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Danish film-artist Jesper Just may not receive the same publicity as his more widely known contemporary Matthew Barney, but he’s not about to make his themes any less private. Just, who tonight will screen and discuss his new trilogy, It Will All End in Tears, deconstructs pop standards, reconstructs specific shots from other filmmakers and presents lingering glances between older guys and regular leading man Johannes Lilleore. The films in the new trilogy are set in distinct locations—a “Japanese’’ garden, a courtroom, and a roof—yet have recurring motifs. In addition to Lilleore, there are repeat appearances by rose petals and the Finnish Screaming Men’s Choir (pick hit: “I’ve Got You Under My Skin’’). Consummately staged and filmed, the three shorts draw the viewer in—partway. And that’s the fundamental thing that Just and Barney’s films share: However beguiling their surfaces, their essence remains hidden. The films show at 7 p.m. at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s Ring Auditorium, 7th Street & Independence Avenue SW. Free. (202) 357-2700. (Mark Jenkins)