Aug. 15--Hitchcock Silents: If you missed June's glorious event at the Castro Theatre -- the British Film Institute-restored prints of all nine surviving silent films by Alfred Hitchcock -- you have another chance in Berkeley the next two weeks. Although only two of the nine are suspense films, the visual inventiveness that Hitchcock possessed during this period is startling. Rather than old films, these should be considered young films -- the films of a daring young filmmaker. Hitchcock was in his 20s when he made all nine, which represent 17 percent of his 53 films that survive (a 10th silent, "The Mountain Eagle," appears to be lost). "The Lodger" (7 p.m. Friday) was considered by some critics at the time the greatest British film ever made, and Hitchcock was celebrated as an edgy up-and-comer much the way David Fincher was after "Seven" and Christopher Nolan after "Memento." Friday through Aug. 31 at the Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. (510) 642-1124. www.bampfa.berkeley.edu.
"Tiny Times" and "Tiny Times 2": The biggest hit of the summer in China is the controversial chick flick "Tiny Times," described as "The Devil Wears Prada," meets "Sex and the City" meets "The Bling Ring." Now its sequel is a hit, and it opens within just a few days after it opened in China. Both open Friday at the Presidio Theatre, 2340 Chestnut St., S.F. (415) 776-2388; www.lntsf.com.
Matatu Film Festival: What are matatu? It's a Swahili word for minibuses, privately owned, jam-packed taxis that are prevalent in East African nations. The inaugural Matatu Film Festival, then, is a five-film, three-day event featuring stories concerned with global journeys of humility, pride, resistance and faith, from post-Duvalier Haitian immigrants living in Brooklyn ("Stones in the Sun," 7 p.m. Thursday) to stories of black-on-black gentrification in South Africa ("Dear Mandela," 9 p.m. Saturday) to one man's process of coming to peace on his last day on earth ("Tey," 9 p.m. Saturday). At the New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St., Oakland. www.broaklyn.org.
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