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.
DAILY (Closed Mondays): Jewish refugees from Germany find themselves Nowhere in Africa (Caroline Link, Germany, 2001), screening through Sept. 4. "Starts at dusk."
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3488, www.hkinsf.com; www.sfaff.com for the San Francisco Asian Film Festival. $8.50, $9 for the SFAFF save as noted. This enterprising theater hosts occasional special screenings. For its regular schedule, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY: The San Francisco Asian Film Festival continues with Devil Hunters (Fat, Hong Kong) 12:30 p.m. Crazy N' the City (Yuen, H.K.) 2:45 p.m. R-Point (Gong, Korea) 5:10 p.m. Arahan (Ryu, Korea) 7:25 p.m. R-Point 9:45 p.m.
THURSDAY: Satin Steel (Leung, H.K.) 12:30 p.m. Requittal (Chu, H.K.) 2:45 p.m. Crazy N' the City 5:10 p.m. Marebito (Shimizu, Japan) 7:30 p.m. A Snake of June (Tsukamoto, Japan) 9:30 p.m.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater mixes new and repertory programming. $8.
STARTS FRIDAY: The animated Valiant (Gary Chapman, U.K., 2004). See Opening for review Fri 3, 4:30, 6, 8 p.m.; Sat & Sun 1, 3, 4:30, 6 p.m.; also Sat 8 p.m.; Mon & Tues 4, 5:30, 7 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: 9 Songs (Michael Winterbottom, U.K., 2004). Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 19-25): A revival screening of Elevator to the Gallows (Louis Malle, France, 1958). Call for times.
SATURDAY (Aug. 20): An evening of occupationally themed short films includes Charlie Chaplin as The Fireman (Chaplin, 1916), Buster Keaton as The Blacksmith (Keaton and Mal St. Clair, 1922), Laurel & Hardy in Sailors, Beware! (Fred Guiol, 1927), and a Mack Sennett comedy with Oliver Hardy as a millionaire film producer, Crazy to Act (Earle Rodney, 1927) 7:30 p.m.
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: A spy series continues with William Cameron Menzies' The Whip Hand (1951), about a reporter's discovery of a town controlled by Communists in rural Wisconsin 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A Louis Malle series continues with Human, Too Human (France, 1972), a documentary record of the Citro&emul;n auto plant 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A series on French cinema during the Occupation screens La Nuit fantastique (Marcel L'Herbier, 1941; 7:30 p.m.), a comedy about the inner life of dreamer Fernand Gravey, and Douce (Claude Autant-Lara, 1943; 9:20 p.m.), with Odette Joyeux as a stifled young rich girl.
SATURDAY: Jacques Becker's highly regarded satire about an eccentric country family, Goupi Mains Rouges (1942; 7 p.m.) screens with Henri-Georges Clouzot's harsh look at provincial life, Le Corbeau (1944; 9:10 p.m.).
SUNDAY: Bertrand Tavernier's absorbing look at French filmmaking during the Occupation, Safe Conduct (2002; 3 p.m.), is followed by a surprise second feature.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: "Eyeing Nature," a series of documentaries on humanity's impact on the ecology, continues with James Benning's "moving landscape painting" 13 Lakes (2004) 7:30 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5; www.bbitl.net and $8 a program for the Oakland Black, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Film Festival, screening here this week. 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 (Aug. 18): The Oakland Black, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Film Festival begins here today. Tonight, A Knock Out (Boerman and Reiziger, Netherlands), about boxing champ Michele Aboro 6:30 p.m. A thriller about a Louisiana hate crime, Strange Fruit (Schickner) 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY (Aug. 20): Oakland Black GLBT Film Festival -- Shorts, all ages welcome, including Did I Just Look at Her? (Hughes) 3 p.m.
SUNDAY (Aug. 21): Oakland Black GLBT Film Festival -- A dramatic feature, Black Aura on the Angel (Trimel) 3 p.m. Madame Sata (Ainouz, Brazil) 6 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
2340 Chestnut (between Divisadero and Scott), 776-2988 for venue, www.sfaff.com and 776-2388 for the San Francisco Asian Film Festival. $9 save as noted. For the Presidio's regular schedule, see our Showtimes page.
FRIDAY: The San Francisco Asian Film Festival screens here this weekend. Today, Dragon Town Story (Yang, China) 12:30 p.m. The classic supernatural comedy A Chinese Ghost Story (Ching, Hong Kong, 1987) 2:45 p.m. One Night in Mongkok (Yee, H.K.) 5:10 p.m. Arahan (Ryu, Korea) 7:20 p.m. Natural City (Min, Korea) 9:45 p.m.
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