85 West Portal (at Santa Clara), 661-2539 for venue; www.sfworldfilmfestival.com for program and tickets. This multiplex, part of the CineArts chain, hosts several S.F. World Film Festival (SWIFT) programs this week. See Showtimes for regular programming. $12 save as noted.
FRIDAY (Sept. 30): George Lucas' student film THX 1138 EB (1970), later expanded into his first feature. $5 6 p.m. Jeff Buckley: Amazing Grace (Adams and Trombley) 6:30 p.m. I Know I'm Not Alone (Franti) plus live music 8 p.m. Tudu Azul (Acevedo, Brazil) 9:15 p.m. A Burning Man documentary, Dust Devils (Blake and Glynn, Ireland), followed by live music 10:45 p.m.
SATURDAY (Oct. 1): A yoga class, and more Dust Devils noon. Peter Falk is Checking Out (Hare) 1:20 p.m. When Do We Eat? (Litvak) 3 p.m. Ocean Odyssey (Gilman), and live music 5 p.m. Goodbye Hello (Heidelberger, Bulgaria) 7 p.m. Timbuktoubab (James, Mali) 9 p.m. Put the Needle on the Record (Rem) 10:45 p.m.
SUNDAY (Oct. 2): I Know I'm Not Alone plus Turmoil (Muse, Venezuela) noon. Jeff Buckley: Amazing Grace 2 p.m. 60 Spins Around the Sun (Kightlinger) 3:30 p.m. Hillary Swank in Red Dust (Hooper, South Africa), followed by an awards ceremony with party to follow. $12 for film, $25 for film, ceremony, and party 7:30 p.m.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com or www.8tales.com for this series. "Eight Tales," a weekend midnight movie series, continues. For additional Clay screenings, see our Showtimes page. $8.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Sept. 30-Oct. 1): A new, English-language print of the anime classic Akira (Katsuhiro Otomo, Japan, 1988). On Saturday, live entertainment includes "Punt the Pikachu" and "Hot Pill Popping" (but isn't that true every night?) midnight.
DELANCEY SCREENING ROOM
600 Embarcadero (at Brannan), 957-9800 for venue; www.sfworldfilmfestival.com for program and tickets. This small private theater, part of the Delancey Street Foundation, hosts several S.F. World Film Festival (SWIFT) screenings this week. $10 save as noted.
THURSDAY (Sept. 29): SWIFT opens with two half-hour documentaries, San Francisco's Broken Promise (Lancaster) and Freaks Like Me 5 p.m.
FRIDAY (Sept. 30): Argentina: Hope in Hard Times (Young) 6 p.m. Mission Movie (Swensen) 7:30 p.m. Mardi Gras: Made in China (Redmon) 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (Oct. 1): The Drugging of Our Children (Null) 5 p.m. Apartment 202 (Chinn) 6:45 p.m. Counting the Days (San Lorenzo) 8:30 p.m. Word, Sound and Power (Stein, 1980) 10:30 p.m.
Promenade Level, 1 Embarcadero Center (at Brannan), 267-4893 for venue; www.sfworldfilmfestival.com for program and tickets. This Landmark Theatres multiplex hosts the opening night of the S.F. World Film Festival (SWIFT). See Showtimes for regular programming.
THURSDAY (Sept. 29): Danny Lee's Rock Fresh documents graffiti artists, with opening night gala to follow 7 p.m. Film $10, film and party $25.
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.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: In the Mood for Love (Hong Kong, 2000), the (superior) predecessor to Wong Kar-Wai's current film of dreamy love, 2046 "Starts at dusk."
STARTS TUESDAY: Federico Fellini's impressionist portrait of his Roma (Italy, 1972) screens through Oct. 31. "Starts at dusk."
530 Bush (at Grant), 978-2787. The place to go for German cultural events. $5.
FRIDAY (Sept. 30): The Goethe's monthly "Happy Hour" offers snacks at 5 p.m., followed by a live multimedia performance by Torsten Kretchzmar 6 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: Call theater for program.
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: Dear Wendy (Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark, 2005) 4:45, 7:15, 9:35 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 30-Oct. 6): MirrorMask (Dave McKean, U.K., 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times.
MAIN POST THEATRE
99 Moraga (at Montgomery), The Presidio, www.presidio.gov for venue; 561-5500 and www.sffs.org for this event. The 66-year-old Main Post Theatre hosts an occasional outdoor movie event. BYO picnic basket, blankets, and lawn chairs. Free.
SATURDAY (Oct. 1): Aliens insist on broadcasting a message of world peace at the fourth annual "Film in the Fog" event, screening The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), the late Robert Wise's science-fiction classic. Festivities with live music and a costume contest (for best dressed robot) begin at 5 p.m., screening at 7 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for (required) reservations. $7. This cultural asset of long standing continues its fall film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (Sept. 30): Half-century-old teenagers still raise hell in Nicholas Ray's widescreen classic Rebel Without a Cause (1955) 6:30 p.m.
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