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Commentary by Gregg Rickman ( Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members.

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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.

WEDNESDAY (May 14): Poverty and race divide three friends in Hate (Mathieu Kassovitz, France, 1995) 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (May 17): Hate 2 p.m.


992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, for most programs, for Saturday evening programs. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.

FRIDAY (May 16): Local animators offer their unscreened works, self-censored as "too weird," in "Involuntary Discharge." Filmmakers run from Todd Bever to Jud Yalkut. For more, see 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (May 17): A program of "Sonic Oddities" from curator Stephen Parr, including educational films, General Motors' Magic Ride, Soundies, Scopitones, and samplings of today's underground movie soundtracks 8:30 p.m.


429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, $8 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 & THURSDAY: Jean-Pierre Melville's restored, rediscovered thriller Le Cercle Rouge (France, 1970), with Alain Delon, Gian-Maria Volonte, and Yves Montand. See Ongoing for review 2, 5, 8 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 16-22): Jean-Luc Godard's third feature, A Woman Is a Woman (France, 1961), is a brightly colored slapstick musical about a wholesome stripper and would-be mother with two boyfriends. Easily Godard's most enjoyable film, on strictly movie-lover criteria, though hardly without the filmmaker's trademark digressions and asides 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 1, 5 p.m.


2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 352-0810, For the rest of the Clay's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $5.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY (May 16 & 17): Blue pill? Red pill? The original The Matrix (Wachowski Brothers, 1999) gets screened at midnight.


3601 Lyon (at Richardson), 563-7337, Free with museum admission of $10. Screenings are in the center's McBean Theater, through the front doors and on the left.

SATURDAY (May 17): A "Traits of Life" film series offers Mira Nair's The Laughing Club of India (2001), about a Bombay club devoted to laughing 20 minutes a day, and Jessica Yu's Sour Death Balls (1992), a short short of face-pulling 2 p.m.


2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, 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 (Closed Mondays): Can you hear me? Ken Russell's Tommy (1975) screens through May 25 at 8:15 & 10:15 p.m.


510 Larkin (at Turk), 345-9832, This "Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar" offers an "S.F. IndieFest MicroCinema" Monday through Friday (most weeks). Screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free.

WEDNESDAY: A band's progress is charted in The Rise and Fall of Black Velvet Flag (Sheldon Schiffer, 2002) 8 p.m.

THURSDAY: A slacker contemplates ending it all in the comedy Dropping Out (Mark Osborne, 2001) 8 p.m.

FRIDAY: Mods and (Japanese) bikers rumble in Jon Moritsugu's Mod Fuck Explosion (1994) 8 p.m.

MONDAY: "Silent Monday" screens D.W. Griffith's epic of the ages, Intolerance (1916). Note special starting time of 7 p.m.

TUESDAY: Women sprout monsters from their ids in David Cronenberg's The Brood (Canada, 1979) 8 p.m.


57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and for information; phone or e-mail for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing offers a May series of the films of Michael Powell. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.

FRIDAY (May 16): The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Powell and Emeric Pressburger, U.K., 1943), a comedy of war and preparedness starring Roger Livesey and the young Deborah Kerr 6:30 p.m.


Action Theater, Second Floor, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), 369-6098, Sony hosts screenings of popular anime series from Bandai Entertainment this month. Free.

SUNDAY (May 18): Who's the high-tech defender of the Earth who scores with all the chicks? It's "the only thing standing between peace and the total destruction of Earth, a prototype ship known as Shaft." Shaft and friends are featured in Geneshaft -- Ring and Argentosoma, Volumes 1-3, screening continuously 11 a.m.-8 p.m.


601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Abbas Kiarostami's Ten (Iran, 2002). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 16-22): Andrei Konchalovsky's House of Fools (Russia, 2002). See Opening for reviews. Call for times.


2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, $8, second show $2. 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: Brice Dellsperger's Body Double X digitally replaces every actor in a 1975 melodrama with performance artist John Malkovich ... no, Jean-Luc Verna, "exploring drag as the masquerade of everyday life" 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: "Heroic Grace," a series of key early Chinese martial arts films, continues with Chu Yuan's Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan (Hong Kong, 1972; 9:30 p.m.), detailing an abducted prostitute's violent revenge 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: "Heroic Grace" -- Three bandits join the Chinese army in the epic Blood Brothers (Cheh Chang, Hong Kong, 1973) 7, 9:20 p.m.

