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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
SATURDAY (June 29): Alain Resnais' icy Stavisky (1974) follows the career of a swindler who nearly brought down the French government in the 1930s 2 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
FRIDAY (June 28): "IndyMedia" offers alternative newsreels from around the country, including Peace Is Patriotic from Portland, No More Enrons from Philadelphia, Whirl-Mart Ritual from Breathing Planet, video reports from the West Bank, and the locally made Uprooted: Refugees of the Global Economy by Ulla Nilsen 8 p.m.
429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com, and (925) 866-9559 and www.frameline.org/festival for the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. $7 regular admission, $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 Incidental Journey and I Am Not What You Want 1 p.m. The Ghost of Roger Casement 3:45 p.m. Running Blue 6:30 p.m. From Slovenia, Guardian of the Frontier, $15 9 p.m.
THURSDAY: SFILGFF -- Skeleton Woman 1 p.m. Road Movie 3:30 p.m. Exploding Oedipus 6:30 p.m. The Trip 9 p.m.
FRIDAY: SFILGFF -- Episodes of the Brit TV series Bob & Rose noon. More episodes of Bob & Rose 3 p.m. Radical Harmonies 6:30 p.m. Venus Boyz 11 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFILGFF -- Swimming Upstream 11 a.m. "The History of Masturbation" (shorts) 1:15 p.m. Some Real Heat 3:45 p.m. Director Steve Guttenberg's P.S. Your Cat Is Dead 6 p.m. Britney Baby -- One More Time 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFILGFF -- "Fun in Boys' Shorts" noon. "Fun in Girls' Shorts" 2 p.m. I Love You Baby 4:30 p.m. The Closing Night film is Ruthie and Connie, screening with Lives of the Pharaohs. $60 7:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Charles Laughton's gothic fairy tale The Night of the Hunter (1955) screens in a new print 7, 9 p.m.
TUESDAY: Also in a new print, Alexander Mackendrick's slashing journalism noir The Sweet Smell of Success (1957). "Let me chastise you, Sidney" 7, 9 p.m.
FINE ARTS CINEMA
2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143, www.fineartscinema.com. $8. Berkeley's innovatively programmed art house has been putting on some of the most conceptually daring double bills in town since 1998. We bid it a fond farewell, with hopes for a speedy return, as it embarks on a two-year hiatus.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY (June 26 & 27): Lotte Reiniger's shadow-animated fairy tale The Adventures of Prince Achmed (Germany, 1926), with live music by the Georges Lammam Ensemble. This delightful film is in a way what movies can be all about -- imagination-stretching vehicles to dream on 7:15 p.m.
FRIDAY (June 28): "The Short and Shorter of It" screens a program of shorts from around the world, including House of Cards from Belgium, Videos from South Africa, and Lulu's Big Date from Oakland. This is the final program of the season from the San Francisco Cinematheque, screening in honor of the Fine Arts.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (June 29 & 30): Last call for The Adventures of Prince Achmed, and for this theater 7:15 p.m.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, www.foreigncinema.com. 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.
San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness (at Grove), (925) 866-9559 and www.frameline.org/festival for the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, screening here through Saturday. $8.50, matinees (before 5 p.m.) $6.
WEDNESDAY (June 26): Claire 6:30 p.m. "In Conversation With Isaac Julien" -- three short videos, his latest documentary, and live Q&A 9 p.m.
THURSDAY (June 27): "Girls by the Bay" (shorts) 6:30 p.m. "Boys by the Bay" 9 p.m.
FRIDAY (June 28): "The Truth About Gay Sex" (shorts) 6:30 p.m. Shanghai Panic 9 p.m.
SATURDAY (June 29): "Fantastic Voyage" (lesbian-themed shorts) 1 p.m. The Snake Boy 3:15 p.m. Georgie Girl 5:30 p.m. The Man I Love 8 p.m. Divas 10:15 p.m.
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