ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA
425 Washington (at Battery), Suite 200; 788-7142 and www.sfiic.org. The Istituto Italiano di Cultura promotes Italian language and culture in Northern California. This week, it co-sponsors a two-week festival of Contemporary Italian Art and Cinema here and at UC Berkeley (see separate entry). All entries are subtitled in English. For more info on CIAC, see www.ciacfest.org. Free.
FRIDAY (April 2): An Opening Presentation with CIAC Director Gianfranco Giagni 7 p.m. A program of three recent short films from Italian women, including Daniele Basilio's The Hands on the Face (2003) 7:30 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 2-8): Games People Play: New York (James Ronald Whitney, 2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing screens films on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (April 2): UCB professor Gavri Moses introduces Roberto Rossellini's Resistance melodrama Open City (1945), shot amid the rubble of Rome and quite shockingly realistic to contemporary audiences 6:30 p.m.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. 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: Jafar Panahi's Crimson Gold (Talaye sorkh, 2003). See Ongoing for review 7, 9:15 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $8, second show $2. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC Berkeley's Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
WEDNESDAY: A UCB film class open to the public screens Hal Ashby's's droll political comedy Being There (1979) -- the last good work of both Ashby and Peter Sellers 3 p.m. UCB Art Practice professor Anne Walsh screens her videos about human communication: Two Men Making Gun Sounds (1996), The Parrot Suite (2001), and a séance with dead artists, Art After Death (Walsh and Chris Kubik, 2004) 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A Charles Burnett series opens with a free screening of a children's film about slavery made for the Disney Channel, Nightjohn (1996). Repeats Saturday 5:30 p.m. Burnett's landmark indie drama My Brother's Wedding (1983) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A tribute to Marlon Riggs on the 10th anniversary of his death screens his documentary about gay black men, Tongues Untied (1989), plus two shorts 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Nightjohn. Free 3 p.m. A program of Charles Burnett shorts, including Several Friends (1969), The Horse (1973), and When It Rains (1995) 7 p.m. Danny Glover stars in the domestic drama To Sleep With Anger (1990) 8:10 p.m.
SUNDAY: German filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff in person with his political drama The Legend of Rita (Germany, 2000) 5:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: Daniel Eisenberg's Something More Than Night (2003), an urban symphony filmed after the sun goes down 7:30 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $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.
SUNDAY (April 4): "Shorts Program 1" from the hi/lo film festival offers Bush for Peace (Sarah Christman and Jen Simmons), Tom Hits His Head (Tom Putnam), and Jonny Gillette's Wes Anderson-influenced The Champagne Society. $6; www.hilofilmfestival.com for more info on the fest 6 p.m.
TUESDAY (April 6): A locally filmed indie about an innocent banker (now there's an oxymoron), The Room (2004), written, produced, directed by, and starring Tommy Wiseau 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, www.cafilm.org. $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: György Pálfi's Hukkle (Hungary, 2002) 6:45, 8:30 p.m. Touching the Void (Kevin MacDonald, U.K., 2003) 7, 9:05 p.m. The Tracker (Rolf de Heer, Australia, 2002) 6:30 p.m. The Dreamers (Bernardo Bertolucci, France, 2003) 8:45 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
THURSDAY: Two separate film series start this evening, combined into one premiere -- Ron Mann's Go Further (2003), which follows Woody Harrelson on a hemp-fueled bus down the Pacific Coast 7 p.m. It's the inaugural film in both the new series "Undiscovered Gems," a selection from indieWIRE's list of the Top 20 Undistributed Films of 2003, and the second annual Marin Environmental Film Festival "on sustainable living, biodiversity, food issues and environmental solutions," screening here tonight, Saturday, and Sunday. After the movie, an Opening Night Reception features films, music by the Hot Buttered Rum String Band, organic cuisine, and panel discussions. $25 8:30 p.m. Call theater for further programming.
STARTS FRIDAY: The Return (Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia, 2003); see Opening for review. Hukkle and Touching the Void continue. Call for times.
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