5 to See: This Weekend

5 to See: This Weekend

This weekend ASFF selects five films that reach beyond the everyday and offer narratives that reflect upon the world around us. From Documentary to Comedy, these features combine directorial debuts with role reversal and artistic biopics.

In The Fade

Fatih Akin’s film reaches the UK already feted after it won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film this year. It stars Diane Kruger, who claimed Best Actress in Cannes for her role as a Hamburg woman who loses her husband and young son in a terrorist bomb planted by two neo-Nazis. It caused controversy when it played in Cannes for its incendiary approach to a hot-button topic.

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Overboard

After Ocean’s 8’s gender-switch, with its all-female lead cast, this romantic comedy from Rob Greenberg follows suit. Remaking the 1987 Garry Marshall-directed film, starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, this is a role reversal, with Anna Faris as a single mother hired to clean a luxury yacht belonging to Eugenio Derbez’s spoiled Mexican playboy. With a fast-paced farcical story, it’s well suited to the comedic talents of Faris.

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Boom For Real

New York filmmaker Sara Driver takes on the young artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in this documentary portrait that looks at his impact on the 1980s Manhattan art scene before his untimely death. With interviewees including Driver’s own partner, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, the film also contextualises the American underground art scene – including graffiti art – with a look at the world Basquiat emerged into.

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Freak Show

Trudie Styler makes her directorial debut with this adaptation of James St. James’ popular 2007 novel. Alex Lawther plays Billy Bloom, a gay cross-dressing American adolescent who makes friends and enemies in equal measure. The film co-stars the irrepressible Bette Midler as Billy’s mother and – in a candidate for strangest cameo of the year – tennis legend John McEnroe as his high school games teacher.

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Kissing Candice

On the back of a series of well-respected shorts, Irish filmmaker Aoife McArdle makes her directorial debut with this tale of yearning. Ann Skelly plays Candice, a 17 year-old who longs to escape her drab seaside town existence. Living in her imagination for the most part, her urge to take flight morphs into obsession with a troubled stranger and entanglements with a dangerous local gang.

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All films released 22 June.

James Mottram

Credits:
1. Still from In the Fade. Courtesy of Warner Bros.
2. Still from Overboard. Courtesy of Curzon.
3. Still from Boom for Real. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
4. Still from Freak Show. Courtesy of ICF Films.
5. Still from Kissing Candice. Courtesy of