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Film Picks: Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World (R21)


PHOTOS: SCUM CINEMA, KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL, GOLDEN VILLAGE, PERSPECTIVES FILM FESTIVAL

DARK STAR: H.R. GIGER'S WORLD (R21)

95 minutes

The nightmares of Swiss artist H.R. Giger (above) animated the extraterrestrials in Ridley Scott's Alien (1979) and his "biomechanoid" paintings of human-machine-phallus hybrids have appeared on rock albums and countless bedroom posters as well as inspired a devoted following.

This documentary, completed shortly before his death last year, invites the viewer into his studio and - if you can handle it - his psychosexual obsessions.

This screening is the first in the ScumScope festival, organised by thriller-horror fan group Scum.

WHERE: The Projector, Level 5, Golden Mile Tower, Beach Road MRT: Nicoll Highway WHEN: Thursday, 8pm ADMISSION: $13 INFO: Festival details and bookings at scumcinema.com


KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL 2015

The Asian equivalent of the true-life chess drama Pawn Sacrifice, which is in cinemas, might be The Divine Move (NC16, 117 minutes), a crime thriller set in the world of high-stakes baduk, a board game known in the West as Go.

The movie, starring veteran actor Jung Woo Sung, was a hit in South Korea.

The festival will also screen Northern Limit Line (left), a re-creation of a tense naval standoff that happened in 2002, when South Korea was gripped by World Cup fever.

WHERE: Shaw Theatres Lido MRT: Orchard WHEN: Oct 23 - Nov 1 ADMISSION: $10 INFO: For tickets and schedules, go to shaw.sg


THE 7TH LOVE & PRIDE FESTIVAL

The slate this year has a mix of premieres and older films. New releases include Summer ( R21, 89 minutes, left), a gentle coming-of-age story in which two young Dutch women have to deal with the consequences of their relationship in a small town.

Opening film Baby Steps (R21, 102 minutes) is a comedy-drama about Taiwanese-American man Dan (Barney Cheng) who wants to have a baby with his partner through surrogacy.

The festival also sees second runs of acclaimed biopics such as The Imitation Game (NC16, 14 minutes) and Saint Laurent (R21, 151 minutes).

WHERE: GV Suntec City & GV Grand at Great World City MRT: Various WHEN: Today - Oct 18 ADMISSION: $35 for opening film, $18 for closing film Stonewall, $15 for others INFO: For bookings and schedules, go to gv.com.sg


PERSPECTIVES FILM FESTIVAL 2015

This festival, now in its eighth year, continues its themes of personal and social liberation with its opening film, the Canadian drama Mommy (M18, 139 minutes, 2014), winner of the Jury Prize at last year's Cannes Film Festival.

In this French-language work, a single mother has her hands full when her troubled, violent son is expelled from state care.

British director Martin Rosen, director of the highly acclaimed feature Watership Down (PG, 1978, left), will conduct an animation masterclass as well as a question-and-answer session after the screening.

WHERE: National Museum Of Singapore MRT: Bras Basah/ Dhoby Ghaut/City Hall WHEN: Oct 15 - 18 ADMISSION: $12 for single screenings, $48 for a festival pass to all seven films, $15 for animation masterclass INFO: For schedule, go to perspectivefilmfestival.com

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 09, 2015, with the headline '(No headline) - JOPICKS09'. Print Edition | Subscribe