Commentary by Gregg Rickman (email@example.com). 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) 464-5980, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25 save as noted. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Divan (Pearl Gluck, U.S./Hungary, 2003). See Ongoing for review 7, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 20-26): A new print of Federico Fellini's hugely popular exposé of the decadent rich, La Dolce Vita (Italy, 1959). Call for times.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Aug. 18): Two Algerians struggle in Paris in Salut Cousin! (Merzak Allouache, France, 1996) 6 p.m.
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992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
THURSDAY (Aug. 19): K8 Hardy's video/live-action performance piece Beautiful Radiating Energy, on sexual stereotypes 8 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Aug. 20-21): JUNK, a festival of DIY queer underground cinema "for all the queers that never fit in." Films include Katy NoBangs' Grayscale, Ryan Junell's Ghost Boobs, Joshua "Peaches Christ" Grannell's A Nightmare on Castro Street, and Amanda Laws' A Tale of Two Plushies. For more info, see www.malaqueerche.com/junkfilms. $6 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: An Ingmar Bergman series opens with his portrait of an old man dying, Wild Strawberries (Sweden, 1957) 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.
SATURDAY: Bergman's The Virgin Spring (1960; 1:20, 5:15, 9 p.m.), which in its cruelty and mysticism anticipates Lars von Trier, and the oft-quoted, oft-parodied, never topped The Seventh Seal (1958; 3:10, 7 p.m.), with Max von Sydow as the knight who plays chess with Death.
SUNDAY: Bergman's much-loved comedy Smiles of a Summer's Night (1955) put a smile on the face of his dourest fans 2, 4:30, 7, 9:10 p.m.
MONDAY: Von Sydow is enigmatic as The Magician (Bergman, 1958) in a little-revived film 2, 4:30, 7, 9:20 p.m.
TUESDAY: Mom and daughter play emotional chopsticks in Autumn Sonata (Bergman, 1978), with Liv Ullmann and Ingrid Bergman (no relation) 2, 4:30, 7, 9:10 p.m.
3601 Lyon (at Marina), 563-7337, www.exploratorium.edu. Free with museum admission of $12. A "Tinkering!" film series continues. Screenings are in the center's McBean Theater, through the front doors and on the left.
SUNDAY (Aug. 22): A program of cameraless animation includes Norman McLaren's Fiddle-Dee-Dee (Canada, 1947) and Len Lye's Free Radicals (U.K., 1953) 2 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.
DAILY (Closed Mondays): Niki Caro's empowering tweener flick Whale Rider (New Zealand, 2003) screens through Sept. 5 8:15, 10 p.m.
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3488, www.hkinsf.com/4star/. This enterprising theater hosts occasional special screenings and, through Aug. 23, its eighth annual Asian Film Festival. (Note: Some screenings are projected video.) $8 for AFF shows save as noted.
WEDNESDAY: The Asian Film Festival continues here with a movie about a carjacking going wrong, Drive (Sabu, Japan) noon. Six shorts by Korea's top filmmakers, "If You Were Me"2:30 p.m. Adultery goes awry in Men Suddenly in Black (Pang, Hong Kong) 4:50 p.m. Japan won World War II and that's just the beginning of the alternative future of 2009 Lost Memories (Lee, Korea) 7 p.m. An old samurai teaches kids to fight and die in Azumi (Kitamura, Japan) 9:45 p.m.
THURSDAY: AFF -- Three major stars play the three powerful The Soong Sisters (Cheung, Hong Kong, 1997) noon. A lost girl returns home after 10 years in Antenna (Kumakiri, Japan) 2:55 p.m. Coming of age with Conduct Zero (Cho, Korea) 5:25 p.m. Filmmaker Fan Ho in person with the adult drama Szechuan Concubine (Taiwan, 1994) 7:25 p.m. A demented granny creates A Living Hell (Shugo, Japan) /i>9:45 p.m.
FRIDAY: AFF -- HBO wants its concept back as three single women experience Sex and the Beauties (Jing, Hong Kong) noon.The Soong Sisters2:10 p.m.2009 Lost Memories5 p.m."If You Were Me"7:40 p.m.Zombies take the field in Battlefield Baseball (Yamiguchi, Japan) 9:45 p.m.
SATURDAY: AFF -- An evil twin takes the place of a good doctor in Gemini (Shinya, Japan) noon. Before there was Disney's cartoon there was a 1964 Hong Kong film about the same historical figure, the unbeatable Lady General Hua-Mulan (Yue Feng) 1:50 p.m.Sex and the Beauties3:50 p.m.2009 Lost Memories5:55 p.m. A restored print of the classic One-Armed Swordsman (Chang Che, Hong Kong, 1967) 8:20 p.m.A Living Hell10:30 p.m.