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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $6 donation save as noted.
WEDNESDAY (April 5): A prize-winning documentary, LÕaffaire Valérie (François Caillat, France, 2004), reexamines the disappearance of a young woman after her alleged murder of a tourist7 p.m.
ARTISTSÕ 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.
THURSDAY: Investigative reporter Carmela BaranowskaÕs report on her experiences behind Afghan lines, Taliban Country (Australia, 2004) screens with International ANSWER commentary on the ongoing war there 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: ATAÕs Other Cinema screens the 15th PXL This, a program of videos made on the childrenÕs camera. See Night & Day page xx for more 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: A double-bill of Sophie Scholl The Final Days (Marc Rothemund, Germany, 2005; 12:05, 4:30, 8:55 p.m.) and Joyeux Nöel (Christian Carion, France, 2005; 2:20, 6:45 p.m. ).
STARTS WEDNESDAY: Filmmaker Caveh Zahedi admits I Am A Sex Addict (2005) in this autobiographical feature, opening for an extended run. See Opening for review noon, 1:50. 3:40, 5:30, 7:20, 9:15 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for additional films.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; $9 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 & THURSDAY: The Intruder (Claire Denis, France, 2004) 7, 9:35 p.m.; also Wed 1:45, 4:20 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 7-13): Adam & Steve (Craig Chester, 2006). See Opening for review. Director and stars in person Friday evening 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat, Sun 2:30, 4:45 p.m.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com for venue; www.8tales.com for this series. For additional Clay screenings, see our Showtimes page. This gemlike box is one of the cityÕs last remaining single screens.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (April 7 & 8): This springÕs Ò8 TalesÓ midnight movie series continues with the intergenerational romance Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby, 1971). $7 midnight.
2789 24th St. (at York), 647-2822 for box office, www.hilofilmfestival.com for program. A restored movie house with two screens put to use for special programs. $8.
THURSDAY (April 6): The 9th hi/lo Film Festival celebrates Òhigh-concept/low-budget movie making.Ó Tonight, Shorts Program 1, featuring David Chai of San JoseÕs Fumi and the Bad Luck Foot 7:15 p.m.
FRIDAY (April 7): hi/lo Shorts Program 3 includes VancouverÕs Meesoo LeeÕs A Bad Hair Day 7:15 p.m. Shorts Program 2 features an 11 minute montage of Kirsten Dunst kissing in Rabid (Mike Olenick of Columbus, O.) 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY (April 8): hi/lo Shorts Program 3 5 p.m. Shorts Program 1 7:15 p.m.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35mm, 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: Young Che and friend drive, witness, and compose The Motorcycle Diaries (Walter Salles Jr., Brazil, 2003). ÒStarts at dusk.Ó
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater mixes new and repertory programming. $8 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Crash (Paul Haggis, 2005) 7 p.m. 16 Blocks (Richard Donner, 2006) 9:15 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
MONDAY (April 10): A Native American activist is profiled in Trudell (Heather Rae, 2005). John Trudell in person for Q&A. $12 7 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a Òcalendar houseÓ rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Lonesome Jim (Steve Buscemi, 2006) 2:30, 5, 7:30, 9:45 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 7-13): The Devil and Daniel Johnston (Jeff Feuerzeig, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times.
MECHANICSÕ INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. $7. This cultural asset of long standing continues a spring film series, hosted by Michael Fox. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (April 7): A German comedy series opens with Helmut DietlÕs Schtonk! (1992), a satire of the Hitler Diary forgery 6:30 p.m.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124 and www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for venue; 865-1588 and www.asianamericanfilmfestival.org for information on the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, here this week. $8, second show $2 for regular programs; $10 for SFIAAFF programs. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC BerkeleyÕs Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
WEDNESDAY: A UCB film history class open to the public and taught by Russell Merritt screens Robert BressonÕs sad donkey tale Au Hasard Balthazar (France, 1966) 3 p.m. A program of ÒRecent and StrangeÓ video screens eteamÕs The Paradox of the 10 Acres Square (2005), about an art duoÕs attempt to figure out what to do with some desert property. It screens with Scott StarkÕs in.side.out (1999) and Jacqueline GossÕ There There Square (2002), two geographically challenging shorts 7:30 p.m.