WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Claude Chabrol's latest thriller, and 48th feature, Merci pour le chocolat (France, 2000). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 25-31): Takashi Miike's The Happiness of the Katakuris (Japan, 2001). See Opening 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 THROUGH FRIDAY: Preston Sturges' still-timely farce about fake military heroics, Hail the Conquering Hero (1944; 7:30 p.m.), screens with the Marx Brothers' second feature, the stage-bound but still hilarious Animal Crackers (Victor Heerman, 1930; 5:40, 9:20 p.m.). Last night I shot an elephant in my pajamas.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Closed.
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.
WEDNESDAY: A work-in-progress screening of The Lost Boys of Sudan (2002), a video by Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk that follows two refugees of the Sudanese civil war from a Kenyan refugee camp through their first year in the United States. Filmmakers in person. $7 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: The San Francisco Cinematheque presents a landmark of New German Cinema, Alexander Kluge's Strongman Ferdinand (1975), about a director of security's obsession with same. $7 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The Opening Night party for "Bay Area Now 3" screens short films by Cade Bursell, Gibbs Chapman, Peaches Christ, Caveh Zahedi, and more. $12 8-11 p.m.
SATURDAY: Daily screenings of "Bay Area Now 3" programs begin with the S.F. dot-com boom doc Boom! The Sound of Eviction (Francine Cavanaugh, A. Mark Liiv, Adams Wood, 2001), screening every Saturday through Jan. 12 at noon.
SUNDAY: "Bay Area Now 3" -- Livermore by Rachel Raney and David Murray (2002), a humorous look at the East Bay community noon.
MONDAY: Venue closed.
TUESDAY: "Bay Area Now 3" -- Artists in Exile: A Story of Modern Dance in San Francisco by Austin Forbord and Shelley Trott (2000) noon.
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