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In The Widowed Witch (NC16, 2018, China), Wang Erhao, a homeless girl, pretends to be a shaman within the hope village will supply her a spot to dwell.

To everybody’s shock, particularly hers, she finds she does have actual powers. How lengthy can she pull off her bluff, in a spot the place all the pieces has a value?

For this directorial debut, Cai Chengjie received high prize on the Rotterdam Film Festival.

This movie is among the many picks on this annual event, which showcases the very best and boldest new voices from across the world.

WHERE: Screening Room, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane MRT: City Hall/Clarke Quay WHEN: April 28 to May 11, varied instances ADMISSION: $9 a movie, $24 for 3 movies. Go to


75 minutes/four stars

A bag containing a million yuan (S$204,000) is on the centre of an internet of homicide and deceit, involving a wannabe gangster, his boss, a pork seller-turned-assassin and a motley crew of small-time business folks with massive desires.

In this bleakly comedian work, winner of the Best Animated Feature prize eventually yr’s Golden Horse Awards, Nanjing-based animator and director Liu Jian depicts a metropolis with out pity, proven not simply within the issues the characters do and say, but additionally in the way it seems to be: The backdrop is a wasteland, a dystopia reeking of neglect, a spot left behind by China’s financial miracle.

WHERE: The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane MRT: City Hall WHEN: Till Sunday, varied instances ADMISSION: $13.50 INFO: For schedule and bookings, go to


For its 28th version, the European Union Film Festival opens with Fly Away Home (PG13, 109 minutes, 2016, Austria).

Based on a e-book by acclaimed youngsters’s creator Christine Nostlinger, this drama is about in 1945. The victorious Russians have moved into Austria and the household of nine-year-old Christine has to adapt to dwelling with overseas occupiers within the home. Stars Konstantin Khabensky.

WHERE: National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road MRT: City Hall WHEN: May 10 to 20, varied instances ADMISSION: $12 from Sistic (name 6348-5555 or go to INFO: For schedules, go to


90 minutes/ three.5 stars

In this thriller about an Earth overrun by bear-sized bugs that hunt utilizing sound, director, co-writer and co-star John Krasinski dispenses with the gimmick blighting the fashionable monster film: Kill one character each 15 minutes.

Within 15 minutes of opening, a horrible event occurs, proving that no character is protected. In so doing, he offers this character-driven work about an remoted household its energy to ship chills down the backbone. It additionally stars Emily Blunt.

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