WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Get your Breakfast at Tiffany's (Blake Edwards, 1961) "Starts at dusk."
STARTS MONDAY: The full, 179-minute version of Fiddler on the Roof (Norman Jewison, 1971), screens through April 29 "Starts at dusk."
530 Bush (at Grant), 978-2787. The place to go for German cultural events. $5 donation.
TUESDAY (March 20): A retrospective of the films of Helmut Käutner screens Romance in a Minor Key (Germany, 1942), a blackmail-themed melodrama from a story by Guy de Maupassant. As this series screens, Käutner's Nazi-era films show their superiority to his compatriot Detlef Sierck's (who as Douglas Sirk had a whole second career in Hollywood) 7 p.m.
ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA
425 Washington (at Battery), Suite 200, 788-7142, www.sfiic.org. The Istituto Italiano di Cultura promotes Italian language and culture in Northern California with occasional film screenings. Free.
TUESDAY (March 27): The Institute is "Gearing Up for the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival" with a series of films featuring actor Kim Rossi Stuart. Tonight, part one of his 200-minute Uno blanca (Michele Soavi, Italy, 2001), a crime melodrama based on the exploits of policemen moonlighting as gangsters 6:30 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.75.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Follow monks Into Great Silence (Philip Gröning, Germany, 2006) 4:30, 8 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and 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. This cultural asset of long standing offers regular Friday screenings on projected video with salon-style discussions to follow. $10.
WEDNESDAY (March 21): San Francisco Film Society's monthly social screening series the SF360 Film Club offers a "Trapped in the Closet Sing-Along," a "tribute to the artistic canon of R. Kelly" including early videos, a pre-recorded "live" interview, and 12 chapters of his epic Trapped in the Closet (Kelly and Jim Swaffield, 2005). No word about bathroom breaks 7:30 p.m.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 267-4893 and www.landmarktheatres.com 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: SFIAAFF A rotoscoped fairy tale, Year of the Fish (Kaplan) 7 p.m. New Year Baby (Poeuv, Cambodia/U.S.) 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: SFIAAFF "Throwing Away the Maps" (shorts) 7 p.m.
PALACE OF FINE ARTS
3301 Lyon (at Bay), 567-6642 and www.palaceoffinearts.org/events.html for venue; www.asianamericanfilmfestival.org for the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF).
THURSDAY (March 22): It's Closing Night for the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (although it continues in Berkeley and San Jose for a while). The program includes Chinese opera director Chen Shi-zeng's film debut, Dark Matter, with Gala to follow. $45 7 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $8.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Clive Owen lives out a lullaby (the one about the cradle in the tree) in Children of Men (Alfonso CuarÓn, U.K., 2006) 7, 9:20 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4:20 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Itinerant street musicians from Mexico strum Romantico (Mark Becker, 2005) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.
ROXIE FILM CENTER
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College.
STARTS FRIDAY: Oil be sorry! Crude Impact (James Jandak Wood, 2006). See Opening for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 2, 4:30 p.m. Call for other films and times.
SATURDAY: New College's Cine Del Barrio program of independent Latin American film screens films by New College instructor Adrian Carrasco Zanini, including Monimbo es Nicaragua (1981; 11:30 a.m. ) and Women in the Nicaraguan Revolution (1980; 12:30 p.m. ). Free.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Koret Visitor Education Center (unless otherwise noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org. Screenings are free with museum admission of $12.50 save as noted.
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.
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings. 18 plus only. $9.
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