WEDNESDAY: The third Oakland Film Festival screens here through Sept. 22. The Opening Night program is a presentation of shorts, "Straight Out of Oakland" 7 p.m.
THURSDAY: "Enter the World Of," short documentaries about unusual hobbies 6 p.m. "Thrills, Spills and Chills" (shorts) 9 p.m.
FRIDAY: Looking Toward Home (Kruzic) and shorts 6 p.m. "Love and Happiness" (shorts) 9 p.m.
SATURDAY: "Faces of War" (shorts) 5 p.m. Justice (Almonar and Shulman) 8 p.m.
SUNDAY: "Life by the Water" (shorts) 6 p.m. Senegalese filmmaker Mansour Sora Wade's Ndeysaan 9 p.m.
MONDAY: "Sex, Lies and Videotape" (shorts) 6 p.m. The Dress (Thiago, Brazil) 9 p.m.
TUESDAY: "Stories of Survival" (shorts) 6 p.m. Local filmmaker Unsu Lee's Happy, Even After 9 p.m.
INTERSECTION FOR THE ARTS
446 Valencia (between 15th and 16th streets), 626-3311, www.theintersection.org. This art space offers a film screening this week. $9-15 sliding scale.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY (Sept. 16-18): Filmmaker Pierre Hébert and composer Bob Ostertag combine for a live "sampled sound" performance of Endangered Species (2004), "a new work about disappearance, panic, witness and humor." Program repeats next week 8 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.
TUESDAY (Sept. 21): The July 31 death of actress Laura Betti is marked by a screening of her documentary about director Pier Paolo Pasolini, Pier Paolo Pasolini e la ragione di un sogno (1968) 6:30 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: The Door in the Floor (Christopher Hampton, U.K./Argentina, 2004). See Ongoing for review 6:15, 8:40 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for film and 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.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
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: Eloy de la Iglesia's Bulgarian Lovers (Spain, 2003). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
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.
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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 17-23): Pen-ek Ratanaruang's Last Life in the Universe (Thailand, 2003). See Opening for review. Call for times.
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.
FRIDAY: "Neo-Eiga," a series of new Japanese films, opens with My House (Junji Sakamoto, 2002), about a 7-year-old cared for by her gangster brother and prostitute sister 7 p.m. Street kids open a Peep "TV" Show (Yutaka Tsuchiya, 2003) 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: "Neo-Eiga" -- A free lecture on "Japanese Cinema Now" 3:30 p.m. A family mourns in the "joyful" Shara (Naomi Kawase, 2003) 5 p.m. Slackers kill time in Ramblers (Nobuhiro Yamashima, 2003) 7 p.m. Poet and prostitute love in Akame 48 Waterfalls (Genjiro Arato, 2003) 8:50 p.m.
SUNDAY: "Neo-Eiga" -- A documentary about the cultivation of Red Persimmons (Shinsuke Ogawa, Peng Xiaolian, 2001) 2 p.m. An elderly woman is haunted by memories of Hiroshima and a missing daughter in Women in the Mirror (Kiju Yoshida, 2002) 4 p.m. An improvised comedy à la Mike Leigh, A Woman's Work (Kentaro Otani, 2002) 7 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com. $5. This beautifully restored picture palace's ongoing "Movie Classics Series" regularly includes a feature plus a newsreel, cartoon, previews, and a few spins of the Dec-O-Win prize wheel.
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