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Film Picks: The Projector's Icelandic special, Mad World, Despicable Me 3 and Miss Kiet's Children

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ICELANDIC SPECIAL

To mark Iceland's National Day, The Projector will screen two films - one about a feud and the other, a music documentary.

The drama Rams (M18, 93 minutes) won the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Two estranged brothers, both sheep farmers, are hit by tragedy. Will their misery warm up their icy relationship?

In the concert movie-travelogue Sigur Ros: Heima (PG, 97 minutes), the band Sigur Ros return to their homeland to give free shows and explore abandoned places.

WHERE: The Projector, Level 5 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road MRT: Nicoll Highway WHEN: From tomorrow, various times ADMISSION: $13.50 INFO: theprojector.sg

John Lui


MAD WORLD (PG13)

101 minutes/ 4 stars

Director Wong Chun's compassionate debut on the topic of mental illness is part of a fine tradition of socially conscious films from Hong Kong.

After he is discharged from a mental health institution, Tung (Shawn Yue, left, with Elaine Jin, who plays his mother) moves in with his father (Eric Tsang) and reaches out to his former fiancee, Jenny (Charmaine Fong). But he decides to stop taking his medication.

Without making this a preachy "issues" film, Wong depicts the intolerance and fear of mental illness, but does not pretend there are easy remedies.

Boon Chan


DESPICABLE ME 3 (PG)

90 minutes/ 3 1/2 stars

Three movies in and this series has settled on a nice mix of breezy tone, funny gags and sweet moments.

Evil-turned-good Gru's (voiced by Steve Carell) nemesis here is a bitter former television child star, Balthazar Bratt (voiced by Trey Parker), who is determined to relive his glory days in dastardly ways.

The opening sequence alone is enough to raise some smiles as Bratt pulls off a heist to the soundtrack of Michael Jackson's irrepressible hit, Bad. The period details of the 1980s child star's get-up are perfect - from the flat top mullet haircut to the over-the-top shoulder pads. And the querulous minions (right) are still a blast in little, manic doses.

Boon Chan


MISS KIET'S CHILDREN (PG)

115 minutes

In a school in the Netherlands, child refugees from Syria and Iraq are placed in the same class, taught by one Miss Kiet.

 
 
 

Documentary-makers Petra Lataster-Czisch and Peter Lataster follow the children (above) inside and outside of class, to make what The Guardian calls an "engrossing, tender and shrewdly observed" film.

Screened as part of The O.P.E.N., which precedes the Singapore International Festival of Arts.

WHERE: The Projector MRT: Nicoll Highway WHEN: July 1, 3pm ADMISSION: $45 for an O.P.E.N Pass, valid for six films; $10 for a single-entry ticket INFO: www.sifa.sg/theopen

John Lui

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 23, 2017, with the headline 'Film Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe