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Commentary by Gregg Rickman ( 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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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.

WEDNESDAY (May 7): She ain't playing "Chopsticks" although there's some other chopping going on in The Piano Teacher (Michael Haneke, France, 2001) 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (May 10): The Piano Teacher 2 p.m.


992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, for most programs, for Saturday evening programs. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.

THURSDAY (May 8): Chicago filmmakers Jim Finn and Dean Rank in person with the "Pronoun Schmonoun Showdown," "an evening of films and discussion around gender variance." There's more info at $5-10 sliding scale with no one turned away for lack of funds 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (May 9): "Short Circuits," an evening of shorts inspired by the TV series Connections, including Sharif Nakhleh's Worms, about what folks will do for money 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY (May 10): "Interspecies Communication," a two-woman show by Rebecca Barten and Patricia Resnick, screens the premieres of Barten's Johnson, "a love letter to a horse friend," and Resnick's Nine Is a Secret, plus other nature-loving movies. Also, live mountain music 8:30 p.m.


429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, $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.

DAILY: Jean-Pierre Melville¹s restored, rediscovered thriller Le Cercle Rouge (France, 1970), with Alain Delon, Gian Maria Volonté, and Yves Montand, screening through May 15 2, 5, 8 p.m.


2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 352-0810, "Laugh Riot," an eight-week midnight series of comedies, concludes this week; for more info. For the rest of the Clay's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $5.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY (May 9 & 10): The King of the Elves, the guy with no short-term memory, and the Limey engage in a transvestite/transgender road trip in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Stephan Elliot, Australia, 1994). Closing Night ceremony on Saturday midnight.


2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, 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): Can you hear me? Ken Russell's Tommy (1975) screens through May 25 at 8:15 & 10:15 p.m.


566 Haight (at Steiner), 626-8852. This popular coffee shop in the Lower Haight offers a special screening this week; call for admission price.

WEDNESDAY (May 7): A "Benefit for the Middle East Children's Alliance" screens The Children of Ibdaa, with filmmaker S. Smith Patrick in person and a Q&A after the film with guests from the Dheisheh refugee camp in the West Bank. James Longley's feature documentary Gaza Strip (2002) follows. Program begins at 7 p.m.


510 Larkin (at Turk), 345-9832, This "Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar" offers an "S.F. IndieFest MicroCinema" Monday through Friday (most weeks). Screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free.

WEDNESDAY: A female-to-male transsexual's progress is followed in Sir: Just a Normal Guy (Melanie La Rosa, 2001) 8 p.m.

THURSDAY: The Bay Area premiere of The Widower (Marcus Rogers, 1999), about a man who won't recognize his wife's death 8 p.m.

FRIDAY: Jon Moritsugu's Terminal USA (1993), an uncensored "psychedelic look at a dysfunctional Japanese American family" 8 p.m.

MONDAY: "Silent Monday" screens Charlie Chaplin's beautiful and funny City Lights (1931) 8 p.m.

TUESDAY: Evil mind controllers make heads explode in David Cronenberg's Scanners (Canada, 1981) -- pure science fiction. In real life evil mind controllers run governments 8 p.m.


57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and for information; phone or e-mail for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing offers a May series of the films of Michael Powell. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.

FRIDAY (May 9): Powell's spy thriller The Spy in Black (1939), with ever-sinister Conrad Veidt 6:30 p.m.


Action Theater, Second Floor, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), 369-6098, Sony hosts screenings of popular anime series from Bandai Entertainment this month. Free.

SUNDAY (May 11): The Mobile Fighter G Gundam series, boxed set I to III, screens continuously 11 a.m.-8 p.m.


601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, 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: Damian Pettigrew's documentary portrait Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (France, 2002). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 9-15): Abbas Kiarostami's Ten (Iran, 2002). See Opening for review. Call for times.


2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, $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: "Screening the Body," a program of video dance and live music, with video mixed by Douglas Rosenberg 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: "Heroic Grace," a series of key early Chinese martial arts films, continues with Zhang Che's Vengeance! (Hong Kong, 1970), said to be a Peckinpah-level saga of male honor and violent revenge 7, 9:05 p.m.

FRIDAY: Academics converge for a weekend UC Berkeley conference of scholarly presentations on "trash cinema," Born to Be Bad 2. Screenings include Jacques Tourneur's poetic I Walked With a Zombie (1943; 7:30 p.m.), which is not trash, thank you very much; and Chu Yuan's Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan (Hong Kong, 1972; 9:30 p.m.), detailing an abducted prostitute's violent revenge.

SATURDAY: Born to Be Bad -- Cameron Mitchell sets sail for an island of Kung Fu Cannibals, the alternate title of Raw Force (Edward D. Murphy, 1982) 7:30 p.m.Bethel Buckalew's hillbilly sex comedy Pigkeeper's Daughter (1972). For this you get tenure! 9:20 p.m.

SUNDAY: For Mother's Day, a "Family Classics" series screens Gary Nelson's Freaky Friday (1976), with mom Barbara Harris and daughter Jodie Foster switching bodies for a day. $4.50 2 p.m. Born to Be Bad -- Vincent Price stars in Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965), by Oscar-winning director Norman Taurog (but not for this film) 5 p.m.

