What to watch this week: A French César award winner, two indie copycats and an Austrian horror
This week, brush up on your film game with flicks from Singapore Cult & Underground Film Festival (SCUFF) and Reelak x Zhongshan Park: A nomadic film screening series
If you're in for something that's heartwarming and healthy... A healthy film, really? No, you're not about to watch muscle men work out in their boxers (if only) — in fact, you'll be the one working out... before the actual screening, that is. Open air film fans Reelak's back with a screening of the heartwarming César-winning La famille Bélier, a story of a girl whose singing talent is discovered — thing is, she comes from a family whose members are all deaf except for her. Before you take this chill pill, work out with a senior coach from CrossFit Fire City for a Tabata-based training that's been scaled down for beginners.
When:5.30pm for the workout, 7.15pm for the screening at Zhongshan Park. Book here.
If you're in to discover your favourite adventure films in the eyes of another... Ever heard of copy culture? The '60s and '70s in Turkey produced rampant copycat movies as they took advantage of the absence of copyright and intellectual property laws pertaining to film. Turkish movie-makers borrowed a truckload of storylines and soundtracks from Hollywood to make outrageous, lower budgeted versions of action movies: There's a Turkish Star Wars, a Turkish E.T. and a Turkish Dracula... you get the picture.Remake, Remix, Rip-Off: About Copy Culture & Turkish Pop Cinema is a documentary that pools together the best. Meanwhile, Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made is a copycat that lied in the hands of three 11-year-old Mississipi natives. Back in 1981, Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala, and Jayson Lamb embarked on a tribute to Steven Spielberg by remaking Raiders of the Lost Ark. It's a labour of love that took eight years. Ultimately, it was discovered by two legit documentarians and a Kickstarter campaign later, it's now a full-fledged documentary which screened at SXSW last year.
When: 26 March, 5pm and 27 March, 5pm at The Projector. Book here and here.
If you're looking for something a tad sinister... They say everyday is mother's day, but not for Austrian twins Lukas and Elias in the psychological horror film,Goodnight Mommy. Seemingly trapped in a modern mansion in a thick forest, the 10-year-old twins are greeted by their mother who returns from a cosmetic operation. They don't actually get to see her full face — the mother remains bandaged through most of the film. Watch the teaser below, and gear yourself up for something that's as tense as it is eerie.
When: 25 March, 8.30pm at The Projector. Book here.