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Arthouse movie listings for May 5-11, 2010 

Wednesday, May 5 2010

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Artists' Television Access. Letters from the Other Side: Heather Courtney's doc about immigration highlights video letters carried across the U.S.-Mexico border. Thu., May 6, 7:30 p.m. $6. "Feast of the Beast: Wurst, then Queer": Experimental video and performance art. Fri., May 7, 8 p.m. $6. "Atomic-Age Artifactuality": Other Cinema brings experimental film by Laura Harrison and Beth Federici and Megan Prelinger. Sat., May 8, 8:30 p.m. $6. "Quite Polite": Independent music videos. Sun., May 9, 7 p.m. $6. 992 Valencia (at 21st St.), 824-3890,

Castro Theatre. Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work: A portrait of the lady, including the presence of the lady herself! Thu., May 6, 7 p.m. Iron Man 2: Starring the sexy action star Robert Downey Jr. Starting May 7. Daily. $7.50-$10. 429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120,

Femina Potens. "Open Eyes: Queer Film Friday": Local film series; screenings are followed by wine and vegan cookie receptions including question and answer sessions with the filmmakers. Also features a visual open mike: Submit short (five minutes or less) films or video pieces at 7:30 p.m. First Friday of every month. 2199 Market (at Sanchez), 864-1558,

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. Mark Cantor's Giants of Jazz on Film: "Benny Goodman and the Kings of Swing." Sat., May 8, 8 p.m. $12-$24. 3200 California (at Presidio), 292-1200,

Mechanics' Institute Library. CinemaLit: Heroic Horizons: The View from Australia: The Overlanders by Harry Watt. Fri., May 7, 6 p.m. 57 Post (at Market), 393-0100,

Multiple San Francisco locations. San Francisco International Film Festival: The 53rd annual. Through May 6.

Oddball Films. "Shot in San Francisco": Rare films showcasing S.F. history. Fri., May 7, 8:30 p.m. $10. 275 Capp (at Mission), 558-8117,

Red Vic Movie House. House: Nobuhiko Obayashi's cult-in-the-making horrorshow. See more in Night and Day. May 7-8, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m. $6-$9. Madama Butterfly: As performed by the San Francisco Opera. Sun., May 9, 2 p.m. Raging Bull: Robert DeNiro boxing. Sun., May 9, 7 & 9:35 p.m.; Mon., May 10, 7 & 9:35 p.m. The Last Station: Helen Mirren plays Countess Sofya, Leo Tolstoy's wife. Tue., May 11, 7 & 9:25 p.m.; Wed., May 12, 7 & 9:25 p.m. 1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994,

Roxie Theater. The Secret of Kells: Tomm Moore's animated feature. Through May 6, 7 p.m.; Sat., May 8, 1:30, 3:15 & 5 p.m. $5-$9.75. When You're Strange: The Doors: Tom DiCillo's documentary about the band. Through May 13, 7 p.m. $5-$9.75. Breaking Upwards: Daryl Wein's quirky romance. Through May 6, 8:45 p.m. $5-$9.75. The Runaways: Floria Sigismondi's rock music feature. Through May 13, 9 p.m. $5-$9.75. "Film Racing": Twenty-four-hour film competition screening. Thu., May 6, 6:45 p.m. $5-$9.75. October Country: Filmmakers Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher in person Friday and Saturday. May 7-12, 7 & 9 p.m.; May 8-9, 1, 3 & 5 p.m. 3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087,

SFMOMA. Portraits of Women Program 1: Zanan-e bedun-e mardan by Shirin Neshat, in Farsi with subtitles. Thu., May 6, 7 p.m. 151 Third St. (at Mission), 357-4000,

The Vortex Room. Creation of the Humanoids and Escape from the Bronx: Cult film and a loungey atmosphere. Thu., May 6, 9 p.m. $5 donation. 1082 Howard (at Seventh St.),

The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio. May Film of the Month: Peter Pan. Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays, 1 & 4 p.m. Continues through May 31. 104 Montgomery (at Lincoln), 345-6800,

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. "To the Limit: Pina Bausch on Film": On Tour with Pina Bausch by Chantal Akerman. See more in Night and Day. May 6-30, 7:30 p.m. $8. 701 Mission (at Third St.), 978-2787,

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