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Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (March 1-7), from The Square to Call Me by Your Name

From a Swedish tale of snobbery in the art world to a gay romance in Italy, from a Russian space thriller to a dramatic comedy about a dead US soldier to a South Korean political thriller, it’s an international line-up this week

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 01 March, 2018, 7:01am
UPDATED : Thursday, 01 March, 2018, 7:01am

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1. The Square

The Palme d’Or winner at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and a contender for the best foreign-language Oscar on Sunday, this Swedish comedy by Ruben Östlund ( Force Majeure ) takes a relentlessly biting look at art-world elitism and the social contract through a museum curator’s misfortunes. (Opens on March 1)

2. Call Me by Your Name

Following his sensual art-house gems I Am Love (2009) and A Bigger Splash (2015), Luca Guadagnino enjoys his greatest hit yet with this Oscars-nominated gay romance, which sees Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer engage in a melancholy affair in the visually ravishing Italian countryside. (Opens on March 1)

3. Salyut-7

A Russian space epic to rival Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity and Ron Howard’s Apollo 13, this fact-based thriller brings vividly to life an incredible mission in history, where a pair of Soviet cosmonauts must dock with an unmanned object in space after losing contact with their orbiting space station. (Opens on March 1)

4. Last Flag Flying

A powerful tale of patriotism and grief that is also improbably hilarious, the ever-reliable Richard Linklater’s drama about a reunion of ex-marines who reunite after one of their sons is killed in the Iraq war draws out a trio of great performances from its leading men, Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne. (Opens on March 1)

5. 1987: When the Day Comes

With great political chaos comes great cinema – or at least that’s what looks to be happening in South Korea recently. Like several films before it, this thrilling dramatisation of the country’s march towards democracy makes use of an impeccable cast to portray the human spirit that brought down a dictator. (Opens on March 1)

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