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: A "New Iranian Cinema" series continues with The Deserted Station (Alireza Raisan, 2002; 7 p.m.), about an urban couple stranded in a village, and A House Built on Water (Bahman Farmanara, 2002; 9 p.m.), which follows a doctor's life and work. Water repeats on Friday.
THURSDAY: "New Iranian Cinema" -- A counterfeit note passes from hand to hand in Iranian Spread (Kianoush Ayyari, 2002). Repeats Saturday 7 p.m. A non-narrative look at Iran's "culture and soul," Yad-O-Yadegar (Mostafa Razzagh Karimi and Mojalal Varahram, 2002). Repeats Sunday 9:10 p.m.
FRIDAY: "New Iranian Cinema" -- A House Built on Water 7 p.m. Bemani (To Stay Alive, Darius Mehrjui, 2002), about the oppression of women in rural Iran 9:10 p.m.
SATURDAY: "New Iranian Cinema" -- The love of an Iranian worker and an Afghan refugee is told in Majid Majidi's Baran (2001) 7 p.m. Iranian Spread 8:55 p.m.
SUNDAY: A Children's Film Festival screening of My Sister's Kids (Tomas Villum Jensen, Denmark, 2001), a comedy with subtitles read aloud 1 p.m. "New Iranian Cinema," suitable for teenagers -- I Am Taraneh, 15 (Rasul Sadr-Ameli, 2002), about a girl who defies social conventions 3, 5:30 p.m. Yad-O-Yadegar 7:40 p.m.
TUESDAY: "Ritual, Nature, and Potted Psalms," screens celebrated American experimental films of the 1940s 7:30 p.m.
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: Derrida (Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Kofman, 2002) 7, 9 p.m. Rabbit-Proof Fence (Phillip Noyce, Australia, 2002) 6:45, 8:45 p.m. Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany, 2001) 6:30 p.m. Standing in the Shadows of Motown (Paul Justman, 2002) 8:30 p.m. Personal Velocity (Rebecca Miller, 2002) 8:30 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
STARTS FRIDAY: Doris Dörrie's Naked (Nackt) (Germany, 2002). See Opening for review. Call theater for times and other films.
FRIDAY: A series of Andrei Tarkovsky's Russian journeys to the dark heart of film art begins with his version of Stanislaw Lem's sci-fi tale Solaris (U.S.S.R., 1972), a remarkable work of human-alien encounter in hypnotic slow motion. Not to be confused with the recent, elliptical adaptation by Steven Soderbergh. See Ongoing for review 7:15 p.m.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Tarkovsky rings the bell with the medieval fresco Andrei Roublev (U.S.S.R., 1966) Sat 7:15 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Solaris 7:15 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: 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.
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: 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 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY: Björk's take on Swan Lake, Dancer in the Dark (Lars von Trier, Denmark, 2000), features Deneuve 7, 9:50 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Jan. 21 & 22): Let's not have Nicole Kidman star in the American remake of Mostly Martha (Sandra Nettelbeck, Germany, 2002), about a control-freak chef; in Kidman's version, she'll only make watercress sandwiches and broth 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
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.
WEDNESDAY: A weeklong series of classics distributed by Kino commences with Fritz Lang's still-harrowing M (Germany, 1931) 2:15, 4:30, 7, 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY: Inspector Clouzot's sad suspense story of doomed truckers, Wages of Fear (France, 1953) 2, 5, 8 p.m.
SUNDAY: A neo-realist double bill of Open City (Roberto Rossellini, Italy, 1945; 3:45, 7:30 p.m.) and The Bicycle Thief (Vittorio De Sica, Italy, 1948; 2, 5:45, 9:30 p.m.), both prominently featuring the most honest of actors -- kids.
MONDAY: The tale of Orpheus is re-created in Rio at carnival time in Marcel Camus' Black Orpheus (France, 1959) 7, 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY: Elem Klimov's bleak Soviet war epic Come and See (U.S.S.R., 1985) 6, 9 p.m.
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: Derrida (Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Kofman, 2002); see Ongoing for review. Call for times.
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