PARASITE (BLACK & WHITE VERSION, M18)
131 minutes/Now showing
The monochromatic version of the social comedy was created and planned for release by director Bong Joon-ho long before the movie made history at the Oscars by becoming the first Asian film to win Best Picture.
Bong jokingly calls this a vanity project, inspired by the days he spent watching his family's black-and-white television as a boy.
This is not a simple digital bleaching - he worked with a colourist and cinematographer to make sure each scene retained its texture.
In an interview with The Hollywood reporter, Bong said he hopes that with the colours gone, viewers can see more clearly the contrast in living conditions between the rich and poor families.
WHERE: Golden Village Funan, Cathay Cineleisure Orchard and The Projector
ADMISSION: Standard cinema ticket prices
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE (R21)
120 minutes/Opens today/4.5 stars
Repressed emotions boil over in a spartan 18th-century country manor. Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, this French drama, written and directed by Celine Sciamma (the award-winning coming-of-age film Girlhood, 2014), ignores everything viewers expect from period dramas centred on aristocratic life.
There is little lushness visually, and the musical score and dialogue are dialled down. Sciamma is interested in what faces and hands have to say when portraitist Marianne (Noemie Merlant) and noblewoman Heloise (Adele Haenel) meet under difficult circumstances.
WHERE: The Projector, Level 5 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road
MRT: Nicoll Highway
WHEN: From today
THE WITCH (M18)
92 minutes/4 stars
This 2015 breakthrough by film-maker Robert Eggers is back for a limited run to mark the release of his new work of horror, The Lighthouse (2019).
Life for Puritan English colonists in the New World was precarious. Despite their deep piety, they are shaken by a series of calamities, which they blame on Satan finding the primal landscape of America much to his infernal liking.
When young settler Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy, above) is accused of witchcraft, she has to find allies quickly or perish.
WHERE: The Projector
MRT: Nicoll Highway
WHEN: Sunday, 5.30 pm