, 2013
Outdoor Screening
Film Series
Chaplin in 35mm

Rediscover four of Chaplin’s poignant and outlandish comedy classics in 35mm.

Aug 9—Aug 12, 2013
Film Series
A Time for Burning: Cinema of the Civil Rights Movement

Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington with classics and rarities.

Aug 13—Aug 28, 2013
Film Series
The Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy

Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost appear in person for this special marathon.

Sat, Aug 17, 2013
Film Series
Enter the Dragon + 5 Wing Chun Classics

A week run of Enter the Dragon, plus five other wing chun classics.

Aug 29—Sep 5, 2013
Serge Bromberg Treasures

The world-famous film preservationist presents new restorations of silent comedic gems.

Thu, Sep 5, 2013
Film Series
Skateboarding Is Not a Crime

This series captures the best in 1970s counterculture coolness and four-wheel acrobatics.

Sep 6—Sep 23, 2013
Film Series
Marlene Goes West

The Ultimate Love Goddess brings her exotic beauty to four rough-and-tumble Westerns.

Sep 9—Sep 12, 2013
Film Series
BAMkids Movie Matinees

This Sunday afternoon series offers big-screen classics for pint-sized cinephiles.

Oct 12, 2014—Jun 7, 2015
Film Series
Alfred Hayes, Screenwriter

Discover the film work of celebrated novelist and journalist Alfred Hayes.

Sep 18—Sep 19, 2013
An Evening with Peter Rainer: Rear Window

Verteran critic Peter Rainer joins audiences to discuss Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece.

Tue, Sep 24, 2013
Curator's Choice
Film Series
I Am Divine

John Waters’ outrageous muse breaks every taboo in these foul and funny films.

Sep 25—Oct 3, 2013
Charles Bradley: Soul of America

This moving documentary captures the life and music of a rising soul star.

Fri, Sep 27, 2013
Sneak Preview
Dog Day Afternoon

Al Pacino stars in one of the best summer-in-the-city films ever.

Mon, Sep 30, 2013
Forbidden Planet

Author Matthew Buchholz introduces this startlingly imaginative sci-fi classic.

Tue, Oct 1, 2013
Film Series
Cassavetes Redux

The godfather of American independent cinema returns to BAM by popular demand.

Oct 4—Oct 9, 2013
Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film

This strikingly lensed rockumentary follows troubadour Bill Callahan (Smog) on tour.

Mon, Oct 7, 2013
Sold Out
The Beast with Five Fingers

Peter Lorre stars in this classic chiller about a pianist’s severed hand.

Thu, Oct 10, 2013
Curator's Choice
Trouble Every Day

Claire Denis’ heady and haunting cannibal film runs for one week in a new 35mm print.

Oct 11—Oct 17, 2013
One week only
American Promise

An intimate look at race, education, and black American middle-class life.

Tue, Oct 15, 2013
Sneak Preview
Film Series
Karen Black

Karen Black’s offbeat performances embodied the defiant spirit of 1970s New Hollywood.

Oct 18—Oct 24, 2013
Film Series
Puppets on Film

This annual weekend of the best puppetry on film returns for its third edition.

Oct 25—Oct 27, 2013
Film Series
Dern + Black

Bruce Dern and Karen Black light up the screen together in three gems from the 1970s.

Oct 28—Nov 5, 2013
2 by Norman Mailer: Maidstone + Untitled

Two films by Norman Mailer, followed by a discussion with his son and biographer.

Wed, Oct 30, 2013
Morricone Youth: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger

This Halloween screening of Hitchcock's classic features live music by Morricone Youth.

Thu, Oct 31, 2013
Film Series
Nordic Noir: Kjell Sundvall

A contemporary master of Swedish crime cinema joins audiences to discuss his best work.

Nov 1—Nov 2, 2013
Martin Amis Presents Roman Polanski's Macbeth

Acclaimed novelist Martin Amis introduces Roman Polanski's bold take on Shakespeare.

Mon, Nov 4, 2013
Film Series
Bobcat Goldthwait

Three provocative comedies, including the New York premiere of Goldthwait's latest.

Sun, Nov 3, 2013
Film Series

Critics Nick Pinkerton and Nicolas Rapold introduce this series of unsung cinematic gems.

Sep 16—Sep 17, 2015
Film Series
Independent of Reality: The Films of Jan Nemec

The first full-career U.S. retrospective of a Czechoslovak New Wave enfant terrible.

Nov 8—Nov 14, 2013
Film Series
Hot Dern!

BAMcinématek pays tribute to this ever-surprising virtuoso actor.

Nov 16—Nov 27, 2013
Film Series
Kid Stuff

Some of the most empathetic evocations of childhood by cinema’s favorite auteurs.

Nov 28—Dec 2, 2013
Film Series
Of Freaks and Men: The Films of Aleksei Balabanov

The outré, darkly comic films of this radical Russian director are ripe for discovery.

Dec 3—Dec 10, 2013
An Evening with Bruce Dern

Cannes Best Actor winner Bruce Dern comes to BAM for an in-depth discussion of his career.

Wed, Dec 4, 2013
Sold Out

Director Spike Jonze introduces his acclaimed new film starring Joaquin Phoenix.


Mon, Dec 9, 2013
Members only
Sold Out

Andrei Tarkovsky’s tense sci-fi classic screens in a rare 35mm print.

Dec 18—Dec 19, 2013
Imported 35mm print
Animation Block Presents: Late Night Work Club

Join us for shocking, spooky tales by the most innovative animation artists on the scene.

Thu, Dec 19, 2013