Film Picks: Cartoons Underground

Merlot
MerlotPHOTO: CARTOONS UNDERGROUND
Diving Into The Unknown
Diving Into The UnknownPHOTO: FINNISH FILM FESTIVAL
Polina, Danser Sa Vie
Polina, Danser Sa ViePHOTO: THE PROJECTOR
Don't Call Me Son
Don't Call Me SonPHOTO: LOVE & PRIDE FILM FESTIVAL

John Lui Film Correspondent recommends

CARTOONS UNDERGROUND

The sixth edition of this animation festival, billed as South-east Asia's largest, will feature 13 short films selected from submissions from all over the world.

The shorts include Merlot, which is from Italy and is about a grandmother who loses a bottle of wine, leading to a series of comedic events.

WHERE: Kult Kafe, 11 Upper Wilkie Road WHEN: Oct 21, 6pm ADMISSION: Free with registration INFO: cartoonsunderground.com


FINNISH FILM FESTIVAL

Thalassophobics, stay away. In the documentary Diving Into The Unknown (PG13, 102 minutes), Finnish cave divers plunge into an icy abyss to retrieve the bodies of dead friends, at enormous risk to their own lives.

This film and five others are part of the first Finnish festival of films, organised by the Embassy of Finland, the Finnish Film Foundation and others.

WHERE: The Projector, Level 5 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road WHEN: Thu to Oct 15, various times ADMISSION: $13.50 INFO: theprojector.sg/category/ fiff2017/


CINEDA:NS

This year's festival of films celebrating dance concludes this week with French drama Polina, Danser Sa Vie (PG13, 112 minutes).

Promising Russian ballerina Polina (Anastasia Shevtsova), to the shock of her teachers, abandons her classical training for contemporary dance, moving to France to train under the famed Liria (Juliette Binoche).

WHERE: The Projector, Level 5 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road WHEN: Till Sunday, various times ADMISSION: $13.50 INFO: theprojector.sg/category/cinedans/


LOVE & PRIDE FILM FESTIVAL

Back for its ninth edition, this festival focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and questioning themes.

In the Brazilian drama Don't Call Me Son (R21, 82 minutes), Felipe (Naomi Nero), a teen questioning his gender identity, finds out the truth of his biological parentage, leading to even more confusion in his life.

WHERE: Various Golden Village cinemas WHEN: Till Sunday, various times ADMISSION: $13 INFO: gv.com.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 06, 2017, with the headline 'Film Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe