This series collects a wide-ranging selection of follow-ups to notable debuts, highlighting work by John Cassavetes, Djibril Diop Mambéty, Michael Mann, Mira Nair, Ousmane Sembène, Orson Welles, and more.
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- BAM Film 2023
In the early 1980s Juliet Berto slowed the pace of her brilliant performances of the 60s and 70s to embark on a little-seen and still underappreciated directing career. Working with her partner Jean-Henri Roger, the first of these efforts, Neige, is presented in conversation with our week-long retrospective of Juliet Berto’s acting work. In a stunning new restoration, this radically empathetic film finds Berto among a community of characters on the margins in 1980s Pigalle. She stars as Anita, a barmaid at the center of a community of street preachers, sex workers, dealers and users. When a beloved friend (and young drug dealer) is caught by narcotics agents, Anita takes it upon herself to score for his struggling clients. With gorgeous, lived-in street photography and stylish performances, this heartbreaking film shows the same politically committed, cinema-besotted verve of Berto’s better known work as an actress.
Leadership support for BAM Access Programs provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation
Leadership support for BAM Film provided by the Ford Foundation and The Thompson Family Foundation