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Film Picks: French Film Festival 2018

Climax (R21, 95 minutes)
John David Washington (above right)
John David Washington (above right)PHOTOS: FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL, UIP
Jovan Adepo


Is Climax (R21, 95 minutes) a slow descent into madness set to music or is film-maker Gaspar Noe cheekily showing his dislike of musicals? Perhaps he is making a sly comment about the state of French race relations. One is not quite sure, but what is certain is that this is a mesmerising, harrowing watch. The film, selected to screen at the Cannes Film Festival, is one of 26 works at this year's edition of the festival.

WHERE: Various locations, including Shaw Theatres Lido, Shaw House, 350 Orchard Road, and Alliance Francaise, 1 Sarkies Road MRT: Various WHEN: Till Nov 18, various times ADMISSION: $11 to $19 INFO:


135 minutes/ 3.5 stars

The winner of this year's Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, this comedy is based on the true story of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington). The black policeman not only infiltrated the local branch of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan, but he was also elected to a senior post in the group.

Directed by Spike Lee and co-starring Adam Driver (above left) as the man who stood in for Stallworth at Klan meetings, the film details how the group transformed itself from a motley bunch of fringe hatemongers to one that mainstream America could embrace without too much embarrassment.

WHERE: The Projector, Level 5 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road ADMISSION: $13.50 INFO: For tickets and schedules, go to


110 minutes/ 4 stars

During World War II, a team of American paratroopers are on a mission to blow up a radio tower in occupied France when things take a sinister turn.

Boyce (Jovan Adepo) is a green soldier who discovers that deep inside one building, Nazi scientists are recycling corpses into mindless killing machines.

In this thrilling and white-knuckle tense horror-action mashup that pays homage to 1980s classics like Aliens (1986) and The Thing (1982), the Americans must decide whether to make a stand or flee.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 09, 2018, with the headline 'Film Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe