Yip Wai Yee and John Lui recommend

Film Picks: Mexican Film Festival

Christopher Ruiz-Esparza
Christopher Ruiz-EsparzaPHOTOS: HBO, MEXICAN FILM FESTIVAL
Michael Shannon
Michael ShannonPHOTOS: HBO, MEXICAN FILM FESTIVAL

MEXICAN FILM FESTIVAL

Mexico's Diego Luna is best known as the star of films such as Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), but see how he fares as a film-maker with Abel (2010), his directorial feature debut.

In this drama, the titular boy (Christopher Ruiz-Esparza), who is nine, imagines he is the head of his household in his father's absence.

The film is part of the Mexican Film Festival, which is showing a number of acclaimed films from the country.

WHERE: The Projector, Level 5 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road MRT: Nicoll Highway WHEN: June 10, 2pm ADMISSION: $13.50 INFO: theprojector.sg

Yip Wai Yee


FAHRENHEIT 451 (NC16)

100 mins/ 3 stars

In this adaptation of the 1953 classic novel of the same name by Ray Bradbury, books have been banned in the world of the future because they contain dangerous, socially destabilising ideas.

Under the command of Captain Beatty (Michael Shannon), it is the job of the firemen to burn - in a public spectacle - any remaining books. Guy Montag (Michael B. Jordan) is a young fireman whose affection for the rebellious Clarisse (Sofia Boutella) leads him down a dangerous path.

This is Bradbury's parable about censorship illustrated as an action movie, with Black Mirror-tinged updates about artificial intelligence, public shaming on the Internet and the dumbing down of society.

John Lui


ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL

After a passionate one-night stand with a handsome stranger (Alessandro Borghi ), Adriana (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) is eager to see him again on a proper date. When he does not show up, she believes he just flaked out - until she gets word that he has been found dead.

The film Naples In Veils, which won the Italian Academy Award David di Donatello 2018 for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction, is part of the Italian Film Festival, which kicks off today.

WHERE: Various locations, including The Projector and Golden Village Plaza Singapura MRT: Various WHEN: Till June 9, various times ADMISSION: $13.50 from The Projector or Golden Village box offices INFO: www.ambsingapore.esteri.it

Yip Wai Yee

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 01, 2018, with the headline 'Film Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe