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Commentary by Gregg Rickman ( Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members.

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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.

WEDNESDAY (June 19): A Jean-Paul Belmondo series offers his international success That Man From Rio (Philippe De Broca, 1964), with Belmondo hunting treasure in Brazil 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (June 22): Cold Days (Jean Luc-Godard, 1965), with Belmondo absconding to the South of France with mistress Anna Karina 2 p.m.


992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.

WEDNESDAY (June 19): An Oregon indie, Karma Got Friendly (Joshua Bovinette, 2002), is a "moody comedy" about two co-dependent buddies 8 p.m.

THURSDAY (June 20): The ATA's monthly "Open Screening" -- $3; free for artistes. BYO video by 7 p.m., screenings at 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (June 21): "Kite Spool Cinema," a collection of short films and video projects by aspiring locals -- "a tribute to those who work hard and to those who like to make things" 8 p.m.


429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120,, and (925) 866-9559 and for the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. $8.50 general, $6 matinee screenings for the SFILGFF save as noted. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.

WEDNESDAY: The 26th San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival continues here with Franz Fanon/The Darker Side of Black 1 p.m. Queens Don't Lie 4 p.m. Food of Love 6:30 p.m. Markova: Comfort Gay 9:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: "Foreign Tongues" (international gay shorts) 1 p.m. "Not for Adults" but for gay and lesbian teenagers; free for those 18 and under 3:45 p.m. Karmen Geï 6:30 p.m. Wu Yen 9 p.m.

FRIDAY: Speak Up! and Out in the Cold, free for 18 years old and under 11 a.m. Sister Smile 1 p.m. The Devil in the Holy Water 3:30 p.m. The Lawless Heart 6 p.m. All the Queen's Men 8:30 p.m. Whether You Like It or Not 11 p.m.

SATURDAY: Friends in High Places 11 a.m. "Pups and Pussies" (animal-themed shorts) 1 p.m. Days 3:30 p.m. A Family Affair 6:30 p.m. Revolutionary Girl Utena 8:45 p.m. Cartoon program 11 p.m.

SUNDAY: "Come Out, Come Out" (shorts) 11 a.m. Shorts about young women 1:30 p.m. Incidental Journey and I Am Not What You Want 3:45 p.m. The Heart's Root 6:15 p.m. The Politics of Fur 9 p.m.

MONDAY: Sugar Sweet 1 p.m. Tom 3:45 p.m. A new print of John Sayles' Lianna (1983) 6 p.m. "It's a Woman's World" (shorts) 9 p.m.

TUESDAY: The Man I Love (Stephane Giusti, France, 2002), "an improbable romance" liked by our Gary Morris 1 p.m. A Family Affair 3:30 p.m. Sherman Alexie's The Business of Fancydancing 6:30 p.m. Isaac Julien's Young Soul Rebels (U.K., 1991) 9 p.m.


3601 Lyon (at Richardson), 563-7337, Free with museum admission of $10. Screenings are in the center's McBean Theater, through the front doors and on the left.

SATURDAY (June 22): The Exploratorium honors the summer solstice with "Sites of Summer: Landscapes on Film," a program of four shorts including Centuries of June (Stan Brakhage and Joseph Cornell, 1955-65) and Bruce Baillie's All My Life (1966), a three-minute tracking shot down a flower-covered fence 2 p.m.


2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143, $8. Berkeley's innovatively programmed art house puts on some of the most conceptually daring double bills in town.

WEDNESDAY: A program of the films and videos of Holland's Clara Van Gool, including dance films with intriguing titles like Biting and Other Effects, screens at 7:15 p.m. Annik Leroy's Vers La Mer (Belgium, 1999; 9:30 p.m.) is a leisurely trip down the Danube River, with portraits of life along the way in Central and Eastern Europe.

THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Orson Welles' half-hour fatalistic fable The Fountain of Youth (1958; 7:15 p.m.) plays with Paul Thomas Anderson's fable of fate Magnolia (1999; 8 p.m.), which screens with a one-minute film by William Farley, Becoming an Artist (1982).


2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35mm, on the back wall of its outdoor patio, with drive-in speakers available for the tables of those who want to watch while they dine. Closed Mondays.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: The popular farce La Cage aux Folles (Edouard Molinaro, France, 1979), remade here as The Birdcage 8:45, 10:30 p.m.; also Fri & Sat midnight.

MONDAY: Closed.

STARTS TUESDAY: Pink Floyd: The Wall (Alan Parker, U.K., 1982) screens through July 14 8:45, 10:30 p.m.; also Fri & Sat midnight.


