Commentary by Gregg Rickman (email@example.com). 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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SATURDAY (Jan. 11): The Lost Film Festival, a traveling show of short films with an anarchist, anti-globalization bent, materializes in the Bay Area this weekend, with works including Piefight '69 (Sam Green/Christian Bruno), footage of a pie attack at the San Francisco Film Festival; The Horribly Stupid Stunt Which Has Resulted in His Untimely Death (The Yes Men); Gigi From 9 to 5 (Joanne Nucho); Lego Trilogy (Rob Weychert); Crowd Bites Wolf (Guerillavision); Social Distortion, a 1988 Canadian TV documentary on punk rock; and Anarchy Carpet (Siketrike), about a carpet that "roams the streets of Baltimore convincing the kids that a life of egalitarian cooperation would be more fun than living under consumer capitalism." A "Stay for Copy & Destroy" zine tour follows. Program also screens at Mission Records in S.F. and Spazport in Berkeley; see separate entries 4 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $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.
THURSDAY: The Opening Night of 2003's Berlin & Beyond Film Festival of German-language cinema screens Nowhere in Africa (Caroline Link, Germany, 2001). Opening Night Party, $25 6:30 p.m. Film only, $10 8 p.m. See Night & Day, Page 26, for more on the fest.
FRIDAY: Berlin & Beyond -- White Noise 4:30 p.m. Bungalow 7 p.m. Ulrich Seidel's Austrian document Dog Days 9:45 p.m.
SATURDAY: Berlin & Beyond -- A reworking of the venerable "city symphony" genre, Thomas Schadt's Berlin: Symphony takes a cool modern look at today's capital. Recommended noon. Crazy About Paris 2:30 p.m. Jeans 5:15 p.m. Doris Dörrie's latest, Naked 7:30 p.m. Tattoo 10:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: Berlin & Beyond -- A series of revived postwar German films screens the comedy I Often Think of Piroschka (1955) noon. "The Best of German Film Schools" 2 p.m. Viennese film buffs congregate in Bellaria -- As Long as We Live 4:15 p.m. Grill Point 7 p.m. Lovely Rita 9:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: Berlin & Beyond -- A late silent melodrama with a young Marlene Dietrich, The Women Men Yearn For (Curtis Bernhardt, Germany, 1929), with live organ accompaniment of Dennis James' original score. $10 7 p.m. Andy Warhol's old-country relatives puzzle over his fame in Absolut Warhola 9:30 p.m.
FINE ARTS CINEMA
2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143 and www.fineartscinema.com. $7 save as noted. A winter season continues for this innovatively programmed art house.
WEDNESDAY: It's hot rodder heaven with two early-'70s classics, George Lucas' American Graffiti (1973; 7 p.m.) and Monte Hellman's flying circus Two-Lane Blacktop (1971; 9:05 p.m.), with James Taylor and Dennis Wilson as a pair of enigmatic grease monkeys. Highly recommended.
THURSDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Jan. 9-15): Godfrey Reggio casts a jaundiced eye on 20th-century civilization in Koyaanisqatsi (1982; 7 p.m.), screening with Harmony Korine's plotless, jaundiced Gummo (1997; 8:45 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.
DAILY (closed Mondays): James Bond vs. Goldfinger (Guy Hamilton, U.K., 1964), screening through Jan. 19 6:15, 8:15, 10:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: No film tonight -- it's Richard M. Nixon's birthday!
FRIDAY: Gibtown, a documentary about a retirement community for circus freaks 8 p.m.
TUESDAY: John Carpenter's kung fu fighting Big Trouble in Little China (1986) 8 p.m.
2548 Mission (at 21st Street), 285-1550 and firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. $5.
MONDAY (Jan. 13): The Lost Film Festival alights here; see 924 Gilman Street entry for details. A "guerrilla screening" at the 16th Street BART station follows. Program also screens at Spazport in Berkeley; see separate entry 7 p.m.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Kim Ki-Duk's The Isle (Korea, 2000); see Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 10-16): Never mind the little man behind the curtain! It's Derrida (Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Kofman, 2002). See Opening for review. Filmmakers in person on Friday. Call for times.
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