The San Francisco Silent Film Festival presents “Winter Event,” a daylong celebration of silent cinema on Saturday. Programs include “It’s Mutual,” a selection of Charlie Chaplin shorts, at 1 p.m.; “L’Argent” (1928), Marcel L’Herbier’s adaptation of Emile Zola’s novel, at 3:30 p.m.; an King Vidor’s “La Boheme” (1926), at 8 p.m. Films are the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco. Tickets are $12 to $17. Visit www.silentfilm.org or www.castrotheatre.com.
The Last Train From Bay Meadows
The documentary about the longest continually operated thoroughbred racetrack in California, screens at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Fox Theater, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City. Tickets are $10 for the film only and $25 for the film plus a reception across the street at the San Mateo County History Museum. An RSVP is required by today. The event kicks off the exhibit “Broads, Bootleggers, and Bookies” at the museum. Call (650) 299-0104, ext. 229, or visit www.historysmc.org for more information.
Scary Cow Independent Film Festival
The Scary Cow co-op presents its 13th indie film festival, offering a chance to watch short films by local filmmakers and vote for the best of the lot. Those whose films receive the most votes will receive budgets for future projects. The show is at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco. Admission is $15 to $50. Visit www.scarycow.com or www.castrotheatre.com.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Claude Lanzmann’s 9½-hour landmark documentary screens in a new 35mm print. The acclaimed film is a monumental epic on the Holocaust featuring interviews with survivors, bystanders and perpetrators. The film screens in two parts, beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F. Tickets are $12-$24. Call (415) 978-2787 or visit www.ybca.org.
Through a story of a love affair between two married Milanese professionals and the guilt, anxiety and obstacles that result, this Italian drama measures the emotional costs of adultery. Not rated. At the Sundance Kabuki Cinema.