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.
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.
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF SAN FRANCISCO
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.
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.
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 email@example.com for reservations. $7. This cultural asset of long standing continues a spring film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
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.
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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