FRIDAY (Feb. 28): "Open Screening" of new Bay Area-made shorts by members, "the first 90 minutes of material to walk through the door." Plus gratis popcorn and soda. Free 7 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.
MONDAY: Venue closed.
STARTS TUESDAY: Terry Gilliam's retro futurescape Brazil (1985) screens through March 23 at 6:30, 8:45, 11 p.m.
THURSDAY: The animated Heavy Metal 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: Roddy Bogawa's Junk (1999), an "apocalyptic science-fiction love story built from detritus, rust and naked flesh" 8 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Call for program.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 for reservations and information. $5. This cultural asset of long standing offers a "February Film Noir" series of projected video of classics, with salon-style discussions after the films featuring noir expert Eddie Muller.
FRIDAY (Feb. 28): John Alton's cinematography for Raw Deal (1948) virtually defines "film noir" with its harsh, high-contrast black-and-white look pinning down the hapless protagonists, who include Dennis O'Keefe and Claire Trevor 6:30 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.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $8, second show $2. 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: René Clair greeted the sound era with A Nous la Liberté (France, 1931), a silent comedy with music, dialogue, and singing flowers 3 p.m. A compendium of product placements from Hollywood films gives us "Value-Added Cinema" 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A "Czech New Wave" series continues with The Maple and Juliana (Stefan Uher, 1972), a Slovakian fairy tale about a lovelorn woman turned into a tree and the calamities that follow when three musicians chop the tree up to make new instruments. Not due for a remake from Pixar anytime soon! 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The Czech series concludes with Jan Nemec's thriller Diamonds of the Night (1964; 7:30 p.m.), following two boys as they escape from a death camp train, co-scripted by one of the survivors; and The Cremator (Juraj Herz, 1968; 9 p.m.), about a crematorium worker who becomes obsessed with his job.
SATURDAY: "An Afternoon With Bertrand Tavernier" offers the fine French filmmaker in person with his latest, Safe Conduct (2002), a drama set in the French film industry during the Occupation 2 p.m. The Women of Color Film Festival opens with "It's Our Turn to Speak," a program of short videos and the hourlong Some Real Heat (Stefanie Jordan, 2002), about female firefighters 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Women of Color -- "Displacement," short films on exile and the hourlong Children of the Crocodile (Marsha Emerman, U.S./Australia), following two East Timor women's adaptation to life in Australia 3 p.m. The program "Through the Mirror" includes the short feature Adrift in the Heartland (Brigid Maher, 2002), about the friendship of a Palestinian woman and an African-American woman 6:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: Women of Color -- "Home Is Where Our Healing Is," a program of shorts on coming to terms with the past. Filmmakers in person for this and other programs in the series 7:30 p.m.
2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com. $5. This beautifully restored picture palace's ongoing "Movie Classics Series" regularly includes a feature plus a newsreel, cartoon, previews, and a few spins of the Dec-O-Win prize wheel.
FRIDAY (Feb. 28): Billy Wilder's adept mix of schmaltz and cynicism, The Apartment (1960), marked career highs for all, including Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray as three sides of an office triangle 8 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5 save as noted. Pizza, beer, and movies on two screens. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.
THURSDAY (Feb. 27): A pimp moonlights as a suburbanite in Candy Tangerine Man (Matt Cimber, 1975) 9:15 p.m.
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