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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
THURSDAY (May 18): A French Arab youth is drafted into driving his father to Mecca in Ismal Ferroukhi's well-made Le Grand Voyage (France/Morocco, 2004) 8 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: The 10th Annual Mission Creek Music and Film Festival continues here with "From the Dawn of Time Until the Day After Tomorrow," a program of music films and videos curated by Danny Plotnick including work showcasing the Modey Lemon, Foetus, Paula Frazier, the Buckethead video We Are One and more 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: The Mission Creek Video Awards Show, with Maria Shriver ("Mrs. Governator") announced as a celebrity judge, screens new videos by Film School/Boyskout, Margaret Tedesco, Dynasty Handbag, and other contestants 8 p.m.
SATURDAY: Other Cinema closes out its spring season with a program of New Experimental Works, including Roger Beebe's Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Jeanne Liotta's Hephaestus of the Airshaft, Kerry Laitala's Orbit, and more. See www.othercinema.com for more info 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Mission Creek "Dance Me to the End of Love" screens short films inspired by musical poet Leonard Cohen, a live performance by tribute band The Conspiracy of Beards and the 1965 Canadian documentary Ladies and Gentlemen ... Mr. Leonard Cohen (Donald Brittain, Don Owen) 8 p.m.
MONDAY: Israeli punkers are profiled in Jericho's Echo (Liz Nord, 2005). Filmmaker in person. $12 7:30 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; 866-9559 and www.sffs.org for the San Francisco International Film Festival. $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: A double-bill of rare Liza Minnelli films screens The Sterile Cuckoo (Alan J. Pakula, 1969; 2:45, 7 p.m.) and Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (Otto Preminger, 1970; 4:45, 9:05 p.m. ). Both films play up young Liza's extreme vulnerability, which in retrospect someone should have paid more attention to.
THURSDAY: A free World Premiere of Krooked Kronicles (2006). Pre-screening party (invited guests only) 7 p.m., doors 8 p.m. , film 8:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The Castro devotes a day to screen star Anne Francis. In the afternoon, a double feature of the pioneering juvenile-delinquent drama Blackboard Jungle (Richard Brooks, 1955; 1 p.m.) and a good noir, Rogue Cop (Roy Rowland, 1954; 3 p.m.), with Robert Taylor as a corrupt officer. $9 for both. In the evening, a Reception offers viewers a chance to meet the star; $25 tickets includes the evening double feature 6 p.m. The evening's films find elderly, one-armed Spencer Tracy miraculously beating up some much younger and stronger racists in the handsomely shot Bad Day at Black Rock (John Sturges, 1955; 7 p.m.) followed by Blackboard Jungle at 9 p.m. Francis in person at both films. Film-only tickets $15.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Just why the world loves heavy metal is the subject of the documentary Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Jessica Joy Wise, 2005) midnight
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Peruvian politics, terror, and the drug war form the background for Ellen Perry's documentary The Fall of Fujimori (2005) 1, 3, 5, 7, 9:15 p.m.
MONDAY: An Iceland Film Festival screens Screaming Masterpiece (Ari Alexander and Ergis Magnusson, 2005) about the Icelandic music scene noon, 6 p.m. A top footballer comes out in Eleven Men Out (Robert I. Douglas, 2005) 3:30 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (May 23-24): Theater closed for private event.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (May 12 & 13): An "8 Tales" midnight movie series concludes its spring series with Stephen Chow doing the Kung-Fu Hustle (Hong Kong, 2005) $7 midnight.
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.
NIGHTLY: Federico Fellini exposes the sour side of the sweet life in La Dolce Vita (Italy, 1959), screening through May 28 "Starts at dusk."
MECHANICS' 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 (May 19): A John Huston series screens his longtime dream project, a vigorous adaptation of Kipling's The Man Who Would Be King (1975), with Michael Caine and Sean Connery in for Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable, his intended cast in the 1950s 6:30 p.m.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $8.75.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Take My Eyes (Icíar Bollaín, Spain, 2003) 1:30, 4, 6:45, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 19-25): The Sisters (Arthur Allan Seidelman, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5 save as noted. Pizza, beer, and movies on two screens. 21 and older only. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.