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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.
WEDNESDAY (June 26): In a post-apocalyptic future, redheads fight blondes and brunettes over dwindling supplies of ammo and lipstick in John Michael McCarthy's Superstarlet A.D. 8 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. There's no new film on the calendar for this Friday. $7.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY (June 26 & 27): Chris Smith's Home Movie (2001). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $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 his portrait of a flax grower, Maria (Peasant Elegy) (U.S.S.R., 1978-88), and Soviet Elegy (1989), a look at Boris Yeltsin 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A selection of seven of Alain Cavalier's Portraits (France, 1989-92) of working women 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Polish director Andrzej Munk's Passenger (1963), a concentration camp drama completed after his death, and Andrzej Brzozowski's Last Pictures (2001), a documentary about the making of Passenger 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Alexander Sokurov's five-episode, four-hour Confession: From the Captain's Diary (Russia, 1998), the inner monologue of a ship's captain combined with a meticulous documentary record of the ship at sea, screens in its entirety with a dinner break after the second episode 4 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: A series of the works of Brazilian filmmaker Sergio Bianchi begins with Chronically Unfeasible (2000), a controversial, confrontational movie about the doings at an upscale São Paulo restaurant 7:30 p.m.
2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com. $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.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $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.
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, www.finc.org. $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: The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (Peter Care, 2002) 7, 9:15 p.m. Alexander Mackendrick's The Sweet Smell of Success (1957) 6:45 p.m. Enigma (Michael Apted, U.K., 2002) 9:30 p.m. Late Marriage (Dover Koshashvili, Israel, 2001) 6:30, 8:45 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Petter Næss' Elling (Norway, 2002); see Opening for review. Call for times and other films.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY: Mean Bobby Dylan wipes the floor with all comers in the documentary smackdown Dont Look Back (D.A. Pennebaker, 1965) 2, 7:15, 9:20 p.m.
THURSDAY: Stan Lathan's break-dance musical Beat Street (1984), a modest film that has the primary virtue of existing. It's way too sincere for any real camp value 7:15, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: "Hip hop meets Hanna-Barbera" in Wave Twisters (Syd Garon and Eric Henry, 2002). These talented animators' 50-minute film is accompanied by some shorts 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Gay Orthodox and Hasidic Jews, Trembling Before G-d (Sandi Simcha DuBowski, 2001) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $7 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.
DAILY: Thomas Riedelsheimer's Rivers and Tides (U.K., 2000) screens through July 9. See Opening for review 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4 p.m.
2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com. $8.25. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming. There's no new film on the calendar for this Friday. For the rest of the Shattuck's schedule, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY (June 26 & 27): Chris Smith's Home Movie (2001). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.swixo.com/stanford. $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: D.W. Griffith's Intolerance (1916) tells four tales from four different eras in history in an adventurous epic that's a must-see for all serious filmgoers. Live organ accompaniment by Dennis James. Eat your heart out, Steven Soderbergh! 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: Two of Billy Wilder's more scabrous films, The Lost Weekend (1945; 7:30 p.m.), with Ray Milland as a sick drunk, and Ace in the Hole (1951; 5:25, 9:20 p.m.), with Kirk Douglas as a ravenous reporter. Kneeling in church bags your nylons.
SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: One of Wilder's more crowd-pleasing 1950s films, the courtroomer Witness for the Prosecution (1957; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:10 p.m.), screens with the prison camp comedy-drama Stalag 17 (1953; 5:15, 9:35 p.m.).
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $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.
THURSDAY (June 27): Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Happiness, a short (14-minute) "pseudo-mentary" found-footage collage film on the theme of reproductive rights, followed by discussion with filmmakers Tiffany Shlain, Maya Draisin, and Xandra Castleton. Party to follow. $15 for under-30s, $20 for over-30-year-olds 7 p.m.
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