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HYBRID CINEMA

MEXICAN FILM FESTIVAL

Presented by the Mexican Embassy and The Projector, the seventh edition of the festival is presented in a hybrid format online and in cinema.

One of the seven films on the program will be shown both in theaters and online. The drama Suffocation (Asfixia) (2019, NC16, 88 minutes) follows Alma (Johana Fragoso Blendl), an albino woman recently released from prison. She takes a job with a man with multiple psychological issues to achieve a higher, longer term goal.

OR: Online and at The Projector, 05-00 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road
WHEN: Until July 25
ADMISSION: $ 15 for a movie ticket, $ 10 for a 48-hour rental period
INFO: leprojecteur.sg

DOCUMENTARY

GUNDA (PG)

93 minutes, currently playing at The Projector

This non-narrative black-and-white film follows the farm animals in their lives. They include a sow and her piglets, a one-legged chicken and cows, all living on farms in Norway, Spain and Great Britain.

Russian documentary maker Viktor Kossakovsky, who directed the climate change film Aquarela (2018) shown here last year, reveals what it means to see the world through the eyes of animals that exist to serve human appetites.

THRILLER CRIMINAL

NO SUDDEN MOVEMENT (U18)

110 minutes, available on HBO Go

Rating: 4/5

Cursed gangsters, white-collar crooks and corporate conspiracies collide in this dark and comedic crime story set in the 1950s, at a time when the United States was becoming an industrial giant in a world still shattered by world war .

Don Cheadle is Curt Goynes, a Detroit thug recently released from prison, performing what looks like an easy heist in the name of a local boss. He is joined by Ronald Russo (Benicio Del Toro) and Charley (Kieran Culkin), henchmen also hired through gangster Doug Jones (Brendan Fraser). What starts out as a simple plan becomes decidedly less straightforward – bodies pile up and shared confidences are exposed like lies. Goynes and Russo find themselves caught in a web that crosses race and class lines.

Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, 2000), working on a screenplay by Ed Solomon (crime thrillers Now You See Me, 2013 and Now You See Me 2, 2016, as well as Bill & Ted’s Three Time Travel comedies, 1989, 1991 and 2020), enjoys watching anti-heroes Russo and Goynes working angles in a dangerous game that they, like the audience, cannot fully see.

Though nowhere as airy as Soderbergh’s much-admired Ocean’s Heist (2001, 2004, and 2007), No Sudden Move still boasts its bouncy sense of rhythm. Found in speech patterns, imaginative camera work, and a tangy jazz-accented guitar soundtrack, it’s a rhythm that drives this industrial-age thriller from stage to stage.


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