MONDAY: Theater closed.

TUESDAY: "The Inquiring Camera," a new series of documentaries, screens Deborah Stratman's In Order Not to Be Here (2002), a portrait of suburban communities shot entirely at night, and other shorts including Diane Bonder's thematically relevant If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home by Now (2001) 7 p.m.


1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, $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 (May 8): "Thrillville" presents William "Matinee" Castle's Homicidal (1961), billed as a "sleazy, grindhouse riff on Psycho, with a pretty young nurse trapped in a house full of creepy wackos." Screens with the original "fright break" and Chapter 7 of the 1940 serial The Shadow. $6 9:15 p.m.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.


1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, $9 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, now officially the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, is operated by the California Film Institute. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.

WEDNESDAY: Rick Goldsmith's documentary about maverick publisher Gilbert Seldes, Tell The Truth and Run (1996), with Goldsmith and other filmmakers in person 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Aki Kaurismäki's The Man Without a Past (Finland, 2002) 6:45, also Thurs 9 p.m. Lars von Trier's Medea (Denmark, 1988) 8:45 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m. Nowhere in Africa (Caroline Link, Germany, 2002) 7:30 p.m.See Ongoing for reviews.

STARTS FRIDAY: Jean-Pierre Melville's thriller Le Cercle Rouge (France, 1970). Medea, The Man Without a Past, and Nowhere in Africa continue. Call for times.


1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Robert De Niro discovers that indeed, yes, someone is talking to him in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976) 7, 9:25 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Surfers go wild off Half Moon Bay in Mavericks (Lili Schad and Grant Washburn, 1998), screening with a short catching us up on surfing action through spring 2003 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: A visionary is profiled in Buckminster Fuller: Thinking Out Loud (Karen Goodman, Kirk Simon, 1995) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m.

TUESDAY: How do you solve a problem like Derrida (Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Kofman, 2002)? How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand? The French deconstructionist butters a muffin and talks to his video image in this uncritical profile 7:15, 9:15 p.m.


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

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Lars von Trier's Medea (Denmark, 1988); see Ongoing for review 6:15, 8, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: The world premiere of Bill Macdonald's Forbidden Photographs (2001), about photographer and anthropologist Charles Gatewood and his snaps of S/M activity here (the Folsom Street Fair), there (Burning Man), and everywhere ("bikers, dungeon players, goths, vampires, and enthusiasts of radical body modification"). And it's all narrated by a behavioral psychologist 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 2, 4 p.m.


800 Chestnut (at Jones), 822-2885, $7 save as noted. The San Francisco Cinematheque specializes in avant-garde, historical, and experimental films at venues around the Bay Area, including the Yerba Buena Center and here, its home base.

SUNDAY (May 11): James Benning in person with his complete "California Trilogy" (1998-2002), consisting of three films, each of them 35 shots of 2 1/2 minutes each, on the Central Valley (El Valley Centro), Los Angeles (Los), and the California wilderness (Sogobi), the latter screening in its local premiere. $10 for all three. El Valley Centro 5 p.m., one-hour break 6:30 p.m. Los followed by Sogobi 7:30 p.m.


2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, $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: Damian Pettigrew's documentary portrait Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (France, 2002). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 9-15): Abbas Kiarostami's Ten (Iran, 2002). See Opening for review. Call for times.


Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, This newly refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.

THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY (May 8-10): Jean Reno and Vincent Cassel investigate a murder most red in Mathieu Kassovitz's The Crimson Rivers (France 2000) Thurs & Sat 7 p.m.; Fri 9 p.m.Tom Tykwer's tale of chance and destiny, Run Lola Run (Germany, 1998) Thurs & Sat 9 p.m.; Fri 7 p.m.


701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, $6 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. Closed Mondays.

DAILY: Continuous-loop screenings of three DVDs, part of the visual arts exhibition "Time After Time: Asia and Our Moment," run through July 13 -- From China, Chinese Utopia and Living Elsewhere, plus Haunted Houses, on Thai soap operas 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

WEDNESDAY (May 7): The Goethe-Institut screens Part 1 of Heinrich Breloer's miniseries The Manns -- Novel of a Century (Germany, 2001), about those battling brothers Thomas and Heinrich Mann, their friends and relations 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY (May 8): The S.F. Cinematheque sponsors "Fresh Eyes," a program of new work by young artists "utilizing often hybridized forms of both cutting-edge and primitive techniques," meaning I guess that they're edited with a sharp flint. Films include Disneywood by Brian Traylor and 3 Ways to Remember Xanadu the Cat aka Sweet Peaby Rivkah Beth Medow. $7 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (May 9): "On Fire," a monthlong series of recent Korean films, screens a double bill of two pictures by Park Ki-hyung, Memento Mori (1999), about the aftereffects of a schoolgirl's suicide, and Secret Tears (2000), about a teen with psychic abilities 7 p.m.

TUESDAY (May 13): The Cinemayaat/Arab Film Festival presents Mohamed Lakhdar-Hamina's three-hour epic of a peasant's life from World War II through the Algerian revolt against France, Chronicle of the Years of Embers (Algeria, 1975). $7 7:30 p.m.

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