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TAMPOPO 1985

The tale of an eccentric band of culinary ronin who guide the widow of a noodle-shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, this rapturous “ramen western” by Japanese director Juzo Itami is an entertaining, genre-bending adventure underpinned by a deft satire of the way social conventions distort the most natural of human urges—our appetites. Interspersing the efforts of Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto) and friends to make her café a success with the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster and glimpses of food culture both high and low, the sweet, sexy, and surreal Tampopo is a lavishly inclusive paean to the sensual joys of nourishment, and one of the most mouthwatering examples of food on film ever made. (Criterion Collection)

Friday, December 1

Sunday, December 3

Director: Juzo Itami

Starring: Nobuko Miyamoto, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ken Watanabe

Runtime: 115 min., Japan

Language: Japanese w/ English subtitles

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LET THE RIGHT ONE IN 2008

A 12-year-old boy befriends a mysterious young girl whose appearance in town suspiciously coincides with a horrifying series of murders in director Tomas Alfredson’s adaptation of the book by author John Ajvide Lindqvist, who also wrote the screenplay. Oskar is a young boy who can’t seem to shake off the local bullies, but all of that begins to change when a new neighbor moves in next door. After striking up an innocent friendship with his eccentric next-door neighbor, Oskar realizes that she is the vampire responsible for the recent rash of deaths around town. Despite the danger, however, Oskar’s friendship with the girl ultimately takes precedence over his fear of her.

Friday, December 8

Saturday, December 9

Director: Tomas Alfredson

Starring: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar

Runtime: 114 min., Sweden

Language: Swedish w/ English subtitles

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