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Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (April 5-11), from Keys to the Heart to The Florida Project

From a nostalgic Spielberg sci-fi epic to an experimental masterpiece made from 10,000 hours of surveillance videos, there are no excuses not to head to the cinema this week

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 April, 2018, 7:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 April, 2018, 7:00am

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1. The Florida Project

After earning rave reviews with his iPhone-shot transgender drama Tangerine , director Sean Baker proves he’s one of the brightest new voices of American cinema with this stunningly beautiful tale of a six-year-old girl and her young and irresponsible mother. Hilarious and heartbreaking. (Opens on April 5)

2. Ready Player One

It’s no exaggeration to describe this as one of Steven Spielberg’s most ambitious films. Based on Ernest Cline’s beloved novel of the same name, the film is filled with a great variety of pop culture landmarks and nostalgic references. Ready Player One is a visual treat that promises to satisfy those who are eager to spot every Easter egg (hidden message) on repeat viewings. (Now showing)

3. Dragonfly Eyes

An experimental masterpiece compiled from some 10,000 hours of surveillance videos, this feature film debut by renowned Chinese artist Xu Bing contemplates the notion of privacy and the fluidity of identity in a postmodern world through a melancholy would-be romance. (April 6, part of the Hong Kong International Film Festival)

4. Keys to the Heart

Dealing with emotive topics such as domestic abuse and terminal cancer, this Korean comedy-drama produced by JK Youn transcends its potentially sad premise to tell a poignant story of moving on. Lee Byung-hun and Park Jung-min are excellent as a pair of estranged brothers reunited by circumstances. (Opens on April 5)

5. Custody

Winner of the best director and best debut prizes at last year’s Venice Film Festival, French filmmaker Xavier Legrand’s chilling portrait of a broken family sees a pair of divorced parents fight over the custody of their child, right up to the very dramatic end. Denis Ménochet, as the abusive father, is genuinely terrifying. (Now showing)

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