Commentary by Gregg Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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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ACT I & II
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: &Aagrave; Tout de Suite (Benoît Jacquot, France, 2004) 7:15, 9:40 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (June 24-30): 5x2 (François Ozon, France, 2004); see Opening for review. Call for times.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (June 22): A married man's affair with a young woman is the remarkably innovative subject matter of Philippe Harel's La femme défendue (France, 1997) 6 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
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 (June 23): A program of "Shorts From Prague." $3 7:30 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts. See our Showtimes page for additional listings.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: A "Human/Nature" series opens with Whale Rider (Niki Caro, New Zealand, 2002; 3, 7 p.m.) and Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg, Australia, 1971; 1, 5, 9 p.m.), both with young girls taking nature on.
SUNDAY: Animated forest gods duel in Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, 1997; noon, 4:35, 9:05 p.m.), and a mighty lizard stomps in the uncut original Godzilla (Ishiro Honda, Japan, 1954; 2:35, 7:10 p.m.).
MONDAY: Humanity and nature are friends in Baraka (Ron Fricke, 1992; 2:30, 7 p.m.), while Buddhist monks wonder Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (Yong-Kyun Bae, Korea, 1989; noon, 4:25, 8:55 p.m.).
TUESDAY: Two lightly fictionalized documentaries about tribal struggles to survive by the makers of King Kong, Ernest Schoedsack and Merian Cooper, Grass (1925; 2:05, 5, 7:55 p.m.) and Chang (1927; 12:40, 3:55, 6:30, 9:25 p.m.).
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.castrotheatresf.com and $8 for regular screenings save as noted; www.frameline.org and $9, $7 till 5 p.m., for Frameline29 screenings this week save as noted. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY: Frameline29, the 29th San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, continues with Original Pride (Bloom) 11:30 a.m. Same Sex America (Corra and Rule) 1:30 p.m. Gay Sex in the '70s (Lovett) 3:45 p.m. Formula 17 (Chen, Taiwan) 6 p.m. Wilby Wonderful (MacIvor, Canada) 8:15 p.m. Kiki & Herb on the Rocks (Nicholls, U.K.) 10:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Frameline29 -- "My Hustler" (shorts) 11 a.m. Zona Rosa (Castle, USA/Mexico) 1:30 p.m. Heroes and Gay Nazis and short by Rosa von Praunheim (Germany) /i>3:30 p.m. Take a Deep Breath (Marinkovic, Serbia) 6 p.m. TransGeneration (Simmons) 8 p.m. That Man: Peter Berlin (Tuskinski) 10 p.m.
FRIDAY: Frameline29 -- Healing Sex (Rednour) 11 a.m. Race You to the Bottom (Brown) 2 p.m. Rugger Buggers (Thiele) 4:30 p.m. Sévigné (Balletbò-Coll, Spain) 6:30 p.m. The Journey (Pullappally, India) 8:45 p.m. Trannyshack (Mullens) 11 p.m.
SATURDAY: Frameline29 -- The animated Charlotte's Web (Nichols and Takamoto, 1973) teaches us tolerance and as such may expected to be banned in schools anytime now 11 a.m. ENDING AIDS (Jersey and Schwarz) 1:30 p.m. A certain cable show is parodied in The D Word (Dabis, Brower, and Burkle) 3:30 p.m. Tammy Faye: Death Defying (McKim) 6:30 p.m. eXposed (Doré) 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Frameline29 -- "Fun in Girls' Shorts" noon. "Fun in Boys' Shorts" 2:15 p.m. Unconscious (Oristrell, Spain) 4:30 p.m. The closing-night film is Transamerica (Tucker). Film only $20, film and party to follow $60 7:30 p.m.
MONDAY: The Castro resumes regular programming with two days of Elizabeth Taylor vehicles, beginning with John Huston's gay-themed Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967; 7 p.m.), with Marlon Brando, and X, Y and Zee (Brian G. Hutton, 1972; 9 p.m.), with Michael Caine.
THURSDAY (June 23): El Rio's "Tema," a "Weekly World Music Dance Party," includes outdoor film screenings 8 p.m.
TUESDAY (June 28): The Heads Up Collective screens the immigration drama Alambrista (Robert Young, 1977), with an invocation to "wear mittens." Call for admission 7 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.
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