5 to See: This Weekend

5 to See: This Weekend

This weekend ASFF selects five films that will be arriving in cinemas across the country. Featuring four new feature films from around the globe and one British-based documentary, these films deal with issues of community, sexuality, political upheaval and sporting prowess.

Still from Rojo.

Rojo (New Wave)

This Argentinean-set drama scored a triple win when it played at the San Sebastian Film Festival last year, claiming Best Director for writer-director Benjamin Naishat, Best Cinematography for Brazilian DP Pedro Sotero and Best Actor for Darío Grandinetti. Set in the 1970s, shortly before the military coup and the so-called ‘Dirty War’, Grandinetti plays Claudio, a lawyer in a provincial town whose encounter with a mysterious stranger sets in motion a chain of events that will change his life forever.

The Big Meeting (Shut Out The Light)

Daniel Draper’s documentary deals with the history and the heritage of the Durham Miner’s Association. Included in the film are contributions from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and fellow politician Dennis Skinner, while the filmmakers were given unprecedented access to the DMA’s annual gala. One of the world’s longest-standing public meetings held every second Saturday of every July, and now in its 150th year, it draws thousands of former miners, trade union members and spectators for a colourful day of celebration and debate.

Still from The Shiny Shrimps.

The Shiny Shrimps (Peccadillo Pictures)

A French comedy about a real-life gay water polo team, The Shiny Shrimps stars Nicolas Gob as a champion swimmer who is forced the train this hopeless bunch after making a homophobic comment on live TV. Directed by Maxine Govare and Cédric Le Gallo, who was a member of the real Shiny Shrimps, it’s an uproarious feelgood comedy with a lot of heart and more renditions of Bonnie Tyler’s ‘Holding Out For A Hero’ than you could ever wish to hear.

It: Chapter Two (Warner Bros.)

Andy Muschetti’s 2017 adaptation of Stephen King’s classic tale surprised everyone with a $700 million worldwide box office gross. Now comes the sequel, taking on the latter part of the book, as evil clown Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) returns 27 years later to the sleepy town of Derry to once again torment the now grown-up members of the Losers’ Club. Among the newcomers to the franchise are Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, who previously starred together in the little-seen two-part film, 2013’s The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.

Still from It: Chapter Two.

Scarborough (Kaleidoscope Entertainment)

Barnaby Southcombe, director of the 2012 thriller I, Anna, which starred his mother Charlotte Rampling, returns with his second feature. The subject is that of teacher-pupil relationships, with a story that cuts between two couples – each compromising of a teacher and a student – across one weekend in the titular seaside town. Adapted from the play by Fiona Evans, it stars Edward Hogg and Jessica Barden, and Jodhi May and Jordan Bolger, in parallel stories that unfold in tandem, with the couples even staying at the same run-down Victorian boarding house.

All films released by 6 September.

James Mottram

Lead image: Still from Scarborough,