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DINA – Head over to Infiniti to watch what promises to be an endearing documentary about a couple with mental disabilities who attempt to fall in love and get married. The film won the U.S. documentary grand jury prize at Sundance. Or, watch Darren Aronofsky’s much-talked-about and repeatedly described as ‘disturbing’ and ‘intense’ Jennifer Lawrence-starrer MOTHER!
Go for CALL ME BY YOUR NAME next, Luca Guadagnino’s much-applauded tale of gay romance and one of the most anticipated films of this year, written by James Ivory and adapted from the novel by André Aciman.
You could then watch French director Léonor Serraille’s free-flowing MONTPARNASSE BIENVENUE about a young woman who sometimes aimlessly but always resiliently marches through life and all it throws at her. This debut feature won the Camera Camera d’Or at Cannes. However, French auteur Claire Denis’s Juliette Binoche-starrer BRIGHT SUNSHINE IN which was the opening film of the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes should be equally watchable.
Next, go for SUMMER 1993, a slow sensitive film about a young girl who following the loss of her mother has to adjust to the new family she is sent to. The film is director Carla Simón’s directorial debut and is inspired by her own experiences. Or watch MACHINES, Rahul Jain’s artful and much-appreciated documentary on the Indian textile industry.
For the last film of the day, choose between Aki Kaurismäki’s THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE, about a Syrian refugee who makes his way to Finland and forges a friendship with a Finn who finds himself in equally desperate circumstances. The film makes generous use of Kaurismäki’s trademark wry humour, or 29-year-old Trey Edward Shults’s second feature-length venture IT COMES AT NIGHT, a tense even paranoid post-apocalyptic psychological thriller that is sure to drive all that end-of-day weariness away.
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For those in the South, start your day with REDOUBTABLE, The Artist-director Michel Hazanavicius’s film on the life of Jean-Luc Godard adapted from Godard’s ex-wife Anne Wiazemsky’s memoir One Year Later.
LOVELESS could be your second film of the day. A dark and terrifying thriller about a failing marriage and a child gone missing, the film comes from Leviathan-director Andrey Zvyagintsev, and received the Jury Prize at Cannes this year. Alternatively, you could catch A FANTASTIC WOMAN, selected as the Chilean entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars and winner of the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the Berlinale. Director Sebástian Lelio’s work here is being hailed as almost Almodovar-like while transgender actress and singer Daniela Vega’s powerful performance has been highly appreciated.
Next, go for SWEET COUNTRY, a starkly brutal and grand western from Australian filmmaker Warwick Thornton. Or watch this year’s Palme D’Or winner THE SQUARE, a surreal satire revolving around the director of an art museum and the project called The Square that he oversees.
Finally, end the day with THE FLORIDA PROJECT, an uplifting film which has a mischievous six-year-old who lives in a motel with her single mother at its centre and features what critics are calling a career-best performance from Willem Dafoe.