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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2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM, www.landmarktheatres.com. $6. This duplex offers a 10-week midnight movie series (plus "drawings for valuable and coveted prizes"). For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.
SATURDAY (Nov. 15): Henry Selick's timely The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) midnight.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 12): Helena Bonham-Carter has a crush on Jean-Pierre Brialy while her boyfriend lusts after Romaine Boringer and ... well, you know, it's French -- Martine Dugowson's Portrait chinois (1997) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Nov. 15): Portrait chinois 2 p.m.
1881 Post (at Fillmore), 931-9800; (925) 866-9599 and http://trilogyticketing.com/sfiff/ for advance tickets to this event. This just-off-Geary multiplex is the site of the annual New Italian Cinema festival. $10 save as noted. (For the rest of the Kabuki fare, see our Showtimes page.)
SUNDAY (Nov. 16): The Opening Night film is Pupi Avati's Incantato (2003) 7:30 p.m.
MONDAY (Nov. 17): A tribute to filmmaker Francesca Archibugi screens The Tree of Pears (1998; 7 p.m.) and Tomorrow (2000; 9:30 p.m.). Separate admission.
TUESDAY (Nov. 18): Bell'Amico (d'Ascanio) 7 p.m.North Cape (Luglio) 9:30 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
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.
THURSDAY (Nov. 13): Mikhal Kalatzov's delirious I Am Cuba (U.S.S.R./Cuba, 1964) applies dazzling technique to the bad old days before the Revolution 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Nov. 14): Two by Michael Bedar, EcoParque, about a sustainable community in Tijuana, and Bailagua Fronteriza (Dance of the Border Water), on U.S.-Mexico environmental relations 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Nov. 15): A "mostly musical multi-media program" includes Vicki Bennett's "smash and grab visual collage" People Like Us, with Bennett in person, plus an Anne McGuire-Johnny Cash duet, William S. Burroughs narrating a heroin tale illustrated by clips of Jimmy Stewart (Bryan Konefsky's Junky), and more 8:30 p.m.
AUCTIONS BY THE BAY
1414 Walnut (at Vine), Berkeley, (510) 848-0237 for venue, www.latinofilmfestival.org for information on this program. The Latino Film Festival continues its annual event here and at other venues around the Bay Area this week. $5.
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
1111 Eighth St. (at Irwin), 703-9500, www.ccarts.edu. $7.
SUNDAY (Nov. 16): "Digital artist" Eric Saks (Hey! I have 10 fingers! Am I a digital artist too?) lectures on "viral culture" (achoo) and screens his public service announcements Tobacco Geezers, SARS Bikes, and the violence-against-women-inducing Punch a Spice Girl 7:30 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com, $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.
THURSDAY: Theater closed.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: A series of the postwar films of Japan's Yasujiro Ozu opens with his two uncontested masterpieces, Late Spring (1949; noon, 4:45, 9:35 p.m.), about a daughter's marriage, and Tokyo Story (1953; 2:10, 7 p.m.), about two neglected parents.
SUNDAY: More warm family dramas guided by Ozu's firm hand and lucid filmmaking, Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (1952; 4:45, 9:40 p.m.) and Early Summer (1951; 2:10, 7:05 p.m.).
MONDAY: Ozu's first postwar films Record of a Tenement Gentleman (1947; 7:30 p.m.) and A Hen in the Wind (1948; 9 p.m.) show a director coming to terms with the Pacific War's effects at home.
TUESDAY: The salaryman's losing battle against loss continues in Ozu's Early Spring (1956; 7 p.m.), while Tokyo Twilight (1957; 9:45 p.m.) is an unusually harsh melodrama.
DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
Guzman Hall (second floor), 50 Acacia (between Olive and Magnolia), San Rafael, 454-4039 and www.dominican.edu for venue, www.latinofilmfestival.org for the Latino Film Festival, screening here this week. $5.
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 12): Roderigo Paris' rare music documentary We Are the Music (Cuba, 1964) 7:30 p.m.
145 Ninth St. (between Mission and Howard), 552-8760, www.filmarts.org/rsvp for this program. $25.
THURSDAY (Nov. 13): A "Writers and Directors Series" offers local novelist and screenwriter Barry Gifford, a David Lynch collaborator on Wild at Heart and Lost Highway, and most recently scenarist for Matt Dillon's City of Ghosts 7 p.m.
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