5 to See: This Weekend

This weekend ASFF selects five films that take the theme of family to heart. Coming from both Europe and America, these largely fictional tales examine the unbreakable bonds between fathers and daughters, husbands and wives and even children and classmates.

Sicilian Ghost Story (Altitude)

Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza, the Italian directors of 2013’s Salvo, take on a very different sort of mafia tale with this true-life tale. Inspired by the lurid abduction of 12 year-old Giuseppe Di Matteo, the result is a poetic story about love, survival and redemption that borrows heavily from the fairytale tradition. Julia Jedikowska stars as Luna, Giuseppe’s classmate and number one fan who begins to question his disappearance.

Ant-Man and the Wasp (Disney)

Peyton Reed’s superhero sequel pairs Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man with Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp for a typically accomplished Marvel adventure. Setting out on a rescue mission that’ll involve dipping back into the Quantum Realm, this is another slick blend of comedy, action and familial drama that will keep fans happy until the next Avengers movie. Michael Douglas returns as inventor Hank Pym, with Michelle Pfeiffer also taking on the key role of his wife Janet.

Cléo From 5 To 7 (Curzon Artificial Eye)

Part of ‘Gleaning Truths’, a nationwide tour featuring eight films by the irrepressible French-Belgium director Agnès Varda, comes one of her most celebrated works. Corrine Marchand stars as the titular singer, who is forced to face her own mortality as she waits for the test results on a biopsy. With a vivid representation of Paris in the 1960s, this is a rare chance to see this on the big screen.

The Escape (Vertigo Releasing)

Gemma Arterton and Dominic Cooper star as an Essex couple in this persuasive drama from Dominic Savage (Love + Hate). Despite a home-life many would envy, Arterton’s working-class mother and wife Tara realizes she wants more out of life. Stifled and unfulfilled, the cracks start to appear in her marriage as the daily rituals of shopping, child-care and loveless sex begin to take their toll. A challenging and surprising drama, this rarely puts a foot wrong.


Hearts Beat Loud (Park Cirus)

Brett Haley’s Brooklyn-set father-daughter tale sees Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman take a more emotional role as record store owner named Frank whose daughter (Kiersey Clemons) is about to leave for college. As they turn their shared love of music into a double act that becomes an internet sensation, the pair go on a remarkable journey of discovery. Also watch out for co-star Sasha Lane, in one of her first roles since her sensational breakout in American Honey. Find out more here: https://www.parkcircus.com/latest/P2183-Hearts-Beat-Loud—In-cinemas-this-summer

All films released by 3 August.

1. Still from Sicilian Ghost Story.
2. Still from Ant-Man and the Wasp.
3. Still from The Escape.
4. Still from Cléo From 5 To 7.
5. Still from Hearts Beat Loud.