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Ari Aster's 'Midsommar' Nightmare

A scene from Ari Aster's
A scene from Ari Aster's "Midsommar."
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Summertime, And the Living Ain't Easy

(Start at 7:45)

Writer/director Ari Aster's feature film debut, "Hereditary," became an indie horror hit back in 2018. Before that first film was released, Aster had already begun production on his next film, "Midsommar." It's a story about a young couple — Dani and Christian — whose relationship is on shaky ground. After a family tragedy keeps them together, Dani (Florence Pugh) tags along with Christian (Jack Reynor) on a trip to a remote Swedish village to attend a midsummer festival that only happens every 90 years. Inspired by a breakup he was going through, Aster set out to make a movie about a breakup that also fit squarely within the folk horror genre. Aster spoke with The Frame about "Midsommar," the extensive research that went into it, and why he says he may be the least qualified person to talk about what the film means.

Where Have All The Moviegoers Gone?

(Starts at :45)

The summer box office season so far has been rougher than expected — down almost 10% from last year — as proven franchises underperform and original hits are nearly extinct. Pamela McClintock talks with John Horn about her reporting on the story.

Keeping a composer's music alive

The American maverick composer Harry Partch may not be a household name, but his visionary approach to music-making is still being celebrated long after his passing. The L.A.-based Grammy Award-winning Partch Ensemble just released a new album of his music. The Frame contributor Betto Arcos has the story.