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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142 THROCKMORTON THEATRE
WEDNESDAY (Sept. 28): The ninth International Latino Film Festival screens José Sánchez-Montes' documentary about Lithuanian Jew, Spanish partisan, and Auschwitz survivor Luis Frank, Remembrance (Marcela Arteaga, Mexico, 2003). See www.latinofilmfestival.org. for more. Reception and film, $40 6 p.m.
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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 30-Oct. 6): MirrorMask (Dave McKean, U.K., 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): She wore Blue Velvet (David Lynch, 1986).
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
430 Emerson (at Lytton), Palo Alto, (650) 266-9260, www.landmarktheatres.com. $8 for this midnight series. "Midnight Moovies" continues, with Bunny the Cow hosting a pre-film show with prize giveaways and cartoons/TV programs on Saturdays only. There will be additional screenings Saturday and Sunday "around noon" (call for more info). See our Showtimes page for the Aquarius' regular listings.
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 (Sept. 29): ATA's monthly "Open Screening" of your film epics, with advance submissions recommended. E-mail email@example.com for submission info. $3 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Sept. 30): Live sets by German electro-pop musician Torsten Kretchzmar (you know him from his hits "Dunkelheit" and "Feuchtigkeit") and local multimedia trio Moped, include the former's new DVD in a live multimedia show and "the oddball visuals of video wizard Cripes! in creating an AV feast to shake your booty to" for the latter 9 p.m.
SATURDAY (Oct. 1): An Other Cinema presentation devoted to those who ride the rails and leave their mark behind includes Bill Daniel's Bozo Texino and Vanessa Redwick's Lovejoy, plus a slide show of wet-cement sidewalk engravings, live music, and free hobo stew 8:30 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Touch the Sound (Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany, 2004) 12:40, 2:45, 4:40, 7, 9:05 p.m. Also, a double bill of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (Dai Sijie, China, 2004; 3:10, 7:15 p.m.) and Junebug (Phil Morrison, 2005; 1:10, 5:10, 9:15 p.m.).
2113 Kittredge (near Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 464-5980 and www.landmarktheatres.com for venue; www.aff.org for program and tickets. This Landmark Theatres multiplex hosts the Arab Film Festival this weekend. See Showtimes for regular programming. $10 save as noted.
FRIDAY (Sept. 30): The ninth Arab Film Festival screens here today through Sunday. Iraqi filmmakers film their country after Saddam's fall in The Dreams of Sparrows (Daffar, Iraq) 4 p.m. The Syrian Bride (Riklis, Israel) 7 p.m. Liberace of Baghdad (McAllister, U.K./Iraq) 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (Oct. 1): Minders (McAllister, Iraq) and A Stone's Throw Away (Halvorsen, Palestine) 1 p.m. When Men Cry (Kassari, Morocco) 3 p.m. The Sleeping Child (Kassari, Morocco) 5 p.m. Occupied Minds (Dajani and Michaelis, U.S./Palestine) 7 p.m. Threads (Belabbes, Morocco) 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Oct. 2): Waiting for Quds (Blachor, Israel/Palestine) noon. All About Darfur (Elsanhouri, Sudan/U.K.) 2 p.m. The Concrete Curtain (Brunner, Palestine/U.S.) 4 p.m. Terra Incognita (Salhab, Lebanon) 6 p.m. Clay Dolls (Bouzid, Tunisia) 8:30 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $8 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 & THURSDAY: French cinema has never been cooler than in this double bill of new prints of Jean-Luc Godard's Masculine-Feminine (1966; 7 p.m.; also Wed 3 p.m.) and Band of Outsiders (1964; 9 p.m.; also Wed 1, 5 p.m.).
SATURDAY: James Dean is Nick Ray's Rebel Without a Cause (1955), one of Godard's favorites 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
NINTH STREET INDEPENDENT FILM CENTER
FRIDAY (Sept. 30): S.F. Cinematheque offers "One Day This May No Longer Exist," a program on the theme of impermanence featuring Mauricio Ancalmo's installation comparing the 16mm projector to such obsolete devices as the sewing machine, Alex Mackenzie's live sound/archival footage mix Parallax, and Jeanne Liotta's live performance Summer Solstice 8 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: Video collages by Bay Area artist Tony Labat include his experimental narratives Lost in the Translation (1984) and Talk Show (1992). Artist in person 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A free "Salon With Jos de Putter" 1:30 p.m. "Along the Silk Road," a series of Central Asian films, concludes with The Adopted Son (Aktan Abdikalikov, Kyrgyzstan, 1998), detailing a boy's identity crisis 7:30 p.m. Andrei Konchalovsky's debut, The First Teacher (Kyrgyzstan, 1966), contrasts old and new after the Revolution 9:10 p.m.
SATURDAY: A series of films by husband-and-wife Soviet filmmakers Elem Klimov and Larissa Shepitko continues with Klimov's early comedies Welcome (No Trespassing) (1964; 7 p.m.), a satire set in a Young Pioneer camp, and Adventures of a Dentist (1965; 8:45 p.m.).
