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FRIDAY: Winners and runners-up from UCB's Eisner Awards competition for best student films and videos include the winners Jonas (film by Richard Parkin) and La Continuidad de los Cables (video by Camilo Salazar Prince) 7 p.m.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: In a film eerily anticipating the fate of the Democratic Party in the 21st century, a donkey is mistreated by cruel humanity in a new print of Robert Bresson's Au Hasard Balthazar (France, 1966) Sat 7 p.m.; Sun 7:25 p.m. 96-year-old Manoel de Oliveira bids adieu to cruel humanity in his allegory of the 21st century A Talking Picture (Portugal, 2003) Sat 8:50 p.m.; Sun 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY: A "Buddhism and Film" series, offering lectures by Robert Sharif and screenings of relevant pictures, presents Words of My Perfect Teacher (Lesley Ann Patten, Canada, 2003) 3 p.m.

TUESDAY: The PFA is closed -- and will remain so through May 29.


1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, $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.

SATURDAY (May 7): Good Vibrations welcomes National Masturbation Month with a screening of Orgasm! The Faces of Ecstasy (Emerita Joani Blank, 1981). Filmmaker and friends in person. $8 5 p.m.

TUESDAY (May 10): P.J. Soles likes her Ramones in Rock 'n' Roll High School (Allan Arkush, 1979), screening as a benefit for the American Federation of Teachers. Hey teachers -- they blow up the school! $7 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, $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 & THURSDAY: Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Alex Gibney, 2005) 6:30, 8:50 p.m. Don't Move (Sergio Castellitto, Italy, 2004) 6:50, 9:15 p.m. The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (Judy Irving, 2004) 6:15 p.m. Downfall (Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany, 2004) 8:15 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.

SUNDAY (May 8): John Korty in person with his affecting and effective documentary Who Are the DeBolts? And Where Did They Get 19 Kids? (1977), about a family made up of war orphans and the handicapped. Ask him what he thinks of Palindromes 4 p.m.


1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $7 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY: Wong Kar-Wai's second feature, Days of Being Wild (Hong Kong, 1991), a prequel of much of what is to come 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

STARTS THURSDAY: This year's "Academy Award Nominated Shorts" includes the live-action winner Wasp (Andrea Arnold, U.K.) and the animation winner Ryan (Chris Landreth, Canada). Program screens through May 12; see Opening for review 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sat, Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.; Wed 2 p.m.


3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Hal Hartley's latest, The Girl From Monday (2005) 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 p.m. Fear meets Freud in The Century of the Self (Alan Curtis, U.K., 2004). Parts 1 & 2 ($8) 6:30 p.m. Parts 3 & 4 ($4) 8:40 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: The fourth San Francisco Sex Worker Arts Festival screens films and videos at this venue. Contact Scarlot Harlot, festival director, at 751-1659 or for more info.

STARTS SUNDAY: Call theater for program.


Koret Visitor Education Center, 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, Screenings are free with museum admission of $10.

DAILY (closed Wednesday): In conjunction with "John Szarkowski," John Szarkowski: A Life in Photography (Richard B. Woodward and Sandra McLeod, 1998) Thurs 4 & 7:30 p.m.; Fri, Mon, Tues 4 p.m.; Sat & Sun 3 p.m. Gary Hill: Transcending the Senses (2001) Thurs, Fri, Mon, Tues 2:30 p.m.; Sat & Sun 1 p.m. A 15-minute film, Artist at Work: Robert Bechtle (Spark, 2005), also screens throughout the day.


Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, A weekly video program screens on Thursdays. Free.

THURSDAY (May 5): Four French folks sing in the filmed stage musical Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Denis Heroux, France, 1975) noon.


Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, This refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.

WEDNESDAY: The Bay Area Adventure Film Festival 7:30 p.m.

STARTS THURSDAY: Call theater for program.


701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, $7 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.

WEDNESDAY (May 4): GreenCine presents Piece by Piece (Nic Hill, 2004), about San Francisco graffiti. $8 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY (May 5): Restored prints of 1950s 8mm camp melodramas by George and Mike Kuchar, including A Town Called Tempest, The Thief and the Stripper, and Born of the Wind 7, 9 p.m.

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