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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: Closed.

THURSDAY: Andrei Tarkovsky's The Mirror (U.S.S.R., 1974) has two faces, the personal and the political, in a dying man's reverie 5 p.m. Tarkovsky rings the bell with his medieval epic Andrei Roublev (U.S.S.R., 1966) 1:30, 4:15, 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: Andrei Roublev 5 p.m.

SATURDAY: Andei Roublev 3:30 p.m. Tarkovsky's first feature, Ivan's Childhood (U.S.S.R., 1964), about a Russian boy behind enemy lines in World War II 7 p.m. The Mirror 8:50 p.m.

SUNDAY: A Children's Film Festival screening of The Living Forest (Angel de la Cruz, Spain, 2001), about talking trees, but not the ones that march on Isengard and destroy Saruman. Spanish subtitles read aloud 1 p.m. Children's Film Festival -- three shorts, all "From South Africa" 3 p.m. The Mirror 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Closed.

TUESDAY: A New Iranian Cinema series begins with Bemani (To Stay Alive, Darius Mehrjui, 2002; 7 p.m.), about the oppression of women in rural Iran, and The Exam (Nasser Refaie, 2002; 9 p.m.), about teenagers readying for a college-entry test.

RAFAEL FILM CENTER

1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.finc.org. $8.50 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater is operated by the California Film Institute. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Rabbit-Proof Fence (Phillip Noyce, Australia, 2002) 6:45, 8:45 p.m. Standing in the Shadows of Motown (Paul Justman, 2002) 7, 9:15 p.m. Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany, 2001) 6:30 p.m. Personal Velocity (Rebecca Miller, 2002) 8:30 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

STARTS FRIDAY: A documentary about the future star of Deconstruct This! (and its less successful sequel, Deconstruct That!), Derrida (Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Kofman, 2002). See Opening for review. Call theater for times and other films.

RED VIC

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: Before signs, there were Crop Circles (William Gazecki, U.K., 2002) 2, 7, 9:25 p.m.

THURSDAY: Immortal vampires prowl Manhattan in The Hunger (Tony Scott, 1983) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: David Bowie prowls the planet in D.A. Pennebaker's musical documentary Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1973) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.

SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Jan. 12-15): The way voice, rhythm, and ritual connect with the spiritual is the subject of Sounds Sacred (Barbara Rick, 2001), in its local theatrical premiere. Filmmaker in person at evening screenings 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m., Wed 2 p.m.

ROXIE

3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.

DAILY: Joel Katz's Strange Fruit (2002); see Opening for review 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 2, 4 p.m.

SHATTUCK

2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming. For the rest of the Shattuck's schedule, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Kim Ki-Duk's The Isle (Korea, 2000); see Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 10-16): How do you solve a problem like Derrida (Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Kofman, 2002)? How do you hold a moonbeam in your hands? See Opening for review. Filmmakers in person on Saturday. Call for times.

SPAZPORT

705 Bancroft, Berkeley, (800) HUM-NUMB and www.spaz.org for more information.

SUNDAY (Jan. 12): The Lost Film Fest alights here; see 924 Gilman Street entry for details 8 p.m.

YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

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.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Screenings of "Bay Area Now 3" documentaries continue through Jan. 12, free with gallery admission. On Wednesday, children speak freely in No Dumb Questions (Melissa Regan, 2001) and She Wants to Talk to You (Anita Chang, 2001); on Thursday, See How They Run (Emily Morse, Kelly Duane, and Tony Saxe, 2001) the 2000 mayor's race; on Friday, a roller derby queen is Demon of the Derby (Sharon Marie Rutter, 2001); on Saturday, the dot-com era's Boom! The Sound of Eviction (Francine Cavanaugh, A. Mark Liiv, Adams Wood, 2001) is recalled; on Sunday, a profile of lovely life in Livermore (Rachel Raney and David Murray, 2002).

WEDNESDAY: Film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, Wattis Artist-in-Residence, introduces and lectures on three films this week. Tonight, Abbas Kiarostami's The Wind Will Carry Us (Iran, 1999) and the short The House Is Black (Forough Farrokhzad, Iran, 1962), about a leper colony. $6 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: Rosenbaum introduces the jazz film A Great Day in Harlem (Jean Bach, 1994), screening with short jazz films from 1929 to 1995. $6 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: Rosenbaum introduces Orson Welles' now-popular noir Touch of Evil (1958). $6 7:30 p.m.

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