FRIDAY: The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival screens Mango Soufflé (Mahesh Dattani, India, 2002) 6:45 p.m. From Bollywood, a melodramatic musical, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (Karan Johar, India, 1998) 9 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFIAAFF -- Soccer, North Korean-style, in The Game of Their Lives 1 p.m. A famed 1950s Bollywood epic, Mother India (Mehboob Khan, India, 1957) 3:30 p.m. Mekhong Full Moon Dinner Party (Jira Maligool, Thailand, 2002) 7:15 p.m. "GAM/F ISO Same" (shorts) 10 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): Terry Gilliam's retro futurescape Brazil (1985) screens through March 23 at 6:30, 8:45, 11 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: A man's announcement of his atheism causes family chaos in Blasphemy (John Mendoza, 2001) 8 p.m.
THURSDAY: OZZfest fans declaim, We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n' Roll (Penelope Spheeris, U.K., 2001) 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: Crank lab rats go nuts in Cookers (Dan Mintz, 2001) 8 p.m.
MONDAY: Lillian Gish faces The Wind in Victor Seastrom's outstanding late silent (1928) 8 p.m.
TUESDAY: Mutant babies kill at will in Larry Cohen's better than you might expect It's Alive (1974) 8 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org/events for information; phone or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing offers a March series of courtroom dramas on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 7-13): The Son (Dardenne Brothers, Belgium, 2002); see Opening for review. Call for times.
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: Ernst Lubitsch's brilliant black comedy of actorly vanity and the German occupation of Poland, To Be or Not to Be (1942) 3 p.m. "Playback," a lecture-discussion on preserving video art, features local video artists and the preserved video artwork The Eternal Frame (Ant Farm, T.R. Uthco, 1975), a re-creation of the Kennedy assassination shot in Dealey Plaza 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: "Behind the Local Curtain," documentaries by UCB students from anthropology, ethnic studies, and film 7 p.m.
FRIDAY: San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival screenings of Eliana, Eliana (Riri Riza, Indonesia, 2002) and a short film by Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-Liang 7:30 p.m. I-San Special (Mingmongkol Sonakul, Thailand, 2002) 9:15 p.m. For more info, see www.naatanet.org.
SATURDAY: SFIAAFF -- Morning Sun (Carma Hinton, Geremie Barme, 2003) examines the Chinese Cultural Revolution 6 p.m. No One's Ark (Nobuhiro Yamashita, Japan, 2002) 9 p.m.
SUNDAY: A "Family Classics" screening of Carroll Ballard's horse story The Black Stallion (1979) 2 p.m. SFIAAFF -- Mother India 5:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: SFIAAFF -- "Crossed Paths," seven experimental shorts 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.
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: Alexander Sokurov's Russian Ark (Russia, 2002) 6:30, 8:30 p.m. Rabbit-Proof Fence (Phillip Noyce, Australia, 2002) Wed 9 p.m.; Thurs 6:45, 8:45 p.m. Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary (André Heller, Othmar Schmiderer, Austria, 2002) 7, 9 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Russian Ark and Rabbit-Proof Fence continue. Call for times.
FRIDAY: A three-day "Celebration of Chinese Cinema" screens three undistributed, non-dissident works from the People's Republic. Tonight, a father teaches his son the importance of rural mail delivery in Postmen in the Mountains (Huo Jianqi, 1998) 7 p.m.
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