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Film Picks: Playtime: The Complete Works Of Jacques Tati, Pakistani Film Festival and more

PHOTOS: EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL, NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE, PAKISTANI FILM FESTIVAL

PLAYTIME: THE COMPLETE WORKS OF JACQUES TATI

In Playtime (above, 124 minutes, 1967, rating to be advised) French comedian and film-maker Jacques Tati is once again Monsieur Hulot, a well-meaning man who attracts chaos. Tati was a master of physical comedy whose legacy lives on in the work of Rowan Atkinson's Mr Bean and others who rely on deadpan humour conveyed wordlessly. This celebration of Tati at the National Museum brings together all six of his feature films and includes discussions with scholars and a children's mime comedy performance. Held as part of the Voilah! French Festival.

WHEN: Tomorrow to June 4 WHERE: National Museum of Singapore Gallery Theatre, 93 Stamford Road MRT: Bras Basah ADMISSION: Free INFO: Tickets available at peatix.com/group/50483/events

PAKISTANI FILM FESTIVAL

In its closing week, the festival will screen Moor (87 minutes, 2015, rating to be advised), a drama about the problems faced by a widowed man (Hameed Sheikh) trying to hold on to land in a dry, remote area of Baluchistan province, while facing harassment from local gangs. His son (Shaz Khan, above) leaves the ancestral home for the capital Karachi and finds problems of his own. Moor was Pakistan's entry to last year's Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category. 

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WHEN: Till Sunday, various times WHERE: Carnival Cinemas, 02-30A Shaw Tower, 100 Beach Road MRT: Bugis ADMISSION: $10 INFO: Call 9660-0665 or 9296-9788 for bookings or see carnivalcinemas.sg

MEXICAN FILM FESTIVAL

The premise of opening film Desierto (NC16, 88 minutes, 2015) could have been lifted from news headlines. It is a thriller starring Gael Garcia Bernal as a man trying to cross the United States border illegally, pursued with deadly intent by a racist (The Walking Dead's Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Jonas Cuaron, son of Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity, 2013; Children Of Men, 2006), makes his feature debut.

 
 
 

WHEN: June 1 to 6 WHERE: The Projector, 05-00 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road MRT: Nicoll Highway ADMISSION: $11.50 INFO: For schedule and bookings, see theprojector.sg/category/specialevents/mexicanfilmfestival/

EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL

The festival will close with a range of award-winning films, including Marshland (above, NC16, 105 minutes, 2014), a crime thriller showered with prizes from around the world. Set in the 1980s, two cops (Javier Gutierrez and Raul Arevalo) race against time to find a killer on a spree.

WHEN: Till Sunday WHERE: National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew's Road MRT: City Hall ADMISSION: $12 INFO: For schedule and bookings, see www.sistic.com.sg/events/ceuff0517

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 19, 2017, with the headline 'Film Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe