Where to watch Cannes, Sundance and Oscar specials under the stars
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The Wolfpack, Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Documentary
Synopsis: A documentary about the six Angulo brothers who grew up locked away in their Manhattan apartment — until one escaped. Nicknamed the Wolfpack, their only connection to the outside world was through the movies they watched and re-enacted.
Man candy: Mukunda Angulo, who wrote out the entire script for The Fighter. Yes, he wrote out the entire movie, re-enacted it and hardly got out of character. His impression of Christian Bale was pretty impeccable.
Director's notes: "If there's one thing that people can take away is fear — you can get over fear. These kids had so much fear installed in them, and they're so resilient and they really moved on from that," shared director Crystal Moselle.
When to watch: 15 August. It's now sold out, but you can check out their Facebook for last minute ticket sales.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic and Audience for U.S. Drama
Synopsis: Set in high school, this Sundance breakout film — based on Jesse Andrews' bestselling young adult novel — tells the story of a young filmmaker, Greg, who strikes an unlikely friendship with his classmate Rachel, who has just been diagnosed with cancer.
Woman crush: Olivia Cooke, the up-and-coming Brit who plays Rachel, the leukaemia-stricken schoolgirl who gives a powerful, tear-jerking performance. The 21-year-old is definitely one to watch.
Director's notes: "I wanted to capture the high school in the way that I remembered it, the feeling that I remembered. And then when we walked in there, it really looked like an institution. It looked like a prison, and that was perfect. It really captured that fear," explained director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.
When to watch: 13 August. Book here.
Mon Roi, Cannes Film Festival for Best Actress
Synopsis: After Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot) is admitted into rehab due to a ski accident, she looks back on her tumultuous relationship with her ex-husband, played by the enigmatic Vincent Cassel.
Man candy: Louis Garrel, who plays Solal, the protagonist's brother. You'll remember him from erotically-charged films The Dreamers and Ma Mère. Sure, while Emmanuelle Bercot delivered the heart of the film — and bagged the Best Actress accolade while doing so — the dark, broody Garrel is the support system we all wish we had.
Director's notes: "When I am just an actress for somebody else I feel my femininity emerges on top — and the director's gaze is more like a caress and I feel desired and I feel watched. My female hormones are on the rise. But when I direct it is more the male hormones that kick in," said director Maïwenn, who's also an actress.
When to watch: 19 August. Book here.
Amy, Academy Awards for Best Documentary
Synopsis: A documentary depicting the life and death of award-winning British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, from excerpts of interviews with friends, family and the late talent herself.
Man candy: While he doesn't quite fit your typical definition of man candy, Nick Shymansky was instrumental in the formation of Winehouse's career. They met when she was 16, and he soon went on to become her first manager from 1999 to 2006. In the film — which he helped provide almost 12 hours of video footage of — Shymansky was depicted as a patient, encouraging friend. The kind you'd want to stick around.
Director's notes: "The early instinct was that the songs would be key. They'd be the spine of the film. We began looking at the lyrics and thinking that this might be like a version of a Bollywood film where the narrative is in the lyrics and in the songs. We thought we might build the narrative around those songs," said director Asif Kapadia.
When to watch: 17 August. Book here.
Films At The Fort presented by Casillero del Diablo is held from 11 to 21 August at Fort Canning Green, Fort Canning Park. For more information, click here.
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