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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $6 donation.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. $5 save as noted.
SATURDAY (Nov. 4): Alan Bishop, Mark Gergis and Other Cinema present two entries from the "Sublime Frequencies" catalogue, collages of musical and ethnographic material gathered on Sumatra, Sumatran Folk Cinema and Hisham Mayet's Morocco: Musical Brotherhoods from the Trans-Saharan Highway. Filmmakers in person 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Departed (Martin Scorsese, 2006) 1:15, 4:30, 8 p.m. In Theater 2, The Science of Sleep (Michel Gondry, 2006) 12:50, 5:05, 9:20 p.m. and Hollywoodland (Allen Coulter, 2006) 2:45, 7 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120 and www.thecastrotheatre.com. $10 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: A would-be transsexual and narcoleptic yearns to lose the 20 Centimeters (RamÓn Salazar, Spain, 2005) that keeps him from being a her. While dozing, she dreams 7, 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: The Anna Cabrini Chronicles (2006), with director Tawd b. Dorenfeld in person 8:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: It's Opening Night for the 10th International Latino Film Festival, screening an autobiographical look at Spain, 1960, Un franco, 14 pesetas (Carlos Iglesias, Spain, 2006) 7 p.m. The east side of L.A.'s a closet that needs escape in East Side Story (Carlos Portugal, 2006, USA, 88 min.) 9:45 p.m.
SATURDAY: Latino Film Festival To love a soccer star Loving Maradona (Vzquez, Argentina/New Zealand) noon To the Other Side (Loza, Mexico) 2 p.m. A Wonderful World (Estrada, Mexico) 4 p.m. The great director Humberto Sols' latest, Barrio Cuba 7 p.m. The Uncertain Guest (Morales, Spain) 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Latino Film Festival The Girl in the Stone (Sistach, Mexico) noon Jews in Space (Lichtman, Argentina) 2:45 p.m. My Best Enemy (Bowen, Chile) 5:15 p.m. From the director of Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, Bruno Barreto's Romeo and Juliet Get Married (Brazil) 8 p.m.
TUESDAY: Cynical Billy Wilder's appropriate viewing for this Election Day: A cola executive sells Coke to the Commies in One, Two, Three (1961; 2:45, 7 p.m. ) while a journalist cons the world in Ace in the Hole (1951; 4:50, 9:05 p.m. ).
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Nov. 3-4): Dead by dawn Sam Raimi's Evil Dead 2 (1987) midnight.
DARK ROOM THEATRE
2263 Mission (between 18th and 19th "between the pawn shop and the laundromat"), 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com. Live cabaret, plus regular film screenings with audience cat-calling encouraged.
SUNDAY (Nov. 5): Dark Room's weekly "Bad Movie Night" opens a month of films signed by the pseudonymous Alan Smithee, the Director's Guild nom de plume used by filmmakers disowning their credit. Tonight, what else but Burn Hollywood Burn: An Alan Smithee Film (1997), an industry satire penned by Joe Eszterhas on his way out of the industry, shot and then disowned by veteran Arthur Hiller. It really is pretty bad. $5 8 p.m.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600), www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35 mm, 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 is or is not a Cabaret (1972), in Bob Fosse's Weimar musical "Starts at dusk."
530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760 and www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/en1587184.htm for information on this program. The place to go for German cultural events. Suggested donation $5.
TUESDAY (Nov. 7): A series of "Sound Film Classics" on DVD screens the now rarely screened, lost classic The Congress Dances (Erik Charell, Germany, 1931), a musical romance set at the Congress of Vienna of 1815 7:30 p.m.
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF SAN FRANCISCO
3200 California (at Presidio), 292-1200, www.jccsf.org. This popular center offers a wide range of programs, many of them film-oriented.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810 and www.landmarktheatres.com for regular screenings, www.aifisf for the American Indian Film Festival. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.50 for regular programs, admission varies for the American Indian Film Festival.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Tideland (Terry Gilliam, U.K., 2006) 5:15, 8:15 p.m.
FRIDAY: The 31st Annual American Indian Film Festival screens here through next Wednesday. The Opening Night film is The Velvet Devil (Larry J. Bauman, Canada, 2005), about a popular singer's return home in 1945. $10 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: American Indian Film Festival A day-long program of short and hour-long films, including Hanta Po All of You Out of My Way (Bancroft). $5 11 a.m. A double-bill of Finding Dawn (Welch) and Unnatural and Accidental (Bessai). $8 7 p.m.
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