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Film Picks: Rams, films at the O.P.E.N., and more

O.P.E.N. Films: Railway Sleepers
O.P.E.N. Films: Railway SleepersPHOTOS: ENCORE FILMS, SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS, THE PROJECTOR
In This Corner Of The World
In This Corner Of The WorldPHOTOS: ENCORE FILMS, SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS, THE PROJECTOR
Rams
RamsPHOTOS: ENCORE FILMS, SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS, THE PROJECTOR
O.P.E.N. Films: Autumn, Autumn
O.P.E.N. Films: Autumn, AutumnPHOTOS: ENCORE FILMS, SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS, THE PROJECTOR

O.P.E.N. FILMS: RAILWAY SLEEPERS (PG)

102 minutes

Two days and nights of train travel from the north to south of Thailand are condensed into two hours in this work by experimental film-maker Somot Chidgasornpongse.

His lens captures the collection of moments that make up the life of a passenger - resting, talking and watching the windows as the landscape rushes by, illustrating the bond that Thais have with their railways.

Somot will be present for a post-screening discussion. This film is screened as part of The O.P.E.N. segment that precedes the Singapore International Festival Of Arts.

WHERE: The Projector, Level 5 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road MRT: Nicoll Highway WHEN: Tomorrow, 5.30pm ADMISSION: $45 for an O.P.E.N. Pass, valid for six films; $10 for a single-entry ticket INFO: For schedule and bookings, go to www.sifa.sg/theopen

John Lui


IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD (PG13)

130 minutes/ 3.5 stars

With a hand-drawn animation style that harks back to an earlier era, writer-director Sunao Katabuchi poignantly conveys what life was like in wartime Japan for ordinary folk. Suzu (Non) grows up in the seaside town of Eba in Hiroshima and later moves to Kure after marrying Shusaku (Yoshimasa Hosoya). A dreamer who loves to draw, she does her best to keep the household running in the midst of everyday challenges in a Japan at war.

Meanwhile, the clock is ticking down to the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on Aug 6, 1945.

Boon Chan


RAMS (M18)

93 minutes/ 4 stars

Like the creatures of the title, brothers Gummi (Sigurdur Sigurjonsson, far right) and Kiddi (Theodor Juliusson, right) are two Icelandic sheep farmers with their horns locked in combat, the result of a decades-old feud whose origins are never fully explained. When disaster strikes their valley, the last strands of the fraternal bond are in danger of snapping entirely and forever.

Writer-director Grimur Hakonarson, who picked up the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival for this film, offers a masterclass in minimalist film-making that lacks for nothing in colour and character.

WHERE: The Projector, Level 5 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road MRT: Nicoll Highway WHEN: Various times ADMISSION: $13.50 INFO: For schedule and bookings, go to theprojector.sg

John Lui


O.P.E.N. FILMS: AUTUMN, AUTUMN (PG13)

77 minutes

A young man leaving a job interview and a middle-aged couple take the same train. In this drama-comedy from South Korean film-maker Jang Woo Jin, two sets of characters have their lives touch briefly, then diverge into two stories about the fragility of relationships. Stars (from far left) Woo Ji Hyeon, Yang Heung Ju and Lee Se Rang.

WHERE: The Projector, Level 5 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road MRT: Nicoll Highway WHEN: Tomorrow, 8pm ADMISSION: $45 for an O.P.E.N. Pass, valid for six films; $10 for a single- entry ticket INFO: For schedule and bookings, go to www.sifa.sg/theopen

John Lui

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 07, 2017, with the headline 'Film Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe