Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, www.spangenbergtheatre.com. This Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series of recent international movies on a large 30-foot screen. $5.
WEDNESDAY: Once We Grow Up (Renaud Cohen, France, 2000), a dramedy about a thirtysomething in love with his neighbor's pregnant wife 3 p.m. A boy finds a kidnap victim in I'm Not Scared (Gabriele Salvatores, Italy, 2003) 5:15 p.m. A girl runs away in Squint Your Eyes (Andrezj Jakimowski, Poland, 2002) 7:40 p.m.
FRIDAY: Wilbur 1:45 p.m. A challenging romance, Love Me If You Dare (Yann Samuell, France, 2003) 4 p.m.
SUNDAY: Squint Your Eyes 1 p.m. Love Me If You Dare 3 p.m. A 1930s romance, Gloomy Sunday (Rolf Schübel, Germany, 1999) 5 p.m. Once We Grow Up 7:30 p.m.
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.
SATURDAY (Jan. 1): The 2004 edition of Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation has been held over through January. That's just sick! $9 7:30, 9:30 p.m., midnight.
TUESDAY (Jan. 4): A monthly "Human Rights Watch Bay Area Film Series" continues with a screening of Goodbye Hungaria (Jon Nealon, U.S./Hungary, 2003), the love story of a Palestinian refugee in a Hungarian camp and an American volunteer. $8 7:30 p.m.
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