Commentary by Gregg Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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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2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM, www.landmarktheatres.com. $6. This duplex offers a midnight movie series (plus "drawings for valuable and coveted prizes") on Saturdays for 10 weeks. For additional screenings see our Showtimes page.
SATURDAY (Sept. 21): Cassandra Peterson invites you to visit Elvira's Haunted Hills (Sam Irvin, 2001) midnight.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Sept. 18): The French change partners and dance in The Taste of Others (Agnès Jaoui, France, 1999) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Sept. 21): The Taste of Others 2 p.m.
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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 (Sept. 20): The MadCat Women's International Film Festival presents a program of shorts, "Truth Seekers," with four films on themes of males and violence -- what a boy experienced in Bosnia in Sheila Sofian's Conversations With Haris, what a soldier saw at Nagasaki in Chris Willging's Standing at Ground Zero, her father's love for hunting in Kerry Hustwit's The Hunter's Guide, and, particularly relevant, Victoria Gamburg's Right Road Lost, which tells the story of a soldier's participation in the Vietnam War and the Gulf War I. Program repeats tomorrow. $7 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Sept. 21): "Truth Seekers," $7 5 p.m. A program devoted to "Suburban Dystopias" screens Garrett Scott's Cul de Sac, about the post-Cold War malaise of a military-industrial work force, and Deborah Stratman's In Order Not to Be Here, a film record of the "blank faces of gated communities" 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Sept. 22): Triple A presents "Penumbra," a night of films and performances exploring the mystery of shadow play, including works by Thomas Comerford and Rebecca Meyers, Jeff Warrin of the art group silt, Robert Schaller, Louis Recoder, and Ken Paul Rosenthal 7 p.m.
2781 24th St. (at York), 553-8140 and www.cineaccion.com for tickets and complete schedule information for the 10th Festival ¡Cine Latino! Programs in the main theater of the old, rebuilt York Theater are listed here; see Web site for sidebar screenings. All programs $7 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY: The Opening Night of the 10th annual Festival ¡Cine Latino! screens Anthony Quinn's last film, Oriundi (Ricardo Bravo, Brazil/Italy, 2001), with reception to follow. $12 6:30 p.m. In Search of Aztlàn and Yo Soy Chicano 9:30 p.m. A Cuban Legend 11 p.m.
THURSDAY: Almost a Woman 1 p.m. The latest from acclaimed documentary filmmaker Lourdes Portillo, Señorita Extraviada (2002) 6:30 p.m. Password 8:30 p.m. Alegria de Una Vez 10:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Short films by students 10 a.m. A Cuban Legend 1 p.m. Princess and the Barrio Boy 6:30 p.m. Los Patriotas 8:30 p.m. Hawaiian Gardens 10:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Mixed Feelings 1 p.m. El Barco Prometido 3 p.m. Almost a Woman 6:30 p.m. Mirror, Mirror 8:30 p.m. Testimony: The Maria Guardado Story 10:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Adio Kerida 1 p.m. Casita 3 p.m. El Espiritu de Mi Mama 4 p.m. Manito 6 p.m. Adios East Los 8 p.m.
429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $7 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. 255-6534 and www.sfzc.org for more information on the "Real to Real" series. All "Real to Real" films are $10; series passes available.
WEDNESDAY: A gay couple in Buenos Aires are not so Happy Together (Wong Kar-Wai, Hong Kong, 1997; 3, 7:30 p.m.), while Michael Haneke's The Piano Teacher (France, 2000; 12:30, 5, 9:30 p.m.) isn't even happy with herself.
THURSDAY: The Alloy Orchestra performs live scores to two very different silent movies, The Black Pirate (Albert Parker, 1926; 7:30 p.m.), an early color swashbuckler with Douglas Fairbanks, and F.W. Murnau's still-creepy vampire tale Nosferatu (Germany, 1922; 9:30 p.m.). $12 each; $18 for both. See Ongoing for review of The Black Pirate.
FRIDAY: "Real to Real," a three-day series of Buddhist films (and "films with a Buddhist sensibility"), opens with a reception and Enlightenment Guaranteed (Doris Dörrie, Germany, 2000), a comedy about two brothers in a Zen monastery in Japan. Filmmaker in person. Reception 5:30 p.m.; film 7 p.m. Dörrie addresses her husband's death in Moments (1996) 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: A Buddhist monk is confronted with the slippery nature of truth in Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon (Japan, 1950) 1 p.m. Henry Fonda is the holdout juror who seeks the truth in 12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet, 1957) 4 p.m. A hell-bound soul occupies the body of a just-suicided teenager in Colorful (Shun Nakahara, Japan, 2000) 7 p.m. Doris Dörrie's latest film, Naked (Germany, 2002), about a dinner party that takes a strange turn 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: Three boys sneak out of an Indian monastery to catch World Cup soccer in The Cup (Khyentse Norbu, Bhutan, 2000) 1 p.m. Ulrike Koch's seasoned documentary about The Saltmen of Tibet (Germany, 1998) 4 p.m. In Nazi-occupied Prague, a Christian couple takes in a Jewish refugee in Divided We Fall (Jan Hrebejk, Czech Republic, 2000) 7 p.m.
MONDAY: Julie Newmar hosts a screening of the drag comedy To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (Beeban Kidron, 1995) as a benefit marking the 20th anniversary of the AIDS Emergency Fund. $25; screening plus reception with Miss Newmar $75 7 p.m.
TUESDAY: Judy Stone introduces John Huston's acclaimed adventure film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) and speaks about the source novel's mysterious author B. Traven 7:30 p.m.