Often compared to directors like François Truffaut and Woody Allen, and one of the best filmmakers working today, Arnaud Desplechin (Kings and Queen, My Sex Life . . . Or How I Got Into an Argument) often cites Truffaut’s maxim—four ideas every minute—as the secret to his success. Tonight, he comes to BAM to screen and discuss two of his favorite films, which undoubtedly hold true to this philosophy. First up at 6:15 is Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums, which Desplechin has said was a major influence on his 2008 family drama A Christmas Tale (it’s all about the father-son matching tracksuits, isn’t it, Mr. Desplechin?). At 9:30, catch Truffaut’s 1969 film Mississippi Mermaid (1969), which stars Desplechin’s regular, Catherine Deneuve, as the mail-order bride of a lonely tobacco farmer (Jean-Paul Belmondo) who runs off with his money.

Wed., July 1, 6:15 & 9:30 p.m., 2009