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.
FRIDAY (Jan. 11): Performance artist Nadja Haas joins with the group Automatic Art for A ritual : Re embodiment featuring video by John Slattery and Fara on the theme of "finding roots in a new place." $5-10 sliding scale 8 p.m. SATURDAY (Jan. 12): "An Evening With George Kuchar" offers a lecture and works by the prolific San Francisco-based filmmaker, now making digital videos. "Relish in the splendors of Kuchar's cinematic cesspool." He'll screen his recent DVs Arizona Byways, Honey Bunnies on Ice, Matinee Idylls, and more 8 p.m.
429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $7. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace - recently refurbished, with new seats installed - designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY: James Marsh's Wisconsin Death Trip (2000); see Ongoing for review 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.
THURSDAY: The annual Berlin & Beyond German-language film festival, here through Jan. 16, screens new work from Germany and Austria as well as a memorable revival. See "Zoom Lens" box for more. Opening Night party at 6:30 p.m. is followed by Ingredients for Dreams (Gordon Maugg, Germany, 2001) at 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: Berlin & Beyond - White Cherries (Leopold Lummerstorfer, Austria, 2000) 5 p.m. The Experiment (Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany, 2001) 7 p.m. Berlin Is in Germany (Hannes Stohr, Germany, 2001) 10 p.m.
SATURDAY: Berlin & Beyond - A remake of a classic children's film, Emil and the Detectives (Franziska Buch, Germany, 2001) noon. Black Box Germany (Andres Veiel, Germany, 2001) 2:30 p.m. What to Do in Case of Fire (Gregor Schnitzler, Germany, 2001) 5:30 p.m. The Middle of Nowhere (Nathalie Steinbart, Germany, 2001) 8 p.m. Moonlight Tariff (Ralf Huttner, Germany, 2001) 10 p.m.
SUNDAY: Berlin & Beyond - Shorts from German film schools 1 p.m. Hold-Up (Florian Flicker, Austria, 2000) 3 p.m. The Dream Is Gone (Christoph Schuch, Germany, 2001) 5 p.m. The Wound (Thomas Stiller, Germany, 2001) 7:30 p.m. A Goddamn Job (Thorsten Wettcke, Germany, 2000) 10 p.m.
MONDAY: Berlin & Beyond - G.W. Pabst's silent classic Diary of a Lost Girl (Germany, 1928) with live organ accompaniment by Dennis James 7 p.m. Lammbock (Christian Zubert, Germany, 2001) 9:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: Berlin & Beyond - Dear Fidel - Marita's Story (Wilfried Huismann, Germany, 2000), a documentary about a teenage mistress of Castro's recruited by the CIA to assassinate him some 40 years ago, with its subject in person 7 p.m. Birthday (Stefan Jager, Germany, 2001) 9:45 p.m. FINE ARTS CINEMA
2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143, www.fineartscinema.com. $8 save as noted. Berkeley's innovatively programmed art house puts on some of the most conceptually daring double bills in town.
WEDNESDAY: Sonia Herman Dolz's Black Tears (Netherlands, 1997; 7:30 p.m.) follows five elderly Cuban musicians on a tour through Europe, while Chuck Workman's The Source (1999; 9:15 p.m.) documents the lives of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs. $7.
THURSDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Jan. 10-16): The antics of petty thug Jean-Paul Belmondo propel Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless (France, 1959; 7:15 p.m.), while Kirk Douglas' machinations keep a miner in his hole in Billy Wilder's dark comedy Ace in the Hole (aka The Big Carnival, 1951; 9 p.m.; also Sun 5:10 p.m.).
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: James Marsh's Wisconsin Death Trip (2000); see Ongoing for review. $7, separate admission 11:15 p.m. FOREIGN CINEMA
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.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour enjoy The Road to Bali (Hal Walker, 1952) in Technicolor. Cameos by Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Humphrey Bogart, and Jane Russell 6, 8, 10 p.m.; Sat & Sun midnight show.
MONDAY: Venue closed.
STARTS TUESDAY: The original Ocean's Eleven (Lewis Milestone, 1960) screens through Jan. 27 6, 8:30 p.m.; 11 p.m. show on weekends.
ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA
425 Washington (at Battery), Suite 200, 788-7142, www.sfiic.org. A free series of Italian comedies continues. MONDAY (Jan. 14): Un Americano a Roma (Steno, Italy, 1954), with Alberto Sordi and Ursula Andress, screens without subtitles 6:30 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: Henrique Goldman's Princesa (Italy/Brazil, 2001); see Ongoing for review 5:15, 7:40, 9:55 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 11-17): Marc Foster's Everything Put Together (1999). See Opening for review 5, 7:20, 9:40 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 12:30, 2:45 p.m.
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.
WEDNESDAY: Theater closed.
THURSDAY: Abbas Kiarostami's ABC Africa (Iran/Uganda, 2001), a documentary about a clinic for orphans with AIDS 7, 9 p.m.
FRIDAY: A series devoted to the over 40-year career of French filmmaker Eric Rohmer commences with the early shorts that inaugurated his "Six Moral Tales" cycle, The Girl at the Monceau Bakery (1962) and Suzanne's Career (1963), together at 7:30 p.m., followed by his debut feature, made in 1959 when Rohmer was already the oldest member of the original nouvelle vague, the bitterly witty The Sign of the Lion. It's about a musician adrift in a lonely Parisian August. It plays with Rohmer's sketch from the 1965 portmanteau feature Six in Paris at 9:05 p.m.