San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness (at Grove), (925) 866-9559 and for the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. SFILGFF $8.50, matinees (before 5 p.m.) $6 save as noted.

WEDNESDAY (June 19): Group 6:30 p.m. Sister Smile 9 p.m.

THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: No programs at this venue; see Castro and Yerba Buena for other programs.

MONDAY: Isaac Julien's Looking for Langston 6:30 p.m. "Thank You Kate Bernstein" (transsexual-themed shorts) 9 p.m.

TUESDAY: "Shut Up White Boy" (shorts) 6 p.m. Skeleton Woman 9 p.m.


425 Washington (at Battery), Suite 200, 788-7142, Video screenings of Italian films.

TUESDAY (June 25): A series honoring wire-haired, wire-framed-glasses-wearing comedian/director Maurizio Nichetti -- an Italian Woody Allen, only frailer -- continues with Volere Volare (1991), with Nichetti a cartoonist who turns into a cartoon. Subtitled 6:30 p.m.


510 Larkin (at Turk), 820-3907, This "Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar" offers an "SF IndieFest MicroCinema." All screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free.

WEDNESDAY (June 19): Hoodlums and punks kill hippies and each other in John Michael McCarthy's Sore Losers (2002) 8 p.m.

THURSDAY (June 20): Natasha Lyonne and two Star Trek stars feature in Evan Oppenheimer's satire of independent filmmaking, The Auteur Theory (2001) 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (June 21): Coffin Joe (Andre Barcinski, Brazil, 2000), a documentary about the life and career of horror filmmaker José Mojica Marins 8 p.m.

TUESDAY (June 25): A robot improves his maker's sex life in Tom Sawyer's The Strange Case of Senor Computer (2001) 8 p.m.


1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $7.50.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Henry Bean's The Believer (2001). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (June 21-27): Chris Smith's Home Movie (2001). See Opening for review. Call for times.


2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, $7, second show $1.50. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC's Berkeley Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.

WEDNESDAY: A series of the video work of Russia's Alexander Sokurov continues with Elegy (U.S.S.R., 1986), on the singer Fyodor Chaliapin, and Sokurov's latest, highly personal work, Elegy of a Voyage (Russia, 2001) 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: Agnes Varda's The Gleaners and I (France, 2000) looks at society's sifters of debris 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: Andrezj Munk's Eroica (Poland, 1958), an ironic drama of wartime heroism, screens with the short A Visit to an Old City (1958), both at 7 p.m. Munk's Bad Luck (1960) is a Polish version of Candide 9:10 p.m.

SATURDAY: The first three parts of Sokurov's Spiritual Voices: From the Diaries of War (Russia, 1995), a five-hour diary-film of soldiers on the border between Tadzhikistan and Afghanistan 7 p.m.

SUNDAY: Spiritual Voices: From the Diaries of War, Parts 4 and 5 7 p.m.

MONDAY: Theater closed.

TUESDAY: "Retrieved Images," a program of found-footage films, features directors Gibbs Chapman (An Examination of Exhibits A(1)-E(5)) and John Davis (Candide) in person 7:30 p.m.


2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, $5. This beautifully restored picture palace's ongoing "Movie Classics Series" regularly includes a feature plus a newsreel, cartoon, previews, and a few spins of the Dec-O-Win prize wheel.

FRIDAY (June 21): Karl Freund's chilling The Mummy (1932) takes advantage of the imaginative techniques developed by Freund as the cinematographer for such German silent classics as The Last Laugh and Faust. Boris Karloff stars as the bandaged one 8 p.m.


1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, $5 save as noted. Pizza, beer, and movies on two screens. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.

THURSDAY (June 20): A "Thrillville" screening of Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977) stars Patrick (son of John) Wayne and Taryn (daughter of Tyrone) Power in a Ray Harryhausen-designed spectacle of minotaurs, ghouls, and a baboon. $6 9:15 p.m.

SUNDAY (June 23): A free screening of a locally made independent film, My Dead Uncle's Band (Jon Waldrep, 2002), a "mockumentary" about the 1970s band "Marsha and the Electrical Crushed Velvet Freeway." Radio's Darian O'Toole is featured 3 p.m.

TUESDAY (June 25): Life Itself (Todd Herman and Francis Kohle, 2001), "a series of poetic vignettes profiling the life and art" of adults with disabilities, screens as a benefit for the Creativity Explored Art Studio. See for more information. $8 9:15 p.m.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.


