The annual Minneapolis Hitchcock Festival demonstrates how the director’s exquisitely composed films still have the power to beguile viewers with heart-pounding journeys into the darkest corners of the imagination. Drawing attention to some of Hitch’s lesser-seen work, the festival offers The Pleasure Garden (1925), the director’s auspicious debut involving the ordeals of two aspiring chorus girls; The 39 Steps (1935), the prototypical tale of a wrongly accused man on the run, and The Lady Vanishes (1938), a mystery yarn involving an elderly woman who inexplicably disappears from a moving train. Other highlights include Rebecca (1940), the unsettling tale of a newlywed who finds her marriage haunted by the sinister presence of her husband’s deceased first wife; Spellbound (1945), a feverish thriller entangling a suspected murderer and his psychiatrist; and Stage Fright (1950), wherein an actress attempts to exonerate a friend wanted for the murder of his lover’s husband. Even more homicidal hijinks emerge with Dial M for Murder (1954) with a scoundrel plotting the murder of his wife; Vertigo (1958), a disorienting study of terminal obsession; and Marnie (1964), a torrid tale of fraudulent identities and repressed memories. Find tickets and more info at www.trylon.org. $8-$12. Films screen at Trylon Cinema (3258 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis), Riverview Theater (3800 42nd Ave. S., Minneapolis), and Heights Theater (3951 Central Ave. NE, Columbia Heights).