Arthouse Movie Listings October 2-8, 2013

Artists' Television Access. Other Cinema: Optronica: Experimental short films and music. Sat., Oct. 5, 8:30 p.m. $6. othercinema.com. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890, www.atasite.org.

The Castro Theatre. The Wicker Man: Fully restored director's cut of the psychedelically wired pagan/cult horror film from 1973. Oct. 4-5. Intolerance: Newly restored version of this silent 1916 epic from Hollywood pioneer (and notorious racist) D.W. Griffith. Sat., Oct. 5, noon. Nosferatu and Possession: It takes a lot to out-freak Klaus Kinski — especially when he plays a vampire, as in this excellent remake of Nosferatu by Werner Herzog — but Supreme Eurobabe Isabelle Adjani somehow does it in Andrzej Zulawski's Possession, a story of demonic love so deranged that it makes co-star Sam Neill's Omen role as the Antichrist seem tame in comparison. Sun., Oct. 6. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120, www.castrotheatre.com.

Clay Theatre. Blue Jasmine: Woody Allen's latest dramatic comedy, set in San Francisco and starring the inimitable Cate Blanchett. Daily. The Evil Dead: Forget that remake B.S. — this here is the classic 1981 original movie in all its gory glory, including a bumbling young Bruce Campbell, molesting trees, dancing corpses, Deadite decapitations, and the most abused hero in horror film history, all shot in grainy, no-budget RaimiVision™. Oct. 4-5, 11:59 p.m. $9-$10. 2261 Fillmore St., San Francisco, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/Market/SanFrancisco/SanFrancisco_Frameset.htm.

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: The Exorcist: Hosts Jim Fourniadis, Mike Spigelman, and John Hell kick off a month of Satanic cinema with the iconic 1973 movie that made Americans look deep into their hearts and ask: "Why would a demon composed of nothing but Black Babylonian Evil be nicknamed 'Captain Howdy'?" Sun., Oct. 6, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.

Exploratorium. Fog City: Sam Green, the Xplo's Cinema Artist-in-Residence, premieres his lyrical look at San Francisco's most ethereal weather effect, with the director giving live narration while a band provides the soundtrack. Oct. 2-3, 7 & 9 p.m. $10-$15. Pier 15, San Francisco, 528-4444, www.exploratorium.edu.

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Second Annual San Francisco Veterans Film Festival: A Salute to Women: This educational fest uses cinema to highlight issues surrounding American veterans and their families, with a specific focus this year on women in military service. Sat., Oct. 5, noon. facebook.com/sfvff. 2868 Mission, San Francisco, 821-1155, www.missionculturalcenter.org.

Multiple Bay Area Locations. Mill Valley Film Festival: The North Bay's best cinematic event enters its 36th year, with 2013 promising dozens of premiere screenings at venues including the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, CinéArts @ Sequoia, 142 Throckmorton Theater, Century Cinema, and the Lark Theater. Oct. 3-13. mvff.com. San Francisco, N/A.

Nourse Theatre. Christopher Guest: The mockumentary film pioneer, Spinal Tap guitarist, and killer of Inigo Montoya's father discusses his peerless career in conversation with Adam Savage. Tue., Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m. $20-$27. cityarts.net. 275 Hayes St., San Francisco, 563-2463, www.cityarts.net/the-nourse.

Opera Plaza Cinemas. Haute Cuisine: The ragoûts-to-riches story of François Mitterand's private chef, as portrayed by Catherine Frot. Through Oct. 3. Populaire: French tribute to 1950s Hollywood romantic comedies. Daily. Museum Hours: Indie documentary filmmaker Jem Cohen (Fugazi's Instrument, Elliott Smith's Lucky Three) directs this dramatic fictional feature centered around Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Art Museum. Daily. Wadjda: Haifaa Al Mansour, Saudi Arabia's first female filmmaker, tells the affecting story of a feisty young girl, a highly coveted bicycle, and a society that wants to limit what women are allowed to dream. Daily. When Comedy Went to School: Documentary about legendary Jewish comedians from the Borscht Belt era. Starting Oct. 4. Daily. 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 777-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/OperaPlazaCinema.htm.

Roxie Theater. Seven by Rainer Werner Fassbinder: Mini-tribute to the prolific German director — including screenings of Lola, Fox and His Friends, The American Soldier, Fear of Fear, Mother Kuster Goes to Heaven, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, and The Marriage of Maria Braun — as a lead-in to the YBCA's upcoming two-month retrospective. Oct. 4-10. The Institute: Documentary about the Jejune Institute, the strange local ARG organization — whose surreal, inexplicable flyers you surely saw on lampposts around the city — that seemed like the Church of the SubGenius and the Church of Scientology hosting a mad scavenger hunt inside your subconscious. Oct. 4-9. Bad Milo: Gastrointestinal distress is made flesh in the S.F. premiere of this horror-comedy by director Jacob Vaughn. Oct. 4-5, 11 p.m. Peaches Does Herself: Live concert-film-slash-documentary directed by the transgressive electro-pop anti-diva herself, with Peaches — who performs Sunday at the Castro Street Fair — in attendance. Sat., Oct. 5, 11:15 p.m. $10. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087, www.roxie.com.

Vogue Theatre. Hong Kong Cinema: The San Francisco Film Society spends a long weekend with some of HK's finest exports, including premieres of new movies by Johnnie To, Oxide Pang, and Kiwi Chow. Oct. 4-6. $10-$25. sffs.org. Letters to Jackie: Documentary about the piles of condoling correspondence sent to Jacqueline Kennedy after JFK's assassination. Oct. 7-10. 3290 Sacramento, San Francisco, 346-2288, www.voguesf.com.

The Vortex Room. The Satanic Rites of the Vortex Room: Double feature screening of The Witchmaker (1969) and Simon, King of the Witches (1971). Thu., Oct. 3, 9 p.m. $10. 1082 Howard, San Francisco, N/A, https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Vortex-Room/217115454982128.

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