John Lui and Boon Chan recommend

Film Picks: Pink Screen

French drama BPM
French drama BPMPHOTOS: GOLDEN VILLAGE PICTURES, SINGAPORE FILM SOCIETY, THE PROJECTOR, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY
Ant-man and The Wasp (PG)
Ant-man and The Wasp (PG)PHOTOS: GOLDEN VILLAGE PICTURES, SINGAPORE FILM SOCIETY, THE PROJECTOR, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY
Miyu Sasaki
Miyu SasakiPHOTOS: GOLDEN VILLAGE PICTURES, SINGAPORE FILM SOCIETY, THE PROJECTOR, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY
Yoo Ah-in
Yoo Ah-inPHOTOS: GOLDEN VILLAGE PICTURES, SINGAPORE FILM SOCIETY, THE PROJECTOR, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY

PINK SCREEN

One of the films to be presented in this selection of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) movies is the French drama BPM (above, R21, 140 minutes, 2017), winner of six Cesar Awards.

The film dramatises the question at the heart of HIV/Aids activism in France in the early 1990s as factions, personified as characters, argue over the effectiveness of disruptive protests, such as spraying fake blood on pharmaceutical company executives. Or should they try to project a more positive image in the form of a gay parade?

WHERE: The Projector, Level 5 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road WHEN: Tomorrow - July 22, various times ADMISSION: $13.50 INFO: theprojector.sg

John Lui


ANT-MAN AND THE WASP (PG)

118 minutes

4 stars

The sequel to the 2015 origin story brings just as much family fun with the bonus of a new, equally capable partner, The Wasp.

Some months after the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016), Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is under house arrest. As he tries to be a good dad to Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson), who lives with his ex-wife Maggie (Judy Greer), Lang's former mentor Dr Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter Hope, aka The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), are now fugitives.

John Lui


SINGAPORE FILM SOCIETY

To mark the screening of the new film, Shoplifters (M18, 121 minutes), of celebrated Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda (July 11, 9 to 11pm), the Singapore Film Society will also screen an earlier film of his, The Third Murder (2017). Details of the screening will be announced later.

Winner of the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Shoplifters tells the story of a rag-tag band of misfits who call themselves a family. Comedian Lily Franky plays the head of the unit, which gets by on petty larceny. He finds a child (Miyu Sasaki) with bruises in an alley and, against the advice of everyone in the group, decides to take her in.

This month, there will also be a retrospective of three films by Indonesia film-maker Mouly Surya, who will take the audience's questions at the screening of her newest film, Marlina The Murderer In Four Acts, on July 28.

For information, go to singaporefilmsociety.com

John Lui


BURNING (M18)

148 minutes

4.5 stars

Director Lee Chang-dong was a one-time South Korean Minister of Culture and Tourism and is a film festival favourite for works such as the brutal and lyrical Poetry (2010).

He is in fine form in Burning, teasing out the relationships between three characters and shepherding the film through subtle turns with a suggestive portent here and a telling line of dialogue there.

Jongsu (Yoo Ah-in) is a part-time deliveryman who wants to be a writer. A chance encounter with his former neighbour Haemi (Jun Jeong-seo) leads to a tentative romance. She later returns from a trip to Africa with a new friend, Ben (Steven Yeun), in tow, who confesses to Jongsu during a pot session that he burns abandoned greenhouses.

Based on Haruki Murakami's short story, Barn Burning.

Boon Chan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 06, 2018, with the headline 'Film Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe