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Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (June 7-13), from Bright Sunshine In to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

A romcom by French writer-director Claire Denis and the latest in the Jurassic series are the best of this week’s new releases, while Le French May’s tribute to Agnès Varda will show one of her older works that shouldn’t be missed

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 June, 2018, 7:01am
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 June, 2018, 1:11pm

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1. Bright Sunshine In

Renowned for her sensual art-house dramas, French writer-director Claire Denis takes an unexpected step into the realm of romantic comedy with this witty reflection on relationships, anchored by the ever-delightful Juliette Binoche as a divorced middle-aged artist trying on a series of lovers in Paris. (Opens on June 7)

2. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Life finds a way, yet again, in this fifth instalment of the sci-fi adventure series, which pits human exploiters against extinction-threatened dinosaurs on Isla Nublar. While you have seen this several times before, Spanish director J.A. Bayona does make it quite a ride by putting his horror panache to marvellous use. (Opens on June 7)

3. On Happiness Road

Journalist-turned-filmmaker Sung Hsin-yin blends Taiwan’s recent past with tear-jerking family drama for her animated feature debut, which follows a Taiwan-born, US-based woman’s return to her childhood home in Taipei as she contemplates the essence of happiness against the backdrop of key historical moments. (Now showing)

4. No. 1 Chung Ying Street

Drawing parallels between the 1967 pro-communist riots in Hong Kong and the various incidents of civil disobedience in recent years, Derek Chiu Sung-kee’s black-and-white character drama offers a serene contemplation on the costs of social activism – and a provocative political stance that is likely to divide audiences. (Now showing)

5. The Gleaners and I

Every film in Le French May’s retrospective of French New Wave legend Agnès Varda is worth watching at least once, with this amusingly poignant 2000 documentary – about scavengers of leftover objects in the French countryside – surely one of the best in her long career. (June 8 and 10, part of Le French May: Tribute to Agnès Varda programme)

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