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Film Picks: Blue Velvet, The Red Turtle and more

PHOTOS: CINEPOLIS DISTRIBUCION, THE PROJECTOR

BLUE VELVET (M18)

120 minutes

A fan of crime drama Fargo and Marvel superhero story Legion? Both owe a debt to film-maker David Lynch and his seminal crime series Twin Peaks (1990-1991), a show that introduced to small-screen storytelling the concepts of surrealism and dream imagery, especially of the nightmarish kind.

To mark the return of Twin Peaks to television, Lynch's Blue Velvet (1986) - the story of a college student (Kyle McLachlan, who also stars in Twin Peaks), a nightclub singer (Isabella Rossellini, above right), a gas-huffing psychopath (the late Dennis Hopper, above left) and a severed ear discovered in the grass - is back for a screening.

WHERE: The Projector, 05-00 Golden Mile Tower, Beach Road MRT: Bras Basah WHEN: Tomorrow, 9 pm ADMISSION: $13.50 INFO: theprojector.sg


THE RED TURTLE (PG)

The story of a castaway is told through the lens of magical realism and illustrated by mostly hand-drawn animation.

Wordless, dream-like and minimalist, this 2016 film from London-based Dutch animator Michael Dudok De Wit was in the running for a Best Animated Feature Oscar, but was beaten by Zootopia.

It premiered here at an animation festival, but is now back on a regular run at The Projector.

WHERE: The Projector MRT: Bras Basah WHEN: Till Wednesday, various times ADMISSION: $13.50 INFO: theprojector.sg


MEXICAN FILM FESTIVAL 2017

In director Katina Medina Mora's second feature, You'll Know What To Do With Me (M18, 88 minutes, 2015), a man and woman (played by Pablo Derqui and Ilse Salas, both above) have a chance encounter and fall in love. But as time passes, currents emerge and threaten to pull them apart.

Mora will be in Singapore to answer questions after the screening.

WHERE: The Projector MRT: Bras Basah WHEN: June 2, 8pm; and June 4, 2pm ADMISSION: $11.50 INFO: theprojector.sg/category/specialevents/mexicanfilmfestival/


PLAYTIME: THE COMPLETE WORKS OF JACQUES TATI

French comedian and film-maker Jacques 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 his feature films and includes discussions with scholars and a children's mime comedy programme.

Held as part of the Voilah! French Festival.

WHERE: Gallery Theatre, Basement, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road MRT: City Hall WHEN:Till June 4 ADMISSION: Free INFO: peatix.com/group/50483/events

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 26, 2017, with the headline 'Film Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe