Choice of films: Japanese Film Festival, German Film Festival, Respect, Entertainment News and Top Stories

Japanese Film Festival 2021

This year’s edition of this film calendar staple will feature online question-and-answer sessions with seven filmmakers following screenings. A hybrid event, it will offer physical and online screenings.

The sci-fi comedy Beyond The Infinite Two Minutes (PG, 71 minutes, a physical screening at Shaw Lido, October 16, 6 p.m., and online at Kinolounge) is the feature debut by filmmaker Junta Yamaguchi and winner of award at this year’s Fantasia. Film festival. Coffee shop owner Kato (Kazunari Tosa) discovers that a security camera from his business can see two minutes into the future. When friends find out, they play with the Matrix problem to see what they can do. Of course, things are getting out of hand. Like another highly regarded Japanese work, the zombie comedy One Cut Of The Dead (2017), the film is shot in a single continuous take.

Presented by the Japan Creative Center (JCC), the Embassy of Japan and the Japan Foundation, in collaboration with the Singapore Film Society (SFS).

Or: Shaw Theaters Lido, Oldham Theater and The Projector; Online screenings at Shaw KinoLounge
When: Until October 31 various
Admission: Shaw Lido Theaters – $ 13.50 ($ 11.50 for JCC, SFS and Isetan members); Shaw KinoLounge – $ 8 per movie, $ 25 for all four movies; Oldham Theater – $ 10 ($ 8 for JCC, SFS and Asian Film Archive members for the PIA Film Festival retrospective only); The Projector – $ 13.50 weekdays, $ 15 weekends ($ 2 discount for JCC, SFS and The Projector members)
Info: Website

25th German Film Festival

This year’s edition will feature 12 films, with physical screenings at The Projector and online viewings at The Projector Plus.

The opening film is the romantic fantasy Undine (M18, 91 minutes, two physical screenings only, October 21 and November 6, at various times). Selected to compete in the Golden Bear section at the Berlin International Film Festival last year, it tells the story of the woman in the film’s title (Paula Beer), a historian who finds her life in the image of that of the nymphs of the mythological waters from whom she took it. Name.

The 25th German Film Festival is presented by the Goethe-Institut Singapore in conjunction with The Projector and The Projector Plus.

Or: The Spotlight, 05-00 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road
TRM: Nicoll highway
When: Oct 21 to Nov 7, various hours
Admission: $ 13.50, with discounts for the Goethe-Institut, fan club, student club and other members
Info: Website

Extract from the film Ondine. PHOTO: THE MATCH FACTORY

Respect (PG13)

145 minutes, opening October 14, 4 stars

The biopic opens in 1952, with Aretha, only 10 years old and already a musical prodigy, loved by her family but under the influence of her domineering father, Pastor CL Franklin (Forest Whitaker). This relationship, both nourishing and suffocating, sets a pattern that will be repeated throughout the life of the musician, played as an adult by singer and actress Jennifer Hudson.

Lasting over two hours, this is a messy, often melodramatic, film about a long life filled with events, which has evolved in step with the upheavals of the civil rights movement. Franklin died in 2018 at the age of 76, this biography being one of his last projects. The film’s title, taken from one of his biggest hits, serves as a practical unifying theme, but it’s too vague an idea to deliver anything with insight.

The best thing about licensed musician biopics is the performing rights. Hudson uses these rights in several concert scenes, all of them breathtakingly powerful. Fortunately, she doesn’t try to copy Franklin’s choice of timbre or note, but rather to perform the standards (like A Natural Woman, Amazing Grace, and the title song) in her own electrifying style.

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