5:00 PM, 27th May, 2023
When Paul (Patrick Gibson) signs up for an internship at the venerable London firm of JW Wells & Co, little does he know that the institution is responsible for engineering all the incidents of coincidence and serendipity that happen in daily life. With no discernible talents, the young intern is surprised when he is tasked by company CEO Humphrey Wells (Christoph Waltz) and his irascible right-hand man (Sam Neill) with cracking the mystery of a missing ‘portable door’ – only to eventually discover their true, hidden agenda.
Featuring a game cast and terrific production design by the Jim Henson Company, this Australian adaptation of Tom Holt’s fantasy novel is a clever concoction reminiscent of the off-kilter works of Roald Dahl and Terry Gilliam.
7:30 PM, 27th May, 2023
In Busan, young mother So-young (Ji-eun Lee) abandons her newborn son to a church-run Baby Box, a last resort for parents to leave children they are unable to care for. Hoping to make a quick buck, two adoption brokers (Song Kang-ho, Gang Dong-won) steal the child to sell him on the black market, but their scheme is discovered by So-young. Much to their surprise, she demands to be let in on the action and the unlikely threesome set off on a road trip to find a home for the child.
Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda (Shoplifters) continues his tradition of delivering quietly funny, moving dramas about family – and his first Korean-set effort is no less than perfect.