Leave No Trace (2018, Debra Granik)


One of the more pressing concerns of any narrative film is the representation of the environment – in purely geographic terms – that surrounds the characters and plot. In the hands of a carefully attuned director, the setting can (and almost always should) inflect and influence the mood of the film and the course of the events, drawing upon a landscape in order to reflect upon whatever conflicts or crises the figures are involved in. Such an ideal seems to apply to such a film as Leave No Trace, directed and co-written by Debra Granik.

Granik, whose last narrative feature film was the widely lauded Winter’s Bone back in 2010, seems to have developed this sense of location and place as her professed metier: her previous film derived much of its critical cachet from its hard-nosed portrayal of the Ozarks and the people that inhabited it. In a similar vein, Leave No Trace is defined by its primary (though crucially not sole) location: the forests of Oregon and Washington, especially an unspecified public park outside Portland.

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Friday June 29 – Thursday July 5

Featured Film:

Cold Water at the Grand Illusion

There’s some good stuff out there this week, including a pair of highly anticipated Chinese films at the Pacific Place (Herman Yau’s The Leakers and Han Yan’s Animal World) and Richard Lester’s A Hard Day’s Night at the Ark Lodge, but the restoration of Olivier Assayas’s Cold Water at the Grand Illusion is a film I’ve been looking forward to seeing for a very long time (not even Scarecrow had it, if I remember correctly). The celebrated French dirctor’s first big film, it stars Virginie Ledoyen (a couple of years before she stole Edward Yang’s Mahjong) in a semi-autobiographical teen coming-of-age type story, a story Assayas would continue almost a decade later with 2012’s terrific Something in the Air.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Sanju (Rajkumar Hirani) Fri-Thurs

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

A Hard Day’s Night (Richard Lester, 1964) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

Top Gun (Tony Scott, 1986) Fri-Tues
Tank Girl (Rachel Talalay, 1995) Fri-Tues

SIFF Egyptian:

The Last Suit (Pablo Solarz) Fri-Thurs
Andy Irons: Kissed by God (Steve Jones & Todd Jones) Weds Only

Grand Cinema:

The Rider (Chloé Zhao) Fri-Thurs
The Seagull (Michael Mayer) Fri-Thurs
Hearts Beat Loud (Brett Haley) Fri-Thurs
The FP (Brandon Trost & Jason Trost, 2012) Sat Only
The 12th Man (Harald Zwart) Tues Only
What the Health (Kip Andersen & Keegan Kuhn) Thurs Only Free Screening

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Cold Water (Olivier Assayas) Fri-Tues, Thurs
The Misandrists (Bruce LaBruce) Sat-Tues, Thurs
The Workers Cup (Adam Sobel) Sun-Tues Only

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi (Tharun Bhascker Dhaassyam) Fri-Thurs
Sanju (Rajkumar Hirani) Fri-Thurs
Tik Tik Tik  (Shakti Soundar Rajan) Fri-Thurs

Regal Meridian:

Leave No Trace (Debra Granik) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Sanju (Rajkumar Hirani) Fri-Thurs

Northwest Film Forum:

The Gospel According to André (Kate Novack) Fri-Sun
Everything Else (Natalia Almada) Sat & Sun Only

AMC Pacific Place:

Animal World (Han Yan) Fri-Thurs
Lobster Cop (Li Xinyun) Fri-Thurs
American Animals (Bart Layton) Fri-Thurs
The Leakers (Herman Yau) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Race 3 (Remo D’Souza) Fri-Thurs
Sanju (Rajkumar Hirani) Fri-Thurs
American Animals (Bart Layton) Fri-Thurs

AMC Seattle:

First Reformed (Paul Schrader) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Other Review

SIFF Film Center:

Let the Sunshine In (Claire Denis) Fri-Thurs Our Review

SIFF Uptown:

Hearts Beat Loud (Brett Haley) Fri-Thurs
Whisper of the Heart (Yoshifumi Kondô, 1995) Sat Only Dubbed in English
Seattle Taiwanese American Film Festival Fri-Sun Full Program
Fireworks (Akiyuki Shinbo & Nobuyuki Takeuchi) Weds & Thurs Only

Varsity Theatre:

A Kid Like Jake (Silas Howard) Fri-Thurs

In Wide Release:

Ocean’s 8 (Gary Ross) Our Review
Solo (Ron Howard) Our Review
Avengers: Infinity War (Anthony & Joe Russo) Our Review
Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson) Our Review