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Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (September 27-October 3), from God’s Own Country to The Nun

A brutal gay romance on a farm with echoes of Brokeback Mountain, an old-fashioned horror film, a documentary that’s almost unreal – there’s a lot worth seeing this week

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 September, 2018, 7:01am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 September, 2018, 7:01am

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1. God’s Own Country

Dubbed by some a British Brokeback Mountain, this is one of the most acclaimed British films of recent years. A naturalistic, if brutal gay romance set in the Yorkshire countryside, it finds great poignancy in the intense bond between a local farmer and a Romanian migrant worker. (Opens on September 27)

2. Three Identical Strangers

Read as little as possible about this utterly engrossing documentary before you watch it. The surreal story of a set of identical triplets who were reunited at age 19 is a human interest drama that takes such shocking turns that it will make you question the nature of reality. (September 28, part of Sundance Film Festival: Hong Kong)

3. The Woman Who Left

Winner of the Venice Golden Lion in 2016, this four-hour epic by Filipino art-house filmmaker Lav Diaz is a slow-burning meditation on revenge and redemption. Charo Santos-Concio is sensational as the woman who has served 30 years in prison for a murder she didn’t commit. (October 1, part of the Black & White As An Aesthetic Choice programme)

4. Kramer vs. Kramer

It was Dustin Hoffman vs. Meryl Streep in this Oscar-winning 1979 film, which takes advantage of its two leads’ wonderful turns to deliver an endlessly intriguing divorce drama. It also helps that the story refuses to take sides, resulting in a nuanced look at the real-life concerns of married couples. (September 28, part of Cine Fan programme)

5. The Nun

Audiences who like their horror movies atmospheric and old-fashioned should see this latest spin-off from The Conjuring franchise. While fans of the series will have to wait until the final few minutes to find a link to the earlier films, the casting of Taissa Farmiga – sister of Vera – does provide yet another intertextual nod to them. (Now showing)

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