Top 5 films to watch in Hong Kong this week: April 28-May 4

Scrapping superheroes, Turkish teens, repressed romance and a shocking soprano among this week’s picks

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 April, 2016, 10:30am
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 May, 2016, 1:19pm

1. Captain America: Civil War
Marvel fans couldn’t have hoped for a better appetiser to the two-part Avengers: Infinity War than this superhero extravaganza, which pits Cap against Iron Man in a thoroughly engaging way that Batman and Superman could only dream of. (Now showing)

2. Mustang

Playing like a distant cousin of The Virgin Suicides, Turkish-French filmmaker Deniz Gamze Erguven’s Oscar-nominated debut tells the bittersweet story of five sisters discovering their sexuality while being imprisoned in their provincial home. (
Opens on April 28)

3. Brief Encounter

Adapted from a Noel Coward play, David Lean’s 1945 tale of repressed romance between two married adults is devastating – as well as one of the best British films ever made. (May 1, part of Critics’ Choice 2016 – Six Directors in Search of Playwrights programme)

4. Marguerite

Catherine Frot stars as a wealthy, passionate and totally delusional soprano who can’t sing for her life. Under Xavier Giannoli’s delicate direction, the tragicomic tension in this period satire strikes a resounding note like The Emperor’s New Clothes. (Now showing)

5. Shadows

The 1959 classic that transformed American independent cinema,
John Cassavetes’ impressionistic directing debut is a New York romance that’s masterfully told with a mostly amateur cast.
(May 1, part of HK Film Archive’s Restored Treasures programme)

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