PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124 and 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: "I Hear Music," a documentary series, screens Step Across the Border (Nicholas Humbert and Werner Penzel, Switzerland, 1990), a record of guitar genius Fred Frith's global travels 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: "Beyond Bollywood," a series of recent Indian films, screens Kumar Talkies (Pankaj Rishi Kumar, 1999), a documentary about the only film theater in a small town. Free 5:30 p.m. A program of six short documentaries about traditional life in Sicily by little-screened Italian filmmaker Vittorio DeSeta includes Islands of Fire and Peasants of the Sea (both 1955) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A peasant flees across Sicily in DeSeta's Bandits of Orgosolo (Italy, 1961) 7 p.m. A young writer descends into madness in Half a Man (DeSeta, 1965) 9 p.m.
SATURDAY: I Hear Music, in this case that of famed Madagascar band Mahaleo (César Paes and Raymond Rajaonarivelo, France/Madagascar, 2004) 6:30 p.m. A revival screening of Hiroshi Teshigahara's gritty adaptation of Kobo Abe's enigmatic Woman in the Dunes (Japan, 1964) 8:40 p.m.
SUNDAY: A young teacher struggles in DeSeta's docudrama Diary of a Schoolmaster (1971) 3 p.m. I Hear Music Mahaleo 5:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: Three Queens teens improvise their way through high school and this movie in Rockaway (Mark Street, 2005). Filmmaker in person 7:30 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5 save as noted. This friendly neighborhood theater serves beer, pizza, and more with its films. 21 and over.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org. $9.50 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, 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: The Road to Guantanamo (Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross, U.K., 2006) 6:45, 8:50 p.m. Army of Shadows (Jean-Pierre Melville, France, 1969) 7:30 p.m. Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (Dan Ireland, 2005) 6:15 p.m. Water (Deepa Mehta, India, 2005) 8:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Three Times (Hou Hsaio Hsien, Taiwan, 2005). See Opening for review. Also opening here is The War Tapes (Deborah Scranton, 2006) Call theater for other films and times.
SATURDAY: George Lucas' one genuinely well-made, well-written and well-acted film, American Graffiti (1973) screens in conjunction with this city's 24th annual car race. Free 11 a.m.
SUNDAY: The Sundance Institute Art House Project opens a retrospective of its independent films with Allison Anders' good one about a single mom and her two troubled teens, Gas Food Lodging (1992). Filmmaker in person 7 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $8 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Dustin Hoffman finds he's a better man when he's a woman in no, sorry, wrong movie. Thieves fall out in Tsotsi (Gavin Hood, South Africa, 2005) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 2 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 this adventurous affiliate of New College.
THURSDAY: The International Working Class Film & Video Festival screens Five Factories Workers' Control in Venezuela and Where Do You Stand? Stories from an American Mill. $5 7 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): Photographer Shomei Tomatsu is profiled in Nagasaki from a 45 Degree Angle (Nami Jodai, Japan, 2002) 11 a.m. Matisse Picasso (Philippe Kohly, 2002) 2 p.m. An hour-long exposition of The Body as Matrix: Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle 4 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m. In the Phyllis Wattis theater, Drawing Restraint 9 (Barney, 2005). Come dressed as your favorite blob of Vaseline! 2 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.
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