530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760, www.goethe.de/uk/saf/enindex.htm. The place to go for German cultural events. $5.
TUESDAY (Sept. 14): A series of the Holocaust-themed films of producer Arthur Brauner screens A Love in Germany (Andrzej Wajda, Germany, 1983), retelling an affair between a German woman and a Polish slave laborer during the war 7:30 p.m.
ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA
425 Washington (at Battery), Suite 200, 788-7142, www.sfiic.org. The Istituto Italiano di Cultura promotes Italian language and culture in Northern California with occasional film screenings. Free.
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568, www.lapena.org. This cafe for activists offers occasional film and video screenings.
THURSDAY (Sept. 9): The late, great Katy Jurado is paid tribute to with a screening of Beautiful Secret (Leopoldo Laborde, Mexico, 2002), starring Jurado in her final role as an elderly writer who'd known everyone who was everyone in her era's art circles. $8 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (Sept. 11): Patricio Guzman's three-hour tribute to the Allende government, The Battle of Chile (Venezuela/Cuba, 1975), on the 31st anniversary of its fall. The Pinochet Affair author Roger Burbach introduces the film. Voluntary donation 7:30 p.m.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111. This single-screen art deco theater has reopened with a policy mixing new and repertory programming. $8 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Imagining Argentina (Christopher Hampton, U.K./Argentina, 2004). See Ongoing for review Wed 4:30, 7 p.m.; Thurs 4:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Jagmohan Mundhra's Sandstorm (India, 2001). See Opening for review. Call for times.
3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Popular holdover programs from the "big" Roxie two doors down.
DAILY: Orwell Rolls in His Grave (Robert Kane Pappas, 2004) 6, 9:45 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2 p.m. Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (Robert Greenwald, 2004) 8 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 4:15 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex offers a midnight movie series, "The Filth," with just the film on Fridays and audience participation events on Saturdays. $8. For other Lumiere programs, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Vincent Gallo as Elmer Fudd, seeking the wascally wabbit they call The Brown Bunny (Gallo, 2004). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 10-16): Eloy de la Iglesia's Bulgarian Lovers (Spain, 2003). See Opening for review. Call for times.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): Blood-crazed zombies take London in 28 Days Later (Danny Boyle, U.K., 2003).
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. $7. This cultural asset of long standing continues its fall film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
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: "Performance Anxiety," a series on video performance art, screens Linda Montano's Mitchell's Death (1978) and more recent films on loss by Donigan Cumming, Joe Gibbons, and others 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A man watches his mother die of cancer in Pialat's The Mouth Agape (France, 1974; 7:30 p.m.), while Gérard Depardieu plays a burned-out cop tracking a drug ring in Police (France, 1985; 9:15 p.m.).
SATURDAY: Teens in a mining town drift in Pialat's Graduate First (France, 1979) 7 p.m. Tentatively scheduled, "French Chronicles" screens with others of Pialat's early short films. No titles. Call (510) 642-1412 to confirm 8:45 p.m.
SUNDAY: A six-hour film made for French television, The House in the Woods (1971) is about a couple who take in children during World War I. Screens with dinner break. $10 3 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
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.
THURSDAY: "Tim Goodman's Fall TV Preview" features the S.F. Chronicle columnist plus radio celebs from KFOG treating us to glimpses of the "hot new shows." Free 6:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: The Parkway's sixth annual Film Noir Fest runs through Sept. 30 with a series of rotating programs. This weekend, Michael Curtiz's Angels With Dirty Faces (1938), an excellent gangster film featuring one of James Cagney's best performances as a good bad man. It's not a noir, though! Fri 6:30 p.m.; Sat & Sun 6 p.m.
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