SINGAPORE FILM FESTIVAL
Singapore Film Festival
14 – 17 Jan 2016
GSC Pavilion KL and GSC 1Utama
COME JOIN US at the first-ever Singapore Film Festival in Kuala Lumpur! Presenting a survey of 10 films from the 90s to the present, the festival opens with the Malaysian premiere of 7 Letters (2015). An omnibus of short films by seven of Singapore’s most illustrious filmmakers, 7 Letters tells each director’s heartfelt ‘love letter’ to home; many of which capture Singaporeans’ personal and poignant connections with Malaysia through the lens and language of cinema.
Look out for other landmark Singapore films including Eric Khoo’s seminal film 12 Storeys (1997) featuring Jack Neo in a domestic tale of heartland living unfolding within 24h; the critically acclaimed Ilo Ilo (2013) by Anthony Chen which won the prestigious Cannes Camera d’Or and Golden Horse Best Picture awards; and Sayang Disayang (2014) by Sanif Olek, a rare Malay-language musical film celebrating the beauty and grace of the Nusantara and starring Malaysian veteran actor Dato’ Rahim Razali.
The supernatural thriller genre takes centrestage in Lee Thean-Jeen’s Bring Back the Dead (2015) and Ms J Contemplates Her Choice (2014) by Jason Lai starring singer Kit Chan. In Banting (2014), Faeryville (2015), and Innocents (2012), emerging filmmakers explore youth angst, aspirations and coming-of-age with their signature trademark aesthetic. Rounding up the festival line-up, Lei Yuan Bin’s 03-Flats (2014) is a documentary on three single women living within Singapore ubiquitous public housing landscape.
Finally, get up close and personal with Singapore filmmakers in post-screening Q&A sessions with Royston Tan and Sanif Olek. For curious enthusiasts and serious film buffs, do join us at the public forum “Cross-Causeway Cinema: Opportunities & Challenges” where Royston and Sanif will engage their Malaysian counterparts Dain Said and Liew Seng Tat in a lively discussion sharing their industry experiences and anecdotes.
The Singapore Film Festival is the finale programme of Titian Budaya, a cultural season celebrating 50 years of friendship between Singapore and Malaysia.