THURSDAY: Fassbinder's excellent and little-screened Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven (1975), a film with something to offend both left and right 7, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Sept. 12-17): The World According to Shorts Festival offers two programs daily. Program 1 screens films on themes of love from Germany, Belgium, and Austria, plus Katja Pratschke's Transposed Bodies (Germany), on her two fathers 6:20, 10 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2 p.m. Program 2 includes films on nature and boxing from Brazil, Estonia, and Switzerland. A businessman's deal with witches comes undone in Guy-Désiré Yaméogo's The Pact (Burkina Faso) 8 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 4 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: The Hollywood satire New Suit (François Velle, 2003). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 12-18): "September 11" (2003). See Opening for review. Call for times.
Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, www.spangenbergtheatre.com. This recently refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.
THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Jacques Perrin's Winged Migration (France, 2002). See Ongoing for review Thurs 7, 9 p.m.; Fri & Sat 5 p.m.; Sun 12:30 p.m.; Mon & Tues 7 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Alan Rudolph explores The Secret Lives of Dentists (2003), a marital drama enlivened by Denis Leary's choppers. See Ongoing for review 7, 9 p.m.
2691 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.
SATURDAY (Sept. 13): Local independent filmmaker Yael Braha screens her 35mm short The Waves (2003), "a poetic social commentary." A benefit for postproduction and distribution accepts sliding-scale donations ($10 at the door). Live music by Rosin Coven 8 p.m., film 9 p.m.
DAILY (Closed Mondays): Continuous screenings of "Looking Is Better Than Feeling You," a loop of videos by women, through Oct. 5 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
WEDNESDAY (Sept. 10): The Latino Film Festival presents Silvia Prieto (Martin Rejtman, 1999), a comedy about a woman who begins sharing the life of her namesake. $8 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Sept. 12): "Appetite for Destruction," a three-Friday series devoted to motorized daredevils, begins with Jesse Moss' digital video Speedo (2003), about a demolition-derby champeen. $6 7:30 p.m.