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Cut & Wrapped: The Deep, We Steal Secrets, Akira and Palić festival all make the cut

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The Deep

NEW FILM: THE DEEP

This haunting, rugged and broodingly shot tale of peril at sea is the latest from Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur, who also directed 2000’s slacker hit 101 Reykjavik. It's based on the true 1984 ordeal of a fisherman who survived a shipwreck and impossibly freezing temperatures to swim to shore, only to face the skepticism of locals. Far from treating him as a hero, they demand answers as to how this corpulent, chain-smoking boozer has done it. Tense action plays a part, but the film's more concerned at delving – with wry, understated humour – into the human condition.

Out in the UK on Friday 12 July.

NEW DOCUMENTARY: WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS

From leaks about Swiss banking tax evasion to uploaded Iraq war documents, WikiLeaks – the organisation started in 2006 by net activist Julian Assange – has been dedicated to making classified information public. The latest documentary from director Alex Gibney sets out key facts in this complex, murky saga. While Assange himself, his populist rep in tatters after rape charges in Sweden, refused to support the production (only previously recorded interviews with him feature), the film deftly serves up much food for thought on accountability and transparency.

Out in the UK on Friday 12 July.

OLD FILM: AKIRA

To mark its 25th anniversary, landmark Japanese animation Akira is being re-released. Director Katsuhiro Otomo adapted the cyberpunk classic from his own manga epic. It's 2019, and in Neo-Tokyo (a dystopian version of Japan’s capital city, which was annihilated in an apocalyptic explosion), two rival biker gangs are at war. Tetsuo comes up against opposition from the leader of his gang, The Capsules, over his plan to release imprisoned psychic Akira. The hugely influential film led the way for anime's growth in popularity outside Japan. It hits UK screens on Saturday 13th July.

FESTIVAL: EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL PALIĆ

This week, Dazed heads to Palić – just inside Serbia's border with Hungary – to check out the 20th edition of its European Film Festival, one of the region’s major film events. Sarajevo-born director Emir Kusturica (Black Cat, White Cat) and Russian filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov (Burnt by the Sun) will be awarded for their contributions to European cinema. The comp sections will show the latest in uncompromising European fare, including Austrian provocateur Ulrich Seidl's Paradise: Hope on lust at fat camp, Kazakhstani director Emir Baigazin's poetic vengeance tale Harmony Lessons, and Tomasz Wasilewski's intense Floating Skyscrapers – billed as the first gay Polish film.

The festival runs from July 13 to 18 in Serbia.

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