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Emily Blunt in A Quiet Place, which opens in Hong Kong on April 12. Photo: Paramount Pictures

Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (April 12-18), from Loveless to A Quiet Place

A bleak, sombre yet utterly brilliant Russian drama about a missing schoolboy and a post-apocalyptic horror tale in which no one can make a sound top our list of the best films showing in Hong Kong this week

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1. Loveless

An unloved schoolboy’s disappearance sets the stage for his soon-to-divorce parents’ emotionally exhausting journey into the wretched core of both society and humanity in this Oscar-nominated drama by the Russian auteur Andrey Zvyagintsev, who received a similar nod for his previous film, Leviathan. (Opens on April 12)

2. A Quiet Place

The husband-and-wife team of John Krasinski and Emily Blunt have come up with one of the year’s best high-concept thrillers. Set in an eerily silent world overrun by alien predators sensitive to sound, this nerve-wrecking post-apocalyptic horror film firmly establishes Krasinski as a writer-director to watch. (Opens on April 12)

3. Secret Superstar

Bollywood royalty Aamir Khan lends his charisma to another female-empowerment story after the hit Dangal. Reuniting Khan with Zaira Wasim, who briefly plays his daughter in that film, Secret Superstar’s story of a YouTube sensation who overcomes her miserable home life and realises her singing dreams is exceedingly touching. (Opens on April 12)

4. The Florida Project

It is astonishing how Sean Baker manages to turn out one great movie after another in his niche of low-budget dramas about people living on the fringe. This captivating portrait of bad parenting and childhood fantasy is arguably his best yet, even earning Willem Dafoe a nod for best supporting actor Oscar in the process. (Now showing)

5. Tomorrow Is Another Day

Could this be the film with which Teresa Mo Shun-kwan is finally named best actress at the Hong Kong Film Awards? That we’ll find out on Sunday, but the veteran performer has done her chances no harm in giving such a sympathetic turn as a housewife juggling between an autistic son and a cheating husband. (Opens on April 12)

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