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RED VIC

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

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Peter Sollett's seriocomic romance Raising Victor Vargas (2003) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Ang's eye on the green guy produced a misfiring makeover in The Hulk (Ang Lee, 2003) 7, 9:50 p.m.; also Sat 2 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: Before Winged Migration there was the lovely and insect-o-centric Microcosmos (Claude Nuridsany/Marie Perennou, France, 1996) 7:30, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2 p.m.

TUESDAY: An excellent film about life among church-dwelling predators, Kestrel's Eye (Mikael Kristersson, Sweden, 1999) -- it's about birds, brethren 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

ROXIE

3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.

WEDNESDAY: 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 2, 6:20, 10 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) 4, 8 p.m.

THURSDAY: The local sex shop Good Vibrations sponsors G Marks the Spot, a how-to video about the search for the mysterious Graffenberg spot. Cast and crew in person. $8 8, 10 p.m.

FRIDAY: An R.W. Fassbinder series returns with the compassionate Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1973) 6, 8, 10 p.m.

SATURDAY: Fassbinder reviews the history of postwar Germany in The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978) via his muse, Hanna Schygulla 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: Fassbinder's allies eat his soul in Fox and His Friends (1974) 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Fassbinder's breakthrough to proletarian melodrama, The Merchant of Four Seasons (1971) 6, 8, 10 p.m.

TUESDAY: Hanna Schygulla shines and suffers in Fassbinder's faithful literary adaptation of a German classic, Effi Briest (1974) 7, 9:30 p.m.

SHATTUCK

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: "September 11" (2003). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 19-25): Jeanne Moreau is Marguerite Duras in Josée Dayan's Cet Amour-là (France, 2001). See Opening for review. Call for times.

SOMARTS GALLERY

934 Brannan (at Eighth Street), 552-FILM and www.filmarts.org for this special screening. Free.

FRIDAY (Sept. 19): The 14th annual Straight Out of Film Arts screening offers films produced in FAF classes over the past year. Barbecue 7 p.m. Films 8:30 p.m.

SPANGENBERG THEATRE

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.

WEDNESDAY (Sept. 17): Jacques Perrin's Winged Migration (France, 2002). See Ongoing for review 7 p.m.

THURSDAY (Sept. 18): 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.

VICTORIA THEATRE

2691 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576 for venue, 553-8135 and www.cineaccion.com for information and advance tickets. This venerable old house hosts the 11th San Francisco Latino Film Festival. $7 save as noted.

WEDNESDAY (Sept. 17): The festival's Opening Night film, Vivir Mata (Living Kills, Nicolás Echevarría, Mexico, 2002) 7 p.m. A horror program includes two shorts and the 1931 Universal Pictures Spanish-language version of Dracula (George Medford) -- preferred by some aficionados to the Bela Lugosi version 9 p.m.

THURSDAY (Sept. 18): A "Youth Festival Program" 10 a.m., 1 p.m. A youth basketball program is Runnin' at Midnight (Toledo, U.S.) 3 p.m. A "Political Shorts" program 5 p.m. A tribute to Founding Visionaries Ralph Maradiaga and Joe Camacho screens Incident at Downieville and El Pachuco 7 p.m. Pasaporte Rojo (Red Passport, Xavier, U.S./Dominican Republic) 9 p.m.

FRIDAY (Sept. 19): The "Youth Festival Program" repeats 10 a.m., 1 p.m. A staged reading of The Andalusian Marvel 3 p.m. A "Narrative Shorts" program includes the potty-training memoir What Really Happened During the Cuban Missile Crisis 5 p.m. Hunting of Man (Menendez, U.S.) 7 p.m. A shorts collection, "From Aztlan, With Love" 9 p.m.

SATURDAY (Sept. 20): A labor-themed program screens a documentary about day laborers, Los Jornaleros (Bishop, U.S.) 11:30 a.m. "Our African Legacy" (documentaries) 2 p.m. "A Call to Memory" marks the 30th anniversary of the Chilean coup and includes short films, live music, and art. $10 4 p.m. Something in the Air (Raton, Brazil) 7 p.m. "Queer Temple Voices," a Latino GLBT program 9 p.m.

SUNDAY (Sept. 21): "Latino Canadian Program" noon. "Afro-Latino Spirits Program" 2 p.m. Speeder Kills (Mendiola, U.S.) 4 p.m. Rosa La China (Sarmiento, Cuba) 6 p.m. Closing Night: The Original Latin Kings of Comedy 8:30 p.m.

YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

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

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. 17): Jack Bibbo's documentary Full Circle (2003) tells of a man who has traveled America and now lives in a yurt in the woods, where Bibbo's film was edited (using solar energy). $7 7:30 p.m.

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