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6 things to do this week of July 6 to 11

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The 2021 Cannes Film Festival starts July 6 but you can also have your own Cannes Film Festival experience at home through Mubi's playlist, which features Xavier Dolan's lush melodrama "Laurence Anyways." Photo from MUBI

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — This week, have your own Cannes film fest, register for a K-pop class, watch (or rewatch) a Black horror show, check out the first Netflix Original film from Russia; and shop new looks for more comfortable wear.

A selection of films from Mubi's Cannes Film Festival Focus playlist. Screenshot from MUBI

Have your own Cannes Film Festival

You can’t make it to the Croisette this week but you can still have your own Cannes Film Festival at home by streaming some of the best films from the film fest through Mubi’s Cannes Film Festival Focus. The playlist, handpicked by the folks at Mubi, features freakouts such as Michael Haeneke’s “The Piano Teacher” (Best Actress and Best Actor winners, Cannes 2001); Agnes Varda’s dumpster-diving documentary “The Gleaners and I”; Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s heart-wrenching family drama “Tokyo Sonata” (Un Certain Regard, Jury Prize winner, 2008); and Xavier Dolan’s fantastic melodrama “Laurence Anyways.” — Don Jaucian

Download Mubi in the app store. Subscription starts at ₱349.

Get into the ins and outs of a K-pop comeback with "Steps to a K-pop Comeback" class. Screenshot from FIFTH WALL/OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Register for a K-pop class

K-pop enthusiasts, from basic to saesang level, are all welcome to check out design studio And A Half’s “Steps to a K-pop Comeback” class. Get into the ins and outs of a K-pop comeback and explore “its intersections with performance, production, experience, and product design.”

The class is on July 17 but better to register early for the Zoom class. Registration fee is ₱250. — DJ

Jurnee Smollett stars as the feisty Letitia 'Leti' Lewis in HBO's "Lovecraft Country," which was recently cancelled by the network. Photo courtesy of LOVECRAFT COUNTRY/TWITTER

Stream “Lovecraft Country”

Though “Lovecraft Country” set the record for most-watched first episode of a new series on HBO Max when it was released in August 2020, HBO just gave the pulp-horror show the chop, prompting lamentations on Twitter from the show’s supporters. The series turned Lovecraft’s cult and cosmic horror on its head by featuring black characters and could have sent the author’s racist ass rolling in the grave. The show used the Lovecraftian style of pulp horror featuring doomsday cultists, tentacled monsters, and even the nine-tailed fox kumiho, to discuss white supremacy and segregation, but most importantly, joy and celebration in Black communities, in 1950’s America.

If you haven’t streamed this joyous and mysterious (and sometimes questionable) show on HBO GO (or HBO MAX, if you’re in the U.S.). If you have, go give it a rewatch and explore the show’s lore deeper. Too bad we won’t get to see “Lovecraft Country: Supremacy” (the proposed Season 2 title). — DJ

“Silver Skates” is the first Netflix Original from Russia. Photo courtesy of NETFLIX

Watch “Silver Skates”

I made the terrible mistake of underestimating “Silver Skates” as your run-of-the-mill Christmas movie but it’s actually a pretty breathtaking romantic epic. Set in the late 19th century and partly inspired by “Romeo and Juliet,” it tells the story of an aristocratic woman who falls in love with a poor ice-skating bread courier (think Grab Express, but skating on frozen canals). It indeed has all the trappings of a cheesy rom com, but I was charmed by the fact that it’s a Russian language film (apparently the first Netflix Original from Russia) and was stunningly produced: beautiful costumes, stunning sets, and earnest performances from leads Fedor Fedotov and Sofya Priss, who play Matvey and Alisa respectively. I thought the strong anti-bourgeois message was not only spot on, but much needed. The perfect film to warm your cold, dead heart. — Marga Buenaventura

Silver Skates is now streaming on Netflix.

Ipanema Confetti Sandals (₱1,795). Photo courtesy of IPANEMA

Try on these Ipanema sandals

The disinfecting rituals we all go through after going out gets so exhausting. Clothes are easy to deal with, because they can go straight to the wash, but what about shoes? I’ve been enjoying the Ipanema Confetti sandals, because I get the comfort of a slipper while feeling just a little bit dressed up — not quite in a shoe but still appropriate for going out. Made of 100% recycled materials, the Confetti sandals feature the brand’s buttery rubber soles and sturdy straps that are also adjustable. I like wearing them with a plain T-shirt and light denim shorts while going out for short errands. The outfit makes me feel like those hip and adventurous older female characters in Studio Ghibli films, like Ursula in “Kiki’s Delivery Service.” I don’t know if Ursula wore Ipanemas, but I’m living in that fantasy anyway. — MB

Shop for a pair of Ipanema Confetti Sandals for ₱1,795 each on ipanemaphilippines.com

Left: Sea Green Crop Cuts Tank and White Poplin Kilt Skirt. Right: Relaxed Drill Khaki Shirt and Khaki Drill Chino Shorts. Photos courtesy of HARLAN + HOLDEN

Check out Harlan + Holden’s new “therapy” collection

More than a year of working from home has made it tempting to be in sweatpants or the equivalent, even as places slowly reopen. To meet the moment, Harlan + Holden’s “therapy” collection delivers on the brand’s equity in one-step dressing, while refreshing with calming tones like sky blue, sea green, or pollen yellow. A standout piece is the kilt skirt with a mid-waistband and modest slit that makes it easy to get in and out of the car, or just readjusting in your office chair. Made in cotton poplin, it echoes the feel of other pieces in the collection, like the drill shirt in relaxed khaki. Both fabrics take creases well and are easy to clean. — APC