SATURDAY: "Heroic Grace"-- Rookie Chia Hu Liu (aka Gordon Liu) learns the martial arts room by room, advancing to The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (aka Master Killer, Chia-Liang Liu, H.K., 1978), in a well-regarded "training" film 2:15, 7 p.m. Master Killer goes back to school in Return to the 36th Chamber (Liu, 1980) 4:30, 9:15 p.m.

SUNDAY: A series of the films of Nicholas Ray commences with his assured debut, They Live by Night (filmed 1947, released 1949), a touching young-lovers-on-the-run drama with Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell 5:30 p.m. Maureen O'Hara and Gloria Grahame share A Woman's Secret (1949), a studio-assigned melodrama for Ray as he moved forward with a career with RKO 7:25 p.m.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.


1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, $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.

THURSDAY (May 8): Anime master Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke (Japan, 1999) screens as a benefit for People's Healing Space of Oakland. $8 6:30, 9:30 p.m.

TUESDAY (May 20): Elia Suleiman's comic look at the Mideast crisis seeks Divine Intervention (Palestine, 2002). $5 7, 9:45 p.m.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.


1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, $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: Aki Kaurismäki's The Man Without a Past (Finland, 2002) 6:45 p.m.; also Thurs 8:50 p.m. Nowhere in Africa (Caroline Link, Germany, 2002) 7:30 p.m. Jean-Pierre Melville's thriller Le Cercle Rouge (France, 1970) 8:50 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

THURSDAY: A drama about two women with cancer (Lauren Holly, Faye Dunaway) "taking a journey laced with laughter and tears," Changing Hearts (Martin Guigui, 2002), screens as a benefit for the Marin Cancer Project (call for advance tickets: 924-8090). $15 7 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Jacques Perrin's Winged Migration (France, 2002); see Opening for review. Abbas Kiarostami's Ten (Iran, 2002) opens here; see Ongoing for review. Le Cercle Rouge, The Man Without a Past, and Nowhere in Africa continue. Call for times.


1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Robert De Niro bulks up for Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull (1980) 7, 9:35 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Pioneering American independent filmmaker Maya Deren is profiled in In the Mirror of Maya Deren (Martina Kudlacek, Austria, 2002), featuring interviews with Stan Brakhage, Jonas Mekas, dance pioneer Katherine Dunham, and Living Theater founder Judith Malina 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.


3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, $8. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Bill Macdonald's Forbidden Photographs (2001), about photographer and anthropologist Charles Gatewood and his snaps of S/M activity 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 16-22): Abderrahmane Sissako's Waiting for Happiness (Mauritania, 2002), about a Eurocentric young man killing time in a small seaside village 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 2, 4 p.m.


McKenna Theater, Creative Arts Building, 1600 Holloway (at 19th Avenue), 338-1629 for information on this program, 338-2467 for tickets. $5.

FRIDAY (May 16): The 43rd San Francisco State Film Finals features the best work of cinema department students 7:30 p.m.


2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, $9. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming. For the rest of the Shattuck's schedule, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Abbas Kiarostami's Ten (Iran, 2002). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 16-22): Andrei Konchalovsky's House of Fools (Russia, 2002). See Opening for review. Call for times.


701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, $6 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. Closed Mondays.

DAILY: Continuous-loop screenings of three DVDs, part of the visual arts exhibition "Time After Time: Asia and Our Moment," run through July 13 -- From China, Chinese Utopia and Living Elsewhere, plus Haunted Houses, on Thai soap operas 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

WEDNESDAY (May 14): The Latino Film Festival screens Carlos Bolado's Under California, the Limit of Time (1998), following a man down the coastline as he searches for his grandmother's grave. $8 6, 8 p.m.

THURSDAY (May 15): The S.F. Cinematheque sponsors "Fresh Eyes," a program of new work by young artists. Chicago-based "alchemist" Deborah Stratman in person with her "landscape X-rays" of Iceland, suburbs, and power grids Palimpsest, In Order Not to Be Here, and more. $7 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (May 16): "On Fire," a monthlong series of recent Korean films, screens a program of highlights from the Busan Asian International Short Film Festival 7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY (May 20): San Francisco Performances Dance/Screen offers a program of "International Dance Films." $6 7 p.m.


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