5 to See: This Weekend

This weekend ASFF selects five new films from across the globe, from Japan to America, the UK and Argentina. A mixture of feature films and documentaries, the themes explored include family surrogacy, the beauty of art and devastation of violence.

Shoplifters (Thunderbird Releasing)

Winner of this year’s Palme d’Or, this subtle, moving Japanese family drama comes from Hirokazu Kore-eda, who writes, directs and edits. Set in Tokyo, amid a poverty-stricken family that learns the practice the art of shoplifting to survive, the story sees this clan adopt a young homeless girl. A stirring portrait of humanity and dignity, with a shock conclusion, it’s every bit as touching as Kore-eda’s earlier movies.

 

Back To Berlin (Verve Pictures)

Arriving in the same year that saw the death of Claude Lanzmann, the French filmmaker behind the epic Holocaust documentary Shoah, Catherine Lurie’s film is another reminder of its horrors. Narrated by Jason Isaacs, the film follows eleven motorcyclists across nine countries as they travel 4500km to take the Maccabiah torch from Israel to Olympiastadion, site of the infamous 1936 Berlin Olympics, for the first Jewish Olympic Games on German soil since WWII.

Assassination Nation (Universal)

A caustic contemporary satire, Sam Levinson’s blood-spattered cautionary tale is a re-telling of the Salem witch-hunts as four girls (including Britain’s Suki Waterhouse) become involved in an escalating situation as a hacker exposes private e-mail accounts belonging to everyone from the loyal mayor to the high-school principal to their own peers. Co-starring Bill Skarsgård and Joel McHale, it’s a blunt-force movie that doesn’t hold back.

Back To Berlin (Verve Pictures)

Arriving in the same year that saw the death of Claude Lanzmann, the French filmmaker behind the epic Holocaust documentary Shoah, Catherine Lurie’s film is another reminder of its horrors. Narrated by Jason Isaacs, the film follows eleven motorcyclists across nine countries as they travel 4500km to take the Maccabiah torch from Israel to Olympiastadion, site of the infamous 1936 Berlin Olympics, for the first Jewish Olympic Games on German soil since WWII.

 

Postcards From London (Peccadillo)

 

A stylised evocation of London’s Soho, writer/director Steve McLean’s film tells of a young Essex lad named Jim (Trust star Harris Dickinson) who comes to the city with big dreams and empty pockets. When he meets “The Raconteurs”, a group of eloquent and educated “rent boys” who entertain their clients with talk of high art, it sets him on a journey through the mean streets of Britain’s capital. An unusual exploration into sex, art, pleasure and money.

Orione (ICA)

Argentinean director Toia Bonino’s film is a meditation on one man’s life in a suburb in Buenos Aries. That man is Alejandro ‘Ale’ Robles, a gang member who was betrayed by a friend and killed by police. Through archival footage of his crimes and warmer memories related by his mother, the film creates a mosaic-pattern of his existence, using sound and vision to conjure an unusual human portrait blessed with the contradictions we find in all of us.

All films released on 23 November.

James Mottram

Credits:
1. Still from Postcards from London.
2. Still from Shoplifters.
3. Still from Assassination Nation
4. Still from Postcards from London.