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2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 464-5980, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25 save as noted. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Zhang Yimou's latest, House of Flying Daggers (China, 2004). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 7-13): Travellers & Magicians (Khyentse Norbu, Bhutan, 2003); see Opening for review. Call for times.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Jan. 5): André Dussollier woos old flame Emanuelle Devos, while young Hélène Fillières enters his life as the title role in Sophie Fillières' comedy Aïe (France, 2000). (The two Fillières are sisters.) 6 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 (Jan. 6): International ANSWER presents La Boca del Lobo (The Lion's Den, Francisco J. Lombardi, Peru, 1988), a drama about an army occupation of an Andean town during the war against the Shining Path guerrilla movement. A live report on Peru follows 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Jan. 7): "StreetLevel TV" inaugurates the new year with video reports on social issues, including the Castro Theatre protests, post-election coverage, trailers for new films, and live music. See www.videoactivism.org/show for more 8 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 37th Avenue), 221-8484, $7.50. This great neighborhood house, long a good place to catch second-run fare, is converting one of its screens to a repertory theater this week. See our Showtimes page for what's on the Balboa's other screen.
THURSDAY (Jan. 6): The Balboa inaugurates its new rep policy with an "Open House" program of cartoons, short subjects, and previews. Free 6-10 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 7-13): Travellers & Magicians (Khyentse Norbu, Bhutan, 2003); see Opening for review. Lead actress Sonam Lhamo and cinematographer Alan Kozlowski in person at Saturday evening screenings 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:15, 9:30 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.castrotheatresf.com; www.goethe.de/sanfrancisco for the Berlin & Beyond series. $8 for regular screenings, $9 for Berlin & Beyond 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.
WEDNESDAY: A musical series concludes with George Sidney's Pal Joey (1957), a signature role for Frank Sinatra as he weaves between Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: The Opening Night program of the 10th Berlin & Beyond series of German-language films includes the Opening Night Party 6:30 p.m. The Edukators (Weingartner) 8 p.m. $10 film only, $30 film and party. See Night & Day, Page 23, for more.
FRIDAY: Berlin & Beyond -- Bruno Ganz tribute: The Inventor (Gloor, Switzerland, 1980) 1 p.m. Ganz tribute: Circle of Deceit (Schlöndorff, 1981) 3 p.m. En Route (Krüger) 7 p.m. Alone (Durchschlag) 9 p.m.
SATURDAY: Berlin & Beyond -- Emil and the Detectives (Buch) 11 a.m. "Best of German Film Schools" (shorts) 1 p.m. Am I Sexy? (Feistl) 4 p.m. Nocturne (Signorell, Switzerland) 7 p.m. Head-On (Akin) 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Berlin & Beyond -- My Brother Is a Dog (Timm) 11 a.m. The Center (Mucha) 1 p.m. Bruno Ganz tribute: Behind Me (Wiedmer, 2002) 3 p.m. Ganz tribute: Downfall (Hirschbiegel) 5 p.m. Ganz in conversation with David Thomson (free) 8 p.m.
MONDAY: Berlin & Beyond -- Bruno Ganz tribute: Wings of Desire (Wenders, 1987) 1 p.m. Asphalt (May, 1928) 7 p.m. Miss Phyllis (Schönborn, Austria) 9 p.m.
TUESDAY: Berlin & Beyond -- Poem -- I Set My Foot Upon the Air and It Carried Me (Schmerberg) 1 p.m. This Year in Czernowitz (Koepp) 3:30 p.m. Quiet as a Mouse (Mittermeier) 7 p.m. Crazy Love Crazy (Luisi, Switzerland) 9:15 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.
DAILY: Zhang Yimou's visually stunning Hero (China, 2002) screens through Jan. 16. See Ongoing for review 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.
3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Popular holdover programs from the "big" Roxie two doors down.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Artist Andy Goldsworthy plays with sand, mud, and time in the Roxie perennial Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, 2001) 8 p.m. Tarnation (Jonathan Caouette, 2004) 6:15, 9:45 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. $7. This cultural asset of long standing opens a documentary film series this week. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (Jan. 7): SF Weekly contributor Michael Fox hosts a four-week series on "The Contemporary Documentary: Cultural Icons," beginning with a rare screening of Orson Welles' entertaining essay on Clifford Irving's faked Howard Hughes autobiography, F for Fake (1976). Has anyone noticed how alike Citizen Kane and Scorsese's The Aviator are? 6:30 p.m.
