Danish director Lars von Triers best films explore the human psyche on the edge of reason. Like his characters, von Trier can be a prickly, unlikable cynic. Its surprising, then, to watch his office-bound comedy, The Boss of It All
-- which happens to be the filmmakers most humane movie. An IT-company owner hires an unemployed actor to play the phantom boss nobodys ever seen. Soon, the self-important thespian (who preps for his role by smudging his face with soot) realizes hes there to enforce the real chiefs dirty work -- like selling the operation and firing the entire staff. Von Trier has the most fun hes ever had with a film.
Fri., Aug. 10, 7 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 11, 9 p.m.