Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll. Korea.

The 41st San Francisco International Film Festival

7 p.m. (PFA): Pandora's Screens (U.S.A., Various)
A selection of experimental works.

9:15 p.m. (PFA): Free Fall & short (Hungary, 1996)
A nightmare with footnotes. Between 1938 and 1944 a Hungarian Jew named Gyorgy Peto shot many reels of 8mm film footage -- home movies at first, then footage of patriotic ceremonies (Hungary at the time was a nominally free ally of Hitler's), and finally material in the labor battalion for Jews into which Peto was drafted. Peter Forgacs' film processes Peto's work into a dreamlike document of a black hole in history, sometimes by running it in slow motion, sometimes freeze-framing it, sometimes overlayering it with explanatory titles, bits of Hungarian history, and notations about the fates of family and friends. Tibor Szemzo's music contributes to the haunting quality of this found-footage masterpiece. Plays with Jay Rosenblatt's chilling Human Remains, a half-hour investigation into the private lives of this century's totalitarians. (Gregg Rickman)

* Films screened by the festival or made available for viewing on tape were reviewed by our staff, including Tod Booth, Michael Fox, Gary Morris, Gregg Rickman, Michael Sragow, Jeff Stark, Heather Wisner, and Sura Wood.

* All showings are at the Kabuki, 1881 Post (at Fillmore), unless otherwise noted. There are also screenings at the Castro, 429 Castro (at Market); the Pacific Film Archive, 2625 Durant (at College) in Berkeley; the Clay, 2261 Fillmore (at Clay); and the Lark, 549 Magnolia (at Dougherty) in Larkspur.

* Tickets are now $9 ($7.50 for Film Institute members, seniors, and students) unless otherwise noted. Weekday screenings until 5 p.m. are $5.50 and $5. Tickets are available at the door to each film, but it's smart to buy in advance, at the main box office in the Japan Center Kunokuniya Building, 1825 Post (at Webster), next-door to the Kabuki; or downtown on the second floor of the Union Square Macy's Men's Store, Stockton & O'Farrell.

* You can charge by phone at 441-7373 noon to 7 p.m. daily.

* Fest info by phone is at 931-3456; the San Francisco Film Society also has a schedule and more on the Web, at

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