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Film Picks: Singapore International Festival Of Arts The O.p.e.n.

Sixty Six
Sixty SixPHOTOS: OPEN 2016, THE PROJECTOR, GOLDEN VILLAGE PICTURES, SHAW ORGANISATION

SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS THE O.P.E.N.

The pre-festival section, The O.P.E.N., traditionally features fiction films and documentaries with bold, often experimental storytelling styles.

American artist Lewis Klahr's Sixty Six (rating TBC, 90 minutes, 2015) is a series of vignettes about a woman's life, told in magazine and comic-book cutouts and music.

For movie-lovers with stamina, there is the Arabian Nights Trilogy (2015) from Portuguese film-maker Miguel Gomes, fairy-tale stories that address the turbulence of present-day Portugal. Each film clocks in at more than two hours and all three will be screened on June 25 in sequence from 3pm at The Projector.

WHERE: Various locations WHEN: June 22 - July 9 ADMISSION: O.P.E.N. Pass, $45 for all programmes via Sistic. $10 at the door Registration required before entry INFO: For details and schedule, go to www.sifa.sg

John Lui


APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD (PG)

106 minutes/ 3.5 stars

The world is stuck in the Industrial Revolution era, when wood and coal are the main sources of power.

When April's (Angela Galuppo) scientist parents are suddenly killed, she tries to carry on their research in secret in Paris, until she uncovers a much larger conspiracy.

Marrying legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki's fantastically weird inventions with Tintin creator Herge's ligne claire, or "clear line" drawing style, this story, taken from French comics artist Jacques Tardi's work, is as vividly told as it is beautiful to look at.

Not produced with a younger audience in mind, this work is a complex and intelligent film that requires some understanding of history and science to be fully appreciated.

Yip Wai Yee


SUNDAYS WITH FRENCH CINEMA

The music-themed line-up continues with Eden (M18, 2014, 130 minutes), a critically acclaimed work that dives into the club scene of the 1990s. Paul (Felix de Givry, photo) is a DJ caught in the euphoria of the electronic dance scene. He rides the House wave, but finds that success in the club comes with a price.

WHERE: The Projector, 6001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Tower, 05-00 MRT: Nicoll Highway ADMISSION: $10 INFO: For tickets and schedule, go to theprojector.sg

John Lui


THE NICE GUYS (M18)

116 minutes/ 4 stars

Shane Black, Hollywood's king of bickering-buddy pictures, returns to the Los Angeles noir territory he covered in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005).

It is the 1970s and Holland March (Ryan Gosling, photo) is a private detective. Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) is a bully who roughs up other bullies for a living. The men are enemies, but have to work together to look into the disappearance of an actress, Amelia (Margaret Qualley).

The things that fans like about Kiss Kiss are as follows: This is a two-hander, in which men express affection by taking digs at each other. Their schemes always work, but never in the way they intend, and every scene pays off with a joke. Gosling and Crowe give charming performances.

John Lui

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 10, 2016, with the headline 'Film Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe