My Country is also opening at Lumiere or Opera Plaza, tbd.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $6; members $3.
WEDNESDAY (Sept. 6): An old man fishes in Paul dans sa vie (Rémi Mauger, 2004) 7 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org for most programs, www.othercinema.com for Saturday evening programs. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
THURSDAY (Sept. 7): International ANSWER screens a documentary tribute to the hero to some, Fidel (Estella Bravo, 2001), filmed after 40 years of his rule 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Sept. 8): "Friscophillia," a program of locally filmed shorts "exploring the cracks and crevaces of San Francisco streets, corners, houses and rat holes," including Sabrina Alonso's half-hour Mischief at 16th and Florida, a history of "punk rock squatters, work horses, robber barons, creeks, fire hydrants and natural disasters." Plus live story-telling by Kelly Kegger. $5-$10 7:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (Sept. 12): The lower-case unpiano and burgerworld present Kathryn Bigelow's surf noir Point Break (1991), plus short films by burgerworld. $3 8 p.m.
853 Valencia (at 20th Street), 970-0012, www.amnesiathebar.com. This "cozy, red-lighted den" hosts live music and occasional film screenings. No cover for this event.
THURSDAY (Sept. 7): "On the Make," a quarterly "mix-n-mash" for Bay Area Video Coalition members and their friends, features host Justine Jacob with video projections from her recent work 6 - 8 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: Edward Norton stars as The Illusionist (Neil Burger, 2006; 12:15, 2:35, 4:55, 7:15, 9:30 p.m. ).and in Theatre 2, Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Ferris, 2006; noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20 p.m. ).
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films.
SATURDAY: The Global Lens Film Series screens here weekends this month. Today, a young girl suffers A Stolen Life (Li Shaohong, China, 2005) 11 a.m.
SUNDAY: Global Lens Exiles squat in an abandoned Israeli outpost in Thirst (Tawfik Abu Wael, Palestine, 2004) 11 a.m.
Castro (near Market), 621-6120 and www.thecastrotheatre.com. $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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Viva Pedro!, an eight-film series of new prints of films by Pedro Almodovar, opens with the clever comedy Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Spain, 1988) 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2:30, 4:45 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Viva Pedro! The effective melodrama All About My Mother (Spain, 1999) 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2:30, 4:45 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Viva Pedro! Girlfriends in a coma; Talk to Her (Spain, 2002) 7, 9:30 p.m.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com. A midnight movie series starts this weekend at this single-screen jewel. $8.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Sept. 8 & 9): Lost gangsters try to Xenophon home in The Warriors (Walter Hill, 1979) 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.
SUNDAY (Sept. 10): It's Shatner Month at the Dark Room's weekly "Bad Movie." Tonight's film is Impulse (a.k.a. Want a Ride, Little Girl?, William Grefe, 1974), with Shatner as a swindler who takes up with a single mom and her bratty daughter. Geek Boy and Sean Owens host. $5 8 p.m.
3158 Mission (at Precita near Cesar Chavez), 282-3325, www.elriosf.com; www.madcatfilmfestival.org for the MadCat Festival. This neighborhood bar often screens programs on its outdoor patio (or indoors if it rains).
TUESDAY (Sept. 12): The Opening Night program for the 10th Annual MadCat Festival of films by women offers "The Dwellers," a program of documentary and surreal images paying tribute to the dwellers of city, country or desert. Plus 3D Viewmasters from Greta Snider, short films by Maryam Kashani, Angela Reginato and Chelsea Walton, and live music by Paper Boats and Silian Rail. $720 sliding scale. Free BBQ 6:30 p.m. Movies 8:30 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.
DAILY: What is truth? Asked jesting Pilate, but did not stay to hear the answer. And then he saw Blow Up (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966) and realized it didn't matter anyway. Through Oct. 1 "Starts at dusk."
530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760 and www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/en1587184.htm for information on this program. The place to go for German cultural events. $6.
TUESDAY (Sept. 12): "Crossing Borders," a cross-cultural music film series, screens The Alphorn Story (Stefan Schwietert, Germany/Switzerland, 2003), all about the traditional Swiss instrument and symbol (not cymbal) 7:30 p.m.
3200 Grand (at Lake Park), Oakland, (510) 452-3556; www.grandlaketheater.com. This multiplex usually shows first-run movies. $9 save as noted. .
FRIDAY: The Global Lens Film Series screens here this week and next. Tonight, an African civil war may end after The Night of Truth (Fanta Regina Macro, Burkina Faso, 2004) 7 p.m. Two men of different friends bond over music in Almost Brothers (Lucia Murat, Brazil, 2005). 9:30 p.m. .
SATURDAY: Global Lens Global Shorts 2 p.m. Thirst (Tawfik Abu Wael, Palestine, 2004) 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Global Lens Almost Brothers 2, 9:30 p.m. Girls bond amid the rubble of civil war in the now very timely In the Battlefields (Danielle Arbid, Lebanon, 2004) 7 p.m.