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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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2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 464-5980, $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: Lila Says (Ziad Doueiri, France, 2004) 7:15, 9:40 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 29-Aug. 4): Ma Mère (Christophe Honoré, France, 2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.


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

THURSDAY (July 28): ATA's monthly "Open Screening" of your film epics, with advance submissions recommended. E-mail for submission info. Plus a live set by Soundtest. $3, free for exhibitors 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (July 29): The Free Form Film Festival opens a national tour with a program of "unique and eclectic" work 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (July 30): The Rough Cut Film Festival offers an evening of trailers, new and unfinished films, and demo tapes. See for more info 7 p.m.

TUESDAY (Aug. 2): The Oakland-based arts fest Bayennale screens short film programs all this week at ATA, starting with "8ish," Super 8 films presented by the Super 8 Militia of "urban guerilla filmmakers" who refuse to lay down their movie cameras and go digital. E-mail for more info 8 p.m.


3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts. See our Showtimes page for additional listings.

WEDNESDAY: After a long run, the two-part, six-hour The Best of Youth (Marco Tullio Giordana, Italy, 2003) closes today. Separate admission for each part. Part 1 4:15 p.m. Part 2 12:30, 8 p.m.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Machuca (Andrés Wood, Chile, 2004) noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20 p.m.

STARTS THURSDAY: Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus (Andrew Douglas, 2005); see Opening for review 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.


3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, for this series. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings (see Showtimes for listings), a "Midnight Mass" every Saturday this summer, hosted by Peaches Christ. $10.

SATURDAY (July 30): A drag queen roller derby precedes Roger Vadim's sex-fi spectacular Barbarella (France, 1968) midnight.


429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120,, $8 save as noted for regular programs; (925) 225-9490 and for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, $11 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: The 25th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival continues with 100 Children (Schwartz and Margolin, Israel) 12:30 p.m. Maidan, Nave of the World (Janelidze, Georgia) 3 p.m. Keep Not Silent (Alexander, Israel) 5:30 p.m. Campfire (Cedar, Israel) 8 p.m. Jericho's Echo (Nord, Israel) 10:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: Jewish Film Festival -- Agnes Varda's look at the hidden meanings of teddy bears, Ydessa, the Bears, and Etc. (France) 1:45 p.m. Anya (Marzynski) 3:30 p.m. Isn't This a Time! (Brown) 6 p.m. The closing-night film, Rashevski's Tango (Garbarski, Belgium), is followed by a dessert reception 8:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: A double bill of "Tippi" Hedren's two films directed by her cinematic discoverer, Alfred Hitchcock, The Birds (1963; noon, 7 p.m.) and Marnie (1964; 2:15, 10 p.m.). Hedren in person, for a reception 5:30 p.m. and an onstage interview by David Thomson 9:15 p.m.

SATURDAY: Two more Hitchcocks, Strangers on a Train (1951; 1:30, 7 p.m.) and Rope (1948; 3:25, 9:30 p.m. ), with first daughter Pat Hitchcock, and Laura Elliott (Farley Granger's straying wife in Strangers), interviewed by Jan Wahl between the two evening screenings.

SUNDAY: Hitchcock works out his issues with domineering women in Psycho (1960; 2:30, 7 p.m.) and Rebecca (1940; 4:30, 9:15 p.m.).

MONDAY: A 70mm film series opens with Hitchcock's Bay Area masterpiece Vertigo (1958) 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.

TUESDAY: A 70mm print of Stanley Kubrick's eye-popping 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 5, 8 p.m.


3158 Mission (at Precita near Cesar Chavez), 282-3325, Films often screen on this bar's outdoor patio (or indoors if it rains).

FRIDAY (July 29): El Rio's "Tema," a "Weekly World Music Dance Party," includes outdoor film screenings 8 p.m. $5 after 10 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): This Woody Allen character fell asleep in 1973 and has missed the past 32 years already. Lucky him! Sleeper screens through Aug. 14 "Starts at dusk."


3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568, This cafe for activists offers occasional film screenings.

WEDNESDAY (July 27): A weekly Arab Women Film Festival continues with Umm Kulthum: A Voice Like Egypt (Michal Goldman, Egypt, 1996), documenting the beloved singer. $5 suggested donation 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY (July 28): The Latino Film Festival screens ANC Hip Hop Revolution (Melina Fotiadi, Cuba/France, 2003), about a Cuban group's progress. $8 7:30 p.m.


549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, This single-screen art deco theater mixes new and repertory programming. $8 save as noted. The science-fiction series (Wednesday and Thursday) offers four films for $20.


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