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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video screen as part of a twice-weekly "Cine-Bistro," complete with meal. $30 general, $25 members on Wednesdays; $25 general, $20 members on Saturdays.
WEDNESDAY (June 5): A Jean-Paul Belmondo series offers his international breakthrough as the loudmouthed petty thief of Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless (1959) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (June 8): Belmondo plays Léon Morin, Priest (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1961) 2 p.m.
ARTISTS' 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 (June 6): The Courier Disaster Response Team, a squad of bike messengers training to aid San Francisco in event of disaster, screens Disaster Psychology and other videos designed to make us aware of "the various ways people cope when faced with unsettling events." Plus discussion, more screenings, and pizza. For more info see www.it.isdangerous.com 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (June 8): The Tiny Picture Club offers 80 minutes of "Heroes and Villains" in the form of 14 short films, screened with live music. Contact email@example.com for more data 8 p.m.
SUNDAY (June 9): Ghouls descend on a Cajun community to beat the children for Lent in a community ritual filmed by Rene Broussard, Pardon! Pardon! (2002). Director in person 8 p.m.
429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $7 save as noted. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
DAILY: Jean-Pierre Denis' Murderous Maids (France, 2000) screens through June 12. See Ongoing for review 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
1275 Connecticut (off Cesar Chavez), (510) 464-4640 and www.verticalpool.com/hysterinfo.html for more information. $8.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY (June 6-8): Antero Alli's Hysteria (2002), with filmmaker in person. See Ongoing for review 8 p.m.
FILM ARTS FOUNDATION
346 Ninth St. (between Folsom and Harrison), 552-FILM and www.filmarts.org. This locally based center for Bay Area moviemakers offers occasional free screenings for all independent films and works in progress.
THURSDAY (June 6): A work-in-progress screening of Jonathan Goodman Levitt's Sunny Intervals and Showers, about the consequences of a man's diagnosis with manic-depression. (First he's happy, then he's sad.) Filmmaker in person to diagnose American reactions to this London-based film 7 p.m.
FINE ARTS CINEMA
2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143, www.fineartscinema.com. $8. Berkeley's innovatively programmed art house puts on some of the most conceptually daring double bills in town.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A thriller set in Paris' Algerian community, Abdelkrim Bahloui's Night of Fate (France/Algeria, 1997; 7:15 p.m.), screens with Carl Franklin's underrated adaption of Walter Moseley's L.A. detective tale Devil in a Blue Dress (1995; 9:05 p.m.).
FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (June 7-12): A British nurse takes a job with the triumphant Nazis in Occupied England in the "alternative world" of It Happened Here (Kevin Brownlow, Andrew Mollo, U.K., 1963; 7:15 p.m.), screening with Michael Curtiz's rousing World War II melodrama Casablanca (1942; 9:10 p.m.; also Sun 5:15 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. Closed Mondays.
DAILY: The popular farce La Cage aux Folles (Edouard Molinaro, France, 1979) screens through June 23, mercifully free in its original incarnation from both Robin Williams and Nathan Lane 8:45, 10:30 p.m.; also Fri & Sat midnight.
ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA
425 Washington (at Battery), Suite 200, 788-7142, www.sfiic.org. Video screenings of Italian films.
TUESDAY (June 11): A series honoring wire-haired, wire-framed-glasses-wearing comedian/director Maurizio Nichetti -- an Italian Woody Allen, only frailer -- continues with Stefano Quantestorie (1993), about a policeman with five alter egos. Subtitled 6:30 p.m.
510 Larkin (at Turk), 820-3907, www.sfindie.com. This "Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar" offers an "SF IndieFest MicroCinema" Wednesdays through Saturdays. All screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free.
WEDNESDAY (June 5): Mark Osborne's Dropping Out (2002), a black comedy about an aspiring suicide 8 p.m.
THURSDAY (June 6): No socially redeeming value is promised for Matt Steinauer's Ozark Savage (2001), a mock action film 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (June 7): Mark Neale's William Gibson: No Maps for These Territories (2000) offers the back-seat observations of the cyberpunk author as he's driven from L.A. to Seattle. At what rest stop will he apologize for Johnny Mnemonic? 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (June 8): Coke Sams' Existo (2001) posits a televangelist-ruled future 8 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $7.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Ashutosh Gowariker's Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (India, 2001). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (June 7-13): Jonathan Parker's Bartleby (France, 2001). See Opening for review. Call for times.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $7, second show $1.50. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC's Berkeley Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.