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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $6 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 1): Patricio Guzman's documentary about murdered Chilean leader Salvador Allende (France/Chile, 2004) 6 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. $5 save as noted.
SATURDAY (Nov. 4): Alan Bishop, Mark Gergis and Other Cinema present two entries from the “Sublime Frequencies” catalogue, collages of musical and ethnographic material gathered on Sumatra, Sumatran Folk Cinema and Hisham Mayet's Morocco: Musical Brotherhoods from the Trans-Saharan Highway. Filmmakers in person 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: The Departed (Martin Scorsese, 2006) 1:15, 4:30, 8 p.m. In Theater 2, The Science of Sleep (Michel Gondry, 2006) 12:50, 5:05, 9:20 p.m. and Hollywoodland (Allen Coulter, 2006) 2:45, 7 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
429 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: A would-be transsexual and narcoleptic yearns to lose the 20 Centimeters (RamÓn Salazar, Spain, 2005) that keeps him from being a her. While dozing, she dreams 7, 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: The Anna Cabrini Chronicles (2006), with director Tawd b. Dorenfeld in person 8:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: It's Opening Night for the 10th International Latino Film Festival, screening an autobiographical look at Spain, 1960, Un franco, 14 pesetas (Carlos Iglesias, Spain, 2006) 7 p.m. The east side of L.A.'s a closet that needs escape in East Side Story (Carlos Portugal, 2006, USA, 88 min.) 9:45 p.m.
SATURDAY: Latino Film Festival — To love a soccer star Loving Maradona (Vzquez, Argentina/New Zealand) noon To the Other Side (Loza, Mexico) 2 p.m. A Wonderful World (Estrada, Mexico) 4 p.m. The great director Humberto Sols' latest, Barrio Cuba 7 p.m. The Uncertain Guest (Morales, Spain) 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Latino Film Festival — The Girl in the Stone (Sistach, Mexico) noon Jews in Space (Lichtman, Argentina) 2:45 p.m. My Best Enemy (Bowen, Chile) 5:15 p.m. From the director of Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, Bruno Barreto's Romeo and Juliet Get Married (Brazil) 8 p.m.
TUESDAY: Cynical Billy Wilder's appropriate viewing for this Election Day: A cola executive sells Coke to the Commies in One, Two, Three (1961; 2:45, 7 p.m. ) while a journalist cons the world in Ace in the Hole (1951; 4:50, 9:05 p.m. ).
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com. A midnight movie series continues this weekend at this single-screen jewel. $9.75.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Nov. 3-4): Dead by dawn Sam Raimi's Evil Dead 2 (1987) 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 (Nov. 5): Dark Room's weekly “Bad Movie Night” opens a month of films signed by the pseudonymous Alan Smithee, the Director's Guild nom de plume used by filmmakers disowning their credit. Tonight, what else but Burn Hollywood Burn: An Alan Smithee Film (1997), an industry satire penned by Joe Eszterhas on his way out of the industry, shot and then disowned by veteran Arthur Hiller. It really is pretty bad. $5 8 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: Life is or is not a Cabaret (1972), in Bob Fosse's Weimar musical “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. Suggested donation $5.
TUESDAY (Nov. 7): A series of “Sound Film Classics” on DVD screens the now rarely screened, lost classic The Congress Dances (Erik Charell, Germany, 1931), a musical romance set at the Congress of Vienna of 1815 7:30 p.m.
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF SAN FRANCISCO
3200 California (at Presidio), 292-1200, www.jccsf.org. This popular center offers a wide range of programs, many of them film-oriented.
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 1): Regina Resnik's documentary Geto — The Historic Ghetto of Venice. Advance reservation required; call 292-1233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free 7 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810 and www.landmarktheatres.com for regular screenings, www.aifisf for the American Indian Film Festival. This multiplex is only partly a “calendar house” rep theater. $9.50 for regular programs, admission varies for the American Indian Film Festival.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Tideland (Terry Gilliam, U.K., 2006) 5:15, 8:15 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 3-9): Jonestown: The Life And Death Of Peoples Temple (Stanley Nelson, 2006). See Opening for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY: The 31st Annual American Indian Film Festival screens here through next Wednesday. The Opening Night film is The Velvet Devil (Larry J. Bauman, Canada, 2005), about a popular singer's return home in 1945. $10 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: American Indian Film Festival — A day-long program of short and hour-long films, including Hanta Po — All of You Out of My Way (Bancroft). $5 11 a.m. A double-bill of Finding Dawn (Welch) and Unnatural and Accidental (Bessai). $8 7 p.m.
SUNDAY: American Indian Film Festival — A three-hour dramatization of the 1990 Indian Summer: The Oka Crisis (Cardinal, Canada). $5 11 a.m. The Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy (Richie). $8 7 p.m. [page]
MONDAY: American Indian Film Festival — Another day-long program, including My Darkest Hour (Frejo). $4 noon An evening of medium-length films, concluding with Riding with Ghosts (Hubers and Starkey). $8 7 p.m.
