5 to See: This Weekend

5 to See: This Weekend

ASFF selects five new films released on demand this weekend. While these movies are set across the globe – covering Germany, America, South Korea and Britain – they address universal themes and aim to build bridges. Filmmakers explore loyalty, endurance and sexual politics through biopics, European mythology and family drama.

Minari (Altitude Films)

Lee Isaac Chung’s sensitive, eloquent family drama, inspired by his own childhood, has already won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film. Now it arrives in the UK, ahead of competing at the BAFTAs and Oscars. Set in 1983, it tells of a Korean family arriving in rural Arkansas with dreams of running a farm. The Walking Dead’s Steven Yuen heads the family, with breakout star Alan Kim playing his son.

The Mauritanian (Amazon Prime Video)

A harrowing account of the life of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who was imprisoned in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, for 14 years without charge. Tahar Rahim, recently seen in The Serpent, gives a full-blooded performance as Slahi. Golden Globe winner Jodie Foster plays Nancy Hollander, the crusading American lawyer who fights to bring Slahi justice. Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) directs.

Undine (Curzon)

German director Christian Petzold (Barbara, Transit) puts a contemporary spin on the classical European myth Undine. Paula Beer plays a Berlin historian who gets caught up in this mystical tale after her boyfriend leaves her and she falls for an industrial diver – played by Franz Rogowski. A strange but beguiling drama.

Godzilla vs. Kong (Warner Bros.)

A knockout sequel to Godzilla, its follow-up Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Kong: Skull Island. This monster mash-up comes from director Adam Wingard (Blair Witch) and unites cast members from both sets of films – including Millie Bobby Brown and Kyle Chandler. Godzilla and Kong crash, bang and wallop into skyscrapers – clearing them like LEGO bricks. An epic mix of creature carnage.

Chaos Walking (Lionsgate)

Doug Liman, director of Edge of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity, is back with an ambitious sci-fi based on Patrick Ness’ The Knife of Never Letting Go. Set in 2257, a condition called Noise makes men’s thoughts audible. Spider-Man star Tom Holland leads an impressive cast that includes Daisy Ridley, Cynthia Erivo and Mads Mikkelsen.    

All films released by 2 April.

James Mottram