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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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 13): Juliette Binoche and Daniel Auteuil co-star in a Gallic remake of A Close Shave, The Widow of St. Pierre (Patrice Leconte, France, 2000) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Nov. 16): The Widow of St. Pierre 2 p.m.
1881 Post (at Buchanan), 931-9800. This just-off-Geary multiplex is the site of the annual New Italian Cinema Events (NICE), with screenings through Nov. 24. Advance tickets $9 save as noted, available online at www.sffs.org, by calling (866) 468-3399, or by faxing a request for an order form to 561-5099. Directors in person for most programs. (For the rest of the Kabuki fare, see our Showtimes page.)
THURSDAY (Nov. 14): NICE opens with a tribute to filmmaker Mimmo Calopresti and screenings of The Second Time (1997) 7 p.m. and Notes of Love (1998) 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Nov. 15): Calopresti's I Prefer the Sound of the Sea (1999) 7 p.m. The Second Time 9:30 p.m.
MONDAY (Nov. 18): Federico Fellini's Jungian jamboree Juliet of the Spirits (Italy, 1965) 7:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (Nov. 19): Children are smarter than their parents in Not Fair (Antonietta de Lillo, 2001) 7 p.m. A private eye wonders What Are You Looking For (Marco S. Puccioni, 2001) 9:30 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.
THURSDAY (Nov. 14): "Kucharathon," three short films by local underground legend George Kuchar, including The Sunshine Sisters (1972), "a love comic book of doomed women," and Blips (1970), "an enigmatic movie that's like an enigmatic enema" 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Nov. 15): An "Open Screening"; BYOMovies. Free for filmmakers 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Nov. 16): So you've lost an election. Don't mourn; organize. Other Cinema offers a "Wobbly"-themed program with Travis Wilkerson's An Injury to One, about the suppression of the IWW 80 years ago. Also, Safety Orange by Juliana Fredman and Jim Davis takes on the prison industry and Gone Tomorrow by Heather Rogers and Christian Parenti analyzes "the hidden life of garbage" 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Nov. 17): 3rd I, a South Asian film group, screens several short documentaries made for PBS by Joe Rubin, including Bhutan: The Last Place, on the introduction of television there, Sri Lanka: Living With Terror, and more. Rubin in person 2 p.m.
2789 24th St. (at York), 552-FILM and www.filmarts.org for this series. This restored movie house, with two screens, hosts programs from the 18th annual Film Arts Festival. All programs $9 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 13): Portland actors collaborate with Vietnamese for a staging of A Midsummer Night's Dream in the Opening Night film, A Dream in Hanoi (Tom Weidlinger, 2002). Film only $10, film and reception $20 8 p.m.
THURSDAY (Nov. 14): Unlocking the Heart of Adoption 6 p.m. Cul de Sac 8 p.m. "New Storytellers" -- shorts, including Giovanna Chesler's Beauteaus 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Nov. 15): Downside UP 6 p.m. "America Re/Visioned" -- shorts on political themes, including Angel Vasquez's A Change of Faith 7:30 p.m. "Manhandled" -- shorts about men, including Rock Schroeter's Guys and Dolls 9:30 p.m. Teddi Dean Bennett's narrative feature Love Will Travel (2002). Show your support, it was shot on film 11 p.m.
SATURDAY (Nov. 16): "Kids Animation Mini-Festival," $5 11 a.m. "From Your Seat to the Street" (panel discussion), free 1 p.m. "In the Flickerflash" -- experimental shorts 3 p.m. Trailer Park Blues 5 p.m. David Schendel's Yank Tanks, documenting the old American cars still roaming Cuba 7 p.m. Security 9 p.m. Scumrock 11 p.m.
SUNDAY (Nov. 17): Latino Film Festival (866/468-3399 and www.ticketweb.com for tickets, www.latinofilmfestival.org for information) -- "Youth in Video", free 11 a.m. The Invisible Children, $5 1 p.m. Loco Fever 3 p.m. Herod's Law, with actor Damián Alcazar in person 5:15 p.m. Anita Takes a Chance 8:20 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; 552-FILM and www.filmarts.org for the Film Arts Festival, playing here Sunday. $8 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: Akira Kurosawa's Siberian epic Dersu Uzala (U.S.S.R., 1975), an impressive work of honor amid nature that inaugurated a new stage in the director's career 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: The 2002 UnderSkatement Film Festival offers short films and videos depicting skateboarding, or at least influenced by the spirit of skateboarding. Call 970-8964 for more info 8 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Kote Mikaberidze's My Grandmother (U.S.S.R., 1929), a slapstick satire of bureaucracy and consumerism made by a poet turned filmmaker, plays with a live score by Beth Custer and ensemble. $12 8 p.m.
SUNDAY: The 18th Film Arts Festival offers five programs here today -- Paul Ginnochio's A Place Named Destiny, about the Destiny Youth Arts Performance Company of Oakland. $5 11 a.m. An African-American man runs for Congress in Dylan's Run 1 p.m. A biography of surfer Rell Sun, Heart of the Sea. $15 3:30 p.m. "First Person Female," a shorts program. $9 5:30 p.m. The Weather Underground, $10; $30 for film and Closing Night Party that follows 7:30 p.m.
MONDAY: A man and a boy and a bike -- The Bicycle Thief (Vittorio De Sica, Italy, 1948; 7:10 p.m.), screening with Robert Bresson's spiritual voyage Diary of a Country Priest (France, 1951; 9 p.m.).