Repertory Film Listings

THURSDAY: The opening-night program of the 24th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival screens Americanese (Eric Byler, 2006) 7 p.m. Reception to follow at the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St. 9:30 p.m. Film $35, film and reception $55, reception $25.

FRIDAY: The SFIAAFF screens Citizen Dog (Sasanatieng, Thailand) 7 p.m. Rules of Dating (Han, Korea) 9:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: SFIAAFF -- "Confessions of Longing" (shorts) 7:15 p.m. A James Shigeta tribute screens Sam Fuller's lurid L.A. cop drama The Crimson Kimono (1960). It's not racism, it's "normal healthy jealous hate"! 3 p.m. Dreaming Lhasa (Sarin and Sonam, India/U.K.) 6:30 p.m. Parineeta (Sarkar, India) 9:15 p.m.

SUNDAY: SFIAAFF -- James Shigeta plays a World War II-era Japanese diplomat who marries Southern belle Carroll Baker in Bridge to the Sun (Etienne Perier, France, 1961) noon. Letter From an Unknown Woman (Xu, China) 3 p.m. The festival's Centerpiece presentation is Deepa Mehta's Water (India). $15 6 p.m. Café Lumiere (Hou, Japan) 9 p.m.

MONDAY: Douglas Sirk's Magnificent Obsession (1954) is the notion that drunken playboy Rock Hudson would become a doctor to cure the woman (Jane Wyman) he's blinded 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15 p.m.

TUESDAY: Kirk Douglas is an architect, Kim Novak is his lover, in the underrated melodrama Strangers When We Meet (Richard Quine, 1960), notable for its then-novel suburban setting 7, 9:30 p.m.

FOREIGN CINEMA

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: Life's out of balance but the Philip Glass music isn't in the city symphony Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Reggio, 1982), screening through March 26. "Starts at dusk."

JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF SAN FRANCISCO

Kanbar Hall, 3200 California (at Presidio), 292-1200 and www.jccsf.org for venue. This popular center offers a wide range of programs, many of them film-oriented. Free.

TUESDAY (March 21): "FreudFest," marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of the founder of psychoanalysis, is commemorated here by "Cinema on the Couch," a four-film retrospective. Tonight, G.W. Pabst's Secrets of a Soul (Germany, 1926), with Dr. Caligari himself (Werner Krauss) being cured of his "knife phobia" in the first film to positively employ analysis as a plot device. Introduction and post-film discussion led by UCB professor Anne Nesbet. Free; must call 292-1233 for reservations for this program 7 p.m.

LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER

3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568, www.lapena.org. This cafe for activists offers occasional film screenings.

WEDNESDAY (March 15): The S.F. Latino Film Festival presents Habana, Havana (Alberto Arvelo, Venezuela/Cuba, 2004), about the lives of two Cubans. $6 7 p.m.

LARK

549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater mixes new and repertory programming. $9 save as noted.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Go for Zucker! (Dani Levy, Germany, 2005) 6:30 p.m. Crash<</i> (Paul Haggis, 2005) 8:30 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.

LUMIERE

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.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 17-23): Summer Storm (Marco Kreuzpaintner, Germany, 2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.

MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY

57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail rsvp@milibrary.org for reservations. $7. This cultural asset of long standing continues a spring film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.

FRIDAY (March 17): Michael Fox hosts the "CinemaLit" spring season. A musical series offers a relatively short (130-minute) Bollywood musical, Bombay (Mani Ratnam, 1995) 6:30 p.m.

OPERA PLAZA

601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Before the Fall (Dennis Gansel, Germany, 2004) 2:15, 4:45, 7, 9:15 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.

PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE

2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124 and www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for venue; 865-1588 and www.asianamericanfilmfestival.org for information on the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, here this week. $8, second show $2 for regular programs; $10 for SFIAAFF programs. 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 UCB film history class open to the public and taught by Russell Merritt screens Elia Kazan's melodrama East of Eden (1955), with James Dean in domestic agony 3 p.m. A program of domestic video includes Jordan Birren's My Mother's Family (1997) and My Mother's House (2006), plus Jennifer Reeder's A Room With the Walls Blasted to Shreds and Falling (2001) 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: "Real Live -- Space," film and video from UCB students, includes Samurai Surfers (Sachi Cunningham) and I Wish I Could See This Way (Jae Jung) 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: The 24th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival opens here with Xu Jinglei's remake of the 1948 Max Ophuls melodrama Letter From an Unknown Woman (China, 2004) 7 p.m. Linda Linda Linda (Yamashita, Japan) 9 p.m.

SATURDAY: SFIAAFF -- Memories in the Mist (Dasgupta, India) 4:30 p.m. Punching at the Sun (Chopra) 7 p.m. Citizen Dog (Sasanatieng, Thailand) 9:15 p.m.

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