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Film Picks: John Lui recommends the French Animation Film Festival and Loveless

PHOTOS: FRENCH ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL, ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL, MEXICAN FILM FESTIVAL, THE PROJECTOR

FRENCH ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL

The seventh edition of the French Animation Film Festival opens today.

One of the films that will be screened is a French-Japanese dark comedy (NC16, 90 minutes, above) with an unprintable name.

It is about delivery boy Angelino, who is trapped in a crime-ridden Californian megapolis of the future and begins seeing visions after a road accident.

Drawn in a style that blends anime with street art and comic-book graphics, this film sold out quickly when it premiered at last year's Singapore International Film Festival.

WHERE: Alliance Francaise de Singapour, 1 Sarkies Road MRT: Newton WHEN: Today to Sunday, various times ADMISSION: From $13 from alliancefrancaise.org.sg


MEXICAN FILM FESTIVAL 2018

Among the offerings at the festival - jointly presented by the Embassy of Mexico, The Projector and the NUS Office of Alumni Relations - is the comedy, You're Killing Me Susana (M18, 100 minutes).

Eligio (Gael Garcia Bernal) is an actor who thinks the rules of fidelity in marriage apply only to his wife Susana (Veronica Echegui, both above). Fed up of his dalliances, she disappears, leaving him to track her to a writers' workshop in the middle of the United States. He discovers that finding her and persuading her to return to Mexico are two different things.

Director Roberto Sneider will be present for a question-and-answer session after the screening.

WHERE: The Projector, Level 5 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road MRT: Nicoll Highway WHEN: June 7, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $13.50 INFO: theprojector.sg


LOVELESS (R21)

127 minutes/4 stars

In this emotionally searing drama from Russia, nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language category at this year's Academy Awards, a boy watches as his divorcing parents openly express contempt for each other amid a divorce.

As Zhenya (Maryana Spivak) and Boris (Aleksey Rozin) battle over their divorce terms and become involved in other relationships, their son Alyosha (Matvey Novikov, above) vanishes.

WHERE: The Projector, Level 5 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road MRT: Nicoll Highway WHEN: Tomorrow and June 17, 5pm ADMISSION: $13.50 INFO: theprojector.sg


ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL

This year's edition opens, appropriately, with Italian Race (NC16, 119 minutes), a drama about a family whose fortunes are bound to the Italian GT Championship.

Giulia (Matilda De Angelis) has to take her family's racing team. To make matters worse, her estranged brother, the skilled but unstable driver Loris (Stefano Accorsi, above right) shows up.

WHERE: GV Plaza, Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road MRT: Dhoby Ghaut WHEN: June 4 to 9, various times ADMISSION: $13.50 from gv.com.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 25, 2018, with the headline 'Film Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe