Commentary by Gregg Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Aug. 13): Marcel Pagnol's comedy Le Schpountz (1938), with Fernandel 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Aug. 16): Le Schpountz 2 p.m.
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992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org for most programs, www.othercinema.com for Saturday evening programs. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
FRIDAY (Aug. 15): An evening of experimental films, the "No Video Show," screens 16mm movies by George Kuchar, Dominic Angerame, and others, including Michelle Silva's Anthrax Island (2002), filmed in NYC post-9/11 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Aug. 16): F.W. Murnau's "symphony of shudders," Nosferatu (Germany, 1922), screens with a live original score by the Zag Men 8 p.m.
3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, www.peacheschrist.com for this series. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings (see Showtimes for listings), a "Midnight Mass" every Saturday this summer, hosted by Peaches Christ. $8.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The history of the band They Might Be Giants is recorded in Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) (A.J. Schnack, 2003); see Ongoing for review 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: A weeklong series of Luis Buñuel's sardonic late ventures into French cinema begins with The Phantom of Liberty (1974), a series of sly skits calling reason and propriety into question 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Like Kevin Smith's Dogma, Buñuel's The Milky Way (1969) is a slapstick road movie pinned on obscure points of Catholic theology 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: Jeanne Moreau glows sullenly as the eponymous author of Diary of a Chambermaid (1967), a cool act of bourgeoise-baiting 7, 9:30 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.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Jean Cocteau's lovely adaptation of Beauty and the Beast (France, 1946) 8:30, 10:30 p.m.
STARTS TUESDAY: Pedro Almodóvar's All About My Mother (Spain, 1999) 8:15, 10 p.m.
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3488, www.hkinsf.com/4star/. This innovative theater screens second-run movies and, through Aug. 28, its seventh annual Asian Film Festival. (Note: Some films are projected video.) $6 regular admission, $8 for AFF screenings.
WEDNESDAY: The Asian Film Festival presents The Marigolds (Taiwan, 1980), starring the young Brigitte Lin 12:30 p.m. A warm family comedy, 25 Kids and One Dad (Wang Hong, China, 2002) 2:45 p.m. What's With Love? (Rudi Soedjarwo, Indonesia, 2002) 4:50 p.m. "Crazed, greasy and cranky hitmen" populate Killer Tattoo (Yuthlert Sippapak, Thailand, 2001) 7:15 p.m. A samurai comedy, Vengeance for Sale (Kihachi Okamoto, Japan, 2001) 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: AFF -- The historical epic Burning of the Imperial Palace (Li Hanhsiang, Hong Kong, 1983) 12:30 p.m. Hanhsiang's sequel, Reign Behind the Curtain (1983) 2:40 p.m. Sammi Cheng stars in the Lunar New Year comedy Love for All Seasons (Johnny To, H.K., 2003) 4:50 p.m. Seijun Suzuki's bizarre shoot-'em-up Pistol Opera (Japan, 2001), a third-of-a-century-later sequel to his cult hit Branded to Kill 7 p.m.Killer Tattoo 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY: AFF -- Zhang Yuan's I Love You (China, 2002), photographed by Christopher Doyle noon. Vengeance for Sale 2:05 p.m. What's With Love? 4 p.m. Evans Chan's digital indie The Map of Sex and Love (H.K., 2001) charts both gay and straight 6:20 p.m. King Hu's martial arts classic Touch of Zen (Taiwan, 1969) 9:05 p.m.
SATURDAY: AFF -- A star-crossed romance, Kwam Rian -- Legend of Love (Suthakorn Santithawat, Thailand, 2001) 12:05 p.m. The life of a legendary criminal of the 1950s, Dang Bailey's and Young Gangsters (Nonzee Nimibutr, Thailand, 1997) 3:15 p.m. A revival of the Bruce Lee classic Fists of Fury (Lo Wei, H.K., 1971) 5:40 p.m. Sorrow of Brooke Steppe (Saifu Mailisi, China, 1997) 7:50 p.m. Samo Hung stars in Flying Dragon, Leaping Tiger (Allen Lan, H.K., 2002) 9:35 p.m.
SUNDAY: AFF -- An American pilot (Paul Kersey) is smuggled through Japanese-occupied China in the wartime drama Love's Grief Over Yellow River (Feng Xiaoning, China, 1999) 12:30 p.m. Kwam Rian 2:40 p.m. Le Hoang's Golden Key (Vietnam, 2001) presents Vietnamese life during the American bombings of 1972 5:40 p.m. High temperatures test survival skills on Whispering Sand (Nan Achnas, Indonesia, 2001) 7:40 p.m. The life of a Cold War Double Agent (Kim Hyun-Jeong, Korea, 2003) 9:45 p.m.