SUNDAY: Three by Dutch documentarian Jos de Putter, Solo, Law of the Favela (1994), about Brazilian slum response to the World Cup, and Brooklyn Stories (2002), about the city's loss of the Dodgers 4 p.m. It's Been a Lovely Day (1993) spends a year at de Putter's parents' farm 6:10 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: Two programs of home movies by acclaimed filmmaker Derek Jarman commence with Imagining October (1984), a record of his trip to the U.S.S.R., and Waiting for Waiting for Godot (1983) 7:30 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $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.
THURSDAY (Sept. 29): A "Reel Cult Freakout" screening of the detention classic The Breakfast Club (1985), accompanied by trivia, prizes, and other back-to-school fun. $6 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
RAFAEL FILM CENTER
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org. $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: Touch the Sound (Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany, 2004) 4:45, 7, 9:20 p.m. The inexorable March of the Penguins (Luc Jacquet, France, 2005) 4:30, 6:30, 8:30 p.m. Balzac and the Little Chinese Princess (Dai Sijie, China, 2004) 4:15, 6:45 p.m. El Crimen Perfecto (Alex de la Iglesia, Spain, 2002) 9:05 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: MirrorMask (Dave McKean, U.K., 2005); see Opening for review. Call for times and other films.
99 Museum (off Roosevelt), 554-9600 and www.randallmuseum.org for venue; 864-2026 and www.chaseartfilm.com for information on this program. This museum's Cine/Club offers free screenings of classic films, followed by discussion, geared to teens, parents, mentors, and "friends of art and film."
FRIDAY (Sept. 30): Two teen boys try to cope when their long-absent dad makes The Return (Andrei Zvyagintsev, Russia, 2003). Doors open for refreshments 6:30 p.m. Film 7 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $7 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Zombie king George Romero returns us to the Land of the Dead (2005) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Microcosmos microcinematographers Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou return with their latest, Genesis (France, 2004), on the origin of life 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m.
1290 Sutter (at Van Ness), 673-5716 and www.regencycentersf.com for location; 398-2333 and www.horizonsfoundation.org for this program. This longtime film theater now houses a ballroom for special events. Tickets start at $125.
SATURDAY (Oct. 1): The 25th anniversary gala for Horizons Foundation, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community foundation, includes the world premiere of Citizen Film's Reaching New Horizons (2005), a history of the organization. Doors open 6 p.m. Anniversary program 8:30 p.m.
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $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.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): Richard Tuttle: Never Not an Artist (Chris Maybach, 2005) Thurs 1, 7 p.m.; Fri 1 p.m.; Mon & Tues 2:30 p.m. A feature-length look at Paul Strand: Under the Dark Cloth (John Walker, 1990) Thurs-Sun 3 p.m.; Mon & Tues 4 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY
Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, http://sfpl.lib.ca.us/. A weekly video program screens on Thursdays and occasional other days. Free.
WEDNESDAY (Sept. 28): San Francisco's American Institute of Architects offers an "Architecture and the City" series, screening Lustron -- The House America's Been Waiting For (Ed Moore, Bill Kubota, and Bill Ferehawk, 2002), about the rise and fall of an inventor who planned to mass-produce 100 all-steel houses a day. We could use him now! 6 p.m.
THURSDAY (Sept. 29): A series of A-bomb-related cinema presents Stanley Kubrick's penultimate truth, Dr. Strangelove (1964) noon.
SATURDAY (Oct. 1): "Queer Youth Speak: In and Out of the Library" offers the premiere of a youth video response to the Hormel Center's "Out at the Library" exhibition and a panel discussion on the topic 2 p.m.
Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, www.spangenbergtheatre.com. This refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored and newly expanded neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Most of MGM's top stars enjoy Dinner at Eight (George Cukor, 1933; 7:30 p.m.), screening with Cukor's proto-Star Is Born, What Price Hollywood (1932; 5:50, 9:30 p.m.), with Constance Bennett discovering the answer.
SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: The beloved gangster/transvestite comedy Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:35 p.m.) screens with the charming comedy of ambition It Should Happen to You (Cukor, 1954; 5:50, 9:45 p.m.), with Judy Holliday and Jack Lemmon (in his debut).
SUNDAY (Oct. 2): The "Tease-O-Rama 2005 Legends Night," hosted by Will "The Thrill" and Monica "The Tiki Goddess" Cortes-Viharo from the Parkway, includes "Legend Discussion" (panel discussion with burlesque legends) 6:30 p.m. The Suicide Girls: The First Tour (2005) documents the "sexy fun" of their live tour. It screens with an SG in-person appearance, Antonio Marsico's Camp Burlesque, a short comedy about a training camp for future legends, plus vintage burlesque films and home movies 8 p.m.
SUNDAY (Oct. 2): A closing-day screening of Door to the Sun (Youry Nassrallah, Egypt, 2004), a four-hour epic depiction of the lives of Palestinian exiles. Screens with intermission and Q&A after the screening 12:30 p.m.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
WEDNESDAY (Sept. 28): "The Mission Was a Woman" presents a program of films by "Latina filmmakers who have called the Mission District home." $7 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Oct. 2): S.F. Cinematheque presents Britta Sjogren's In This Short Life (2004), an experimental narrative feature intertwining four lives of daily struggle. Filmmaker in person 7:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (Oct. 4): Pork and Milk<</i>/b> (Valerie Mrejen, U.S./Israel, 2005) documents ultra-Orthodox Israelis who suddenly stop practicing 7:30 p.m.
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