NINTH STREET INDEPENDENT FILM CENTER
145 Ninth St. (between Mission and Howard), First Floor, 552-5950, www.ninthstreet.org. $5-10 sliding scale.
SATURDAY (Jan. 8): Filmmaker Timoleon Wilkins curates "The Ghost Films of Stan Brakhage," a program spanning four decades of the late director's work, from Nightcats (1956) through the 1980s 8 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5 save as noted. Pizza, beer, and movies on two screens. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.
TUESDAY (Jan. 11): The new Bay Area film organization Shadowplay presents "Flights of Fancy," a program of short films and videos by local artists with the common themes of "risk, whimsy and sincerity." $5 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6. See Ongoing for review.
RAFAEL FILM CENTER
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org. $9 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, now officially the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, is operated by the California Film Institute. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Kinsey (Bill Condon, 2004) 6:30, 9 p.m. Short Cut to Nirvana (Maurizio Benazzo and Nick Day, 2004) 6:50, 8:45 p.m. Ousmane Sembene's masterful Moolaadé (Senegal, 2004) 6:40 p.m. Outsider artist Henry Darger In the Realms of the Unreal (Jessica Yu, 2004) 9:15 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Travellers & Magicians (Khyentse Norbu, Bhutan, 2003); see Opening for review. Kinsey, Shortcut to Nirvana, Moolaadé, and In the Realms of the Unreal continue. Call for times.
SUNDAY (Jan. 9): The "Beyond Borders" series of children's films offers Waterbomb for a Fat Tomcat, a 2004 film from Latvia about two girls dealing with a bossy aunt. Live subtitle translation 4 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $7. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY: WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception (Danny Schechter, 2004) queries the media's take on Iraq 2, 4:25, 7:15, 9:25 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: A red-state movie aimed at a blue-state demographic, Trey Parker's Team America: World Police (2004) counterattacks Michael Moore and friends by acting out their deaths 7:15, 9:35 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:20 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Zhang Yimou's Hero (China, 2002), an exhilarating movie but one every bit as pro its government as Trey Parker's puppettoon is for George W. 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Jan. 11 & 12): The comic duo The Yes Men (Chris Smith, Dan Ollman, Sarah Price, 2004) pull pranks on industry and the media -- since this film came out they killed a few more careers at the BBC 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
155 Fell (at Van Ness), 861-2011, www.rickshawstop.com; email@example.com and 820-3907 for information on this program. A monthly S.F. IndieFest-sponsored event continues. 18 and up. $5 donation; all proceeds benefit IndieFest.
FRIDAY (Jan. 7): IndieFest's "Happy New Year Happy Hour" of short films screens two by Jay Lee, The Affairs of God and a comedy of paranoia, Noon Blue Apples. Doors 7 p.m. , films 8 p.m. Live music follows.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com. $8. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Fear meets Freud in Adam Curtis' four-hour BBC documentary The Century of the Self (U.K., 2002); see Ongoing for review. Parts 1 & 2 ($8) 7 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m. Parts 3 & 4 ($4) 9:10 p.m.; also Wed 4:10 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Koret Visitor Education Center, 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org. Screenings are free with museum admission of $10.
DAILY (closed Wednesday): "Glamour in Context," a program of short films, screens through Jan. 17 Thurs & Fri 2:30 p.m.; Sat & Sun 1 p.m.; Mon & Tues 2:30 p.m. "Roy Lichtenstein in Context" Thurs 4, 7:30 p.m.; Fri 4 p.m.; Sat & Sun 3 p.m.; Mon & Tues 4 p.m.
SATURDAY (Jan. 8): A program of the videos of Mary Lucier presents an hourlong screening of her works from "The 1990s and Beyond: Figure and Ground" every Saturday this month 4 p.m.
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: The 2004 edition of Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation has been held over through January. That's just sick! $9 7:30, 9:30 p.m., midnight.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $7 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.
FRIDAY (Jan. 7): "Two Hard-Asses: Ann Coulter vs. Charles Bronson" offers a fair and balanced double bill of a documentary about the aggressive Ms. Coulter, Is It True What They Say About Ann? (Elinor Burkett and Patrick Wright, 2004), and Michael Winner's The Mechanic (1972), with Bronson as a hit man and Jan-Michael Vincent as his protégé. $8 7:30 p.m.