TUESDAY: American Indian Film Festival — More shorts, and the documentary feature Green Green Water (Mikkelson). $4 noon Waterbuster (Peinado). $8 7 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. $10 suggested donation. This cultural asset of long standing continues a weekly film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (Nov. 3): A “Stage to Screen” series opens with The Man Who Came to Dinner (William Keighley, 1942) 6:30 p.m.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124 and www.bampfa.berkeley.edu, $8, second show $2. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC Berkeley's Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
WEDNESDAY: James Forsher presents a program of rare propaganda films, “Morality, Politics and War,” including the pro-birth control Law of the Population (1917), and Fred MacMurray in Atomic Energy Can Be a Blessing 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A Jacques Rivette series opens with a free screening of his documentary Jean Renoir, The Boss (Rivette and André Labarthe, France, 1967), an early appreciation of the great director 5:30 p.m. The torch was passed from Rivette to assistant Claire Denis, today a leading filmmaker, who returns the favor with her own documentary Jacques Rivette, The Night Watchman (1990). Regular admission 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: It's like watching your Criterion Collection on film! A festival of new 35 mm prints from classics film distributor Janus Films screens François Truffaut's debut The 400 Blows (France, 1959; 7 p.m. ) and the triangular Jules and Jim (1961; 9 p.m. ).
SATURDAY: Rivette's masterpiece, the one-of-a-kind shaggy human story Céline and Julie Go Boating (1974) 7 p.m.
SUNDAY: A rare instance of a Janus release not available on DVD, Max Ophuls' great The Earrings of Madame de… (France, 1953). Criterion is missing this gem! 7 p.m.
TUESDAY: An assemblage of graphic footage shot by medical personnel in the wars of the last century, Oh! Uomo (Vervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucci, Italy, 2004) 7:30 p.m.
PALACE OF FINE ARTS
3301 Lyon (at Bay), 567-6642 and www.palaceoffinearts.org/events.html for venue; 421-8497 for this program. This nine-decade-old remnant of a World's Fair has an excellent auditorium, often used for film programs. $17.50
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 1): Veteran producer Warren Miller's “57th Annual Feature Length Ski & Snowboarding Film Off the Grid (2006) 6, 9 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $8 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY: The uneven career of Rep. Cynthia McKinney of Georgia is charted in American Blackout (Ian Inaba, 2006) 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: The complete Cremaster cycle of artist and Vaseline purveyor Matthew Barney screens here over the next three Thursdays. Tonight, cheerleaders congregate for Cremaster 1 (1996) and executed convict Gary Gilmore's tale is told in Cremaster 2 (1999) 7, 9 p.m.
FRIDAY: Sensitive musician Nick Drake's tale is told in A Skin Too Few (Jeroen Berkvens, Netherlands, 2000) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY: Robert Altman's drizzly, art-western classic McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971) 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m. >
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Out of India, an ancient form of holistic medicine is depicted in Ayurveda, The Art of Being (Pan Nalin, Germany/Switzerland, 2001). Can you switch your provider? 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Nov. 7 & 8): New York's intelligentsia uncouple and debate morality in Woody Allen's time capsule Manhattan (1979) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
ROXIE FILM CENTER
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com, $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Richard Dawkins takes on God in The Root of All Evil? (Russell Barnes, U.K., 2006) 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4:30 p.m. On Screen 2, I Like Killing Flies (Matt Mahurin, 2006; 6:15 , 8 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2:30 p.m. Tales of the Rat Fink (Ron Mann, 2006) 9:35 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 4:30 p.m. Separate admission.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 25-Nov. 2): Excellent Cadavers (Marco Turco, Italy, 1975). See Opening for review 7, 8:50 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m. Call for other films and times.
SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE
800 Chestnut (at Jones), 771-7020, www.sfai.edu. This art school includes film, video, and mixed media as part of its programming.
FRIDAY (Nov. 3): A Graduate Lecture Series screens Renée Green's seven-part multi-channel video installation Wavelinks: Activism Sound (1999-2002), expressing utopian hopes for electronic music. Artist in person. Free 5 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Koret Visitor Education Center (unless otherwise noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org. Screenings are free with museum admission of $12.50 save as noted.
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): Tina in Mexico (Brenda Longfellow, 2002) 2:30 p.m. Expressionism (Rainer Mortiz, Austria, 1991) 4 p.m.
THURSDAY: A program of Films by Charles and Ray Eames 7 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY
Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, http://sfpl.lib.ca.us. A weekly video program screens on Thursdays and occasional other days. Free.
THURSDAY (Nov. 2): A “You Are What You Eat” series opens with the scary The Future of Food (Deborah Koons Garcia, 2004) noon.
SATURDAY (Nov. 5): The 50th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian revolution is marked with Starting Over in America (Sally Gatti, 2004), about Hungarian “56ers”who settled in the U.S. A panel discussion follows 1 p.m. [page]
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.ybca.org. $8 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.
WEDNESDAY: This is Gary McFarland (Christian St. Clair, 2006), a documentary about the self-taught musician 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: A documentary about a neglected 1980s punk band, Not a Photograph: The Mission of Burma Story (David Kleiler and Jeff Iwanicki, 2006) 7, 8:45 p.m.
SUNDAY: S.F. Cinematheque screens the war victims documentary Oh! Uomo (Vervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucci, Italy, 2004) 7:30 p.m.