1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, $8.50. This three-screen repertory theater is operated by the Film Institute of Northern California. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Jonathan Parker's Bartleby (2002) 6:30 p.m. Enigma (Michael Apted, U.K., 2002) 6:45, 9:15 p.m. Late Marriage (Dover Koshashvili, Israel, 2001) 7, 9:10 p.m. Beijing Bicycle (Wang Xiaoshuai, China, 2001) 8:30 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (Peter Care, 2002); see Opening for review. Alexander Mackendrick's slashing journalism noir The Sweet Smell of Success (1957) screens in a new print through June 27. MGM Studios Archivist John Kirk speaks at the 7 p.m. Friday screening. Call for times and other films.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY (June 22 & 23): A Swedish-girl-and-her-Arabian-horse adventure, Sherdil (Gita Mallik, Sweden, 1999), screens as a Family Film program with a live reading of the English subtitles. "Neigh, Wilbur!" 2 p.m.


1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY: The City of Lost Children (Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, France, 1995) 2, 7, 9:40 p.m.

THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away ... well, closer than that, in Middle Earth ... an epic was forged. More recently, Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings (New Zealand, 2001) is a briskly paced forced march through Tolkien's adventure Thurs & Fri 8 p.m.; Sat 2, 5:30, 9 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, merry hobbits played and romped. These wee folk were named Dylan, Joni, Danko, and the evil wizard Darth Morrison. The breaking of their fellowship's commemorated in Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz (1978) 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:30 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (June 25 & 26): Dont Look Back (D.A. Pennebaker, 1965) is the enchanting prequel to The Last Waltz trilogy, with the young hobbit Dylan seizing the ring of power from the hapless Donovan 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.


3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, $7 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.

DAILY: Christopher Münch's The Sleepy Time Gal (2001), a drama with Jacqueline Bisset, Seymour Cassel, and Martha Plimpton 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4 p.m.


2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, $8.25. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming. For the rest of the Shattuck's schedule, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Henry Bean's The Believer (2001). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (June 21-27): Chris Smith's Home Movie (2001). See Opening for review. Call for times.


221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection and a courteous staff.

WEDNESDAY: A short series of films by the late Billy Wilder screens the gothic Hollywood story Sunset Blvd. (1950; 7:30 p.m.) and the classic noir Double Indemnity (1944; 5:30, 9:30 p.m.).

THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: The underrated Cold War spoof One, Two, Three (1961; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:25 p.m.), with James Cagney in his last major role, screens with the iconographic Marilyn Monroe vehicle The Seven Year Itch (1955; 5:30, 9:35 p.m.)


701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787,, and (925) 866-9559 and for the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. $5 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. Closed Mondays.

DAILY: Isaac Julien's Looking for Langston (1989), a film poem about Harlem Renaissance figure Langston Hughes, screens through July 14 at 11 a.m. Daily screenings of three documentaries by artist-in-residence Ellen Bruno on social issues in three Asian countries, Samsara, Satya, and Sacrifice, repeat thrice daily through July 14. Free with gallery admission noon, 2, 4 p.m.

WEDNESDAY (June 19): Michael Dean's D.I.Y. or Die (2002) celebrates "do it yourself" musicians, painters, sculptors, photographers and others, who "spurn the commercial world and brave life as an independent." And it's indeed true that some of them would turn down an offer from Nike or the Rockefeller Foundation. Some. $7 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY (June 20): Veteran New York experimental filmmaker Ken Jacobs' taped version of the events of Sept. 11 and their aftermath, Circling Zero (2002). $7 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (June 21): A three-week "Jazz in June" series concludes with Joel Katz's Strange Fruit (U.K., 2001), the history of the anti-lynching song. $6 8 p.m. In the Center for the Arts Theater, the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival screens Sugar Sweet at 6:30 p.m. and Please Don't Stop at 9 p.m. $8.50 each.

SATURDAY (June 22): SFILGFF screenings in the YBCA Theater -- True Hearted Vixens and Body 1 p.m. Novela, Novela 4 p.m. Shorts on transgender themes 6:30 p.m. From the 1970s, Tricia's Wedding and Elevator Girls in Bondage 9 p.m. $8.50 each.

TUESDAY (June 25): Martin Meissonnier's Invisible War (2000) claims that the U.S. has dropped depleted uranium on Iraq and Yugoslavia; Amer Alwan's Children of the Embargo (2000) blames the U.N. embargo for mass starvation in Iraq. Presented by the Arab Film Festival. $7 7:30 p.m.

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