Popcorn & Candy: Why is My Body Roughing It Edition

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(Bleecker Street)

LEAVE NO TRACE

Teenaged Tom (Thomasin McKenzie) and her father Will (Ben Foster) live and thrive in the woods of the Pacific Northwest but struggle when they are forced to live in conventional society. Director Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone) paints a delicate picture of a father-daughter relationship in isolated, rural communities. Their life off the grid is depicted without condescension or sensationalism–a less subtle movie would have been far more heavy-handed about the father-and-daughter’s encounters with technology; what most flummoxes Will is the bureaucratic intrusiveness of an impersonal personality questionnaire. The restrained lead performances, especially from newcomer McKenzie, carry the movie’s unobtrusive, naturalistic observances.

Watch the trailer.
Opens today at Landmark E Street Cinema, Landmark Bethesda Row, AMC Shirlington, and Angelika Mosaic.

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RYUCHI SAKAMOTO: CODA

As part of its Wednesday Signature Series program, the Avalon will be screening the new documentary of the prolific and versatile Japanese musician, whose career includes collaborations with David Bowie and Michael Jackson. Director Stephen Nomura Schible will appear for a Q&A.  The movie isn’t currently slated for a commercial run in the DC area, so this may be your only chance to see it theatrically.

Watch the trailer.
Wednesday, July 11 at 8 pm at the Avalon.

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SANSHO THE BAILIFF

You’ll have to take a long lunch to see it, but next Wednesday’s the Freer’s Japanese Classics series brings a 35mm print of  Kenji Mizoguchi’s 1954 classic. Based on Saikaku’s classic tale of a samurai’s daughter (Kinuyo Tanaka) who falls from grace and the upper class. New Yorker film critic Anthony Lane wrote, “I have seen Sansho only once, a decade ago, emerging from the cinema a broken man but calm in my conviction that I had never seen anything better; I have not dared watch it again, reluctant to ruin the spell, but also because the human heart was not designed to weather such an ordeal.”

Wednesday, July 11 at 2 pm at the Freer. Free.

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FRENZY

The National Gallery of Art’s centennial tribute to Ingmar Bergman continues this weekend with this early screenwriting credit from 1944. It’s a coming-of-age tale as only Bergman, who was 25 at the time, could have envisioned, “charting the ill-fated romance between painfully adolescent Jan-Erik (Alf Kjellin) and older, alcoholic widow-turned-hooker Bertha (Mai Zetterling), whose lover is Jan-Erik’s sadistic Latin teacher Caligula. Also screening is Crisis, Bergman’s 1945 directorial debut, about which he wrote, “I knew nothing . . . and felt like a crazy cat in a ball of yarn.”

Frenzy screens Saturday, July 7 at 12:30 pm, followed by Crisis at 2:30 pm at the National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium.

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ENIGMA ROSSO

Director Alberto Negrin’s 1978 giallo, which also goes by the more lurid titles Virgin Killer and Rings of Fear, stars Fabio Testi (Go Gorilla Go) as a sleazy inspector investigating the brutal murder of a 16-year-old schoolgirl.  A presentation of the Washington Psychotronic Film Society.

Watch the trailer.
Monday, July 9 at 8 pm at Smoke and Barrel.

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