At BAMcinemaFest, Provocations Old and New


A scene from “Kids,” Larry Clark’s raw and unsettling 1995 film.

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Nicely synced to summer, BAMcinemaFest again provides a lineup of new films that easily outdistances the multiplex these days. (Among them are Chad Gracia’s documentary “Russian Woodpecker,” an award-winning investigation of the Chernobyl disaster, and “The Invitation,” a drawing-room thriller by Karyn Kusama, who directed “Jennifer’s Body.”  Both will be screened on Friday.)

 But it may be two movies from the 1990s that best capture the season and its attitudes. Twenty years on, “Kids” — Larry Clark’s one-summer-day sexual scavenger hunt by a city teenager (Leo Fitzpatrick) infected with H.I.V. — remains unnervingly raw. (Mr. Fitzpatrick, Chloë Sevigny and Rosario Dawson, who all had debuts in the film, will join Mr. Clark and Harmony Korine, the screenplay’s author, in a Q. and A.) Less corrosive is Richard Linklater’s sweetly amusing “Slacker,” about fringe characters in Austin, Tex., the aunts and uncles of Brooklyn’s artisanal generation. Both will be shown on Thursday, with “Slacker” a free outdoor screening in Brooklyn Bridge Park. (

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