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ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE 345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $6 donation.
THURSDAY (March 22): Roy Dupuis stars as a famed Quebequois hockey star, Maurice Richard (The Rocket, Canada, 2005), with the Canadian Consulate General and the Délégation du Québec providing free, bilingual pre-screening hors d'oeuvres 7 p.m.
AMC VAN NESS THEATRES
1000 Van Ness (at O'Farrell), (800) 231-3307 for venue; www.asianamericanfilmfestival.org for the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF), here this week. $10 save as noted for festival screenings.
WEDNESDAY: SFIAFF The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival continues here with Love for Share (Dinata, Indonesia) 6:45 p.m. Kabul Transit (Edwards, Zulfacar, Whitmore) 7 p.m. "How To Be Good" (shorts) 7 p.m. Action master Johnnie To's Exiled (Hong Kong) 9:15 p.m. Oh, Saigon (Hoang) 9:15 p.m. Ghosts (Broomfield, U.K.) 9:30 p.m. Tie a Yellow Ribbon (Dietrich) 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: SFIAFF And Thereafter II (Lee, Korea/U.S.) 6:45 p.m. It's Only Talk (Hiroki, Japan) 7:15 p.m. TBA 7:30 p.m.
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.
FRIDAY (March 23): "Cinematastic," a program of locally-made short films, includes Lev's Tales of Mere Existence and Kenneth Lo's Rice Balla Chronicles. $6 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (March 24): Other Cinema Paul Chan's Charged in the Name of Terror looks at artists and others under suspicion and screens with short subjects on anti-war, pro-freedom themes. $7 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: Bertolt Brecht's "Ballad of Sexual Dependency," as acted out by the cast of Hee-Haw: Black Snake Moan (Craig Brewer, 2006) noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7:10, 9:25 p.m. On the Balboa's second screen, a double feature of Breach (Roger Michell, U.K., 2006; 1, 4:55, 8:50 p.m. ) and Music and Lyrics (Marc Lawrence, 2007; 3:05, 7 p.m. ).
STARTS FRIDAY: The Namesake (Mira Nair, 2007). Call for times and other films.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120 and www.thecastrotheatre.com for regular programs, www.asianamericanfilmfestival.org for the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF), here this week. $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.
THURSDAY: Antonioni's breakthrough to international fame, L'avventura (Italy, 1960). Again, the plot: Wandering Monica Vitti wonders what it's all about 7 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 23-29): Boy Culture (Q. Allan Brocka, 2006). See Opening for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 1, 3. 5 p.m.
285 Ninth St. (at Folsom), www.cerritospeakeasy.com. This recently restored second-run theater, a sister theater to Oakland's Parkway, features "Cerrito Classics," a different revival every weekend. $5.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (March 24 & 25): Billy Wilder's still affecting urban dramedy The Apartment (1960). "Shut up and deal!" Sat 6 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (March 23 & 24): Scooter Libby finally turns on Karl Rove as the Late Night Picture Show screens Cannibal Holocaust (Ruggerio Deodato, Italy, 1980), an adults only screening that's really about documentary filmmakers being eaten 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. $5.
SUNDAY (March 25): Dark Room's weekly "Bad Movie Night" continues a 3-D series with Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (Robert Rodriguez, 2003), with all three dimensions of Sylvester Stallone as "the Toymaker." "Glasses will be provided. Refunds will not" 8 p.m.
TUESDAY (Feb. 27): The Heads Up Collective's "Televising the Revolution" series offers Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask (Isaac Julien, France/U.K., 1996), a biography of the anti-colonial theorist. Free, donations welcome as a benefit for the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement 8 p.m.
THURSDAY (March 22): A monthly Open Screening of new Bay Area short films; alas, poor filmmakers, your deadline to apply was March 19. But you can put in now for next month 7 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.
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