With so many fabulous films coming to World Movies in May, selecting the top 5 must see films is a challenge. But with May on World Movies chock-full of thought-provoking German classics, passionate French comedies, Japanese anime and more, here are the films we are most looking forward to.
So, sit back and enjoy the ride!
Marguerite – Wednesday 10 May 8.30pm
“Does she know she cannot sing?”
In the role that won her France’s most prestigious acting award, a César, Catherine Frot plays Marguerite, a wealthy baroness and amateur-beyond-amateur soprano surrounded by yes-men. She is neglected by her husband, who’s so embarrassed by his wife’s inability to sing that he has taken a mistress rather than confront his wife about her talentless-ness. Marguerite may not fully understand why her performance sparks a riot, but she at least realises that her desire for self-expression represents a challenge to society.
READ more about the film Marguerite here.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder is like a hellish wonderland – Every Sunday in May
We’re celebrating the life of highly political yet ceaselessly creative German auteur, Rainer Werner Fassbinder with 4 of his greatest films:
- World On A Wire (Sunday 28 May, 4.55pm) – has rarely been seen anywhere since its original airing in 1973. It is a gloriously cracked and boundlessly inventive take on the weird world of tomorrow.
- Love Is Colder than Death (Sunday 14 May, 7pm) – Fassbinder’s very first feature, made when we was just 24 years old about an independent hoodlum who is ordered to kill his friend by a crime syndicate.
- 1971’s Beware of a Holy Whore (Sunday 21 May 6.45pm) – Sees a bullying production manager and a volatile director terrorising the crew as they wait in a Spanish hotel for shooting to begin on film-within-a-film.
- His 1974 masterpiece Ali: Fear Eats The Soul (Sunday 7 May 6.55pm) – This is a physical idolisation of his second great love, El Hedi Ben Salem.
READ more about Fassbinder here
Under The Shadow – Wednesday 24 May 8.30pm
As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war-torn Tehran of the 1980s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home.
An official selection at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, Under The Shadow is “A must-see not only for horror fans but for movie fans period.” – Nerdist
Embrace The Serpent – Wednesday 24 May 8.30pm
Academy Award nominee for best foreign language film, Embrace The Serpent is filmed in stunning black-and-white. It centres on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, along with two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him.
The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard EvansSchultes) who travelled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant.
Described by IndieWire as “a soulful, stunning and strange discovery,” Embrace The Serpent will leave you mesmerised.
4 of the best: Ani-May-tion – Every Thursday in May
Anime is one of those art forms that is relatively new, with only about half a century behind it. But in that half century, Japanese animation has produced so many great films that is impossible to ignore for any true fan of the genre.
Here are four Japanese anime movies that you need to watch:
Ninja Scroll – Thursday 4 May 8.30pm
Ninja Scroll tells the story of a mysterious vagabond as he sets out on a journey to confront his past. Little does he know he is up against a demonic force of killers, with a ghost from his past as the leader.
Appleseed – Thursday 11 May 8.30pm
A sci-fi action film about a utopian society that was created at the end of the third world war, where a female warrior, who has been plucked from the badlands, begins to see cracks in this new facade.
The Empire Of Corpses – Thursday 18 May 8.30pm
A young medical student is recruited by the British government to replicate the work of a legendary corpse engineer.
Harmony – Thursday 25 May 8.30pm
Set in futuristic world, where humanity has acquired human life, Harmony tells the story of a young, high-ranked agent who workd at on of the world’s leading health company and must investigate a wave of suicides.