Excerpts from the official website: â€œSmell of Rain ã€é›¨ä¹‹å‘³ã€‘, a Mandarin language film, is a simple poignant story about Xiao Qi (Nathaniel Ho), a lonely young man, trapped in his childhood grief of being abandoned just before a rainstorm. The film uses the recurring motif â€“ â€œthe smell of rainâ€ to transport the protagonist back to his painful past. It explores the bittersweet, heartbreaking and yet tender moments that Xiao Qi experiences as he is reminded of the past while being shown the promise of the future.
Besides A Hero’s Journey, the only other Singapore film nominated in the Asian Festival of 1st Films is Becoming Royston. This is a coming-of-age tale about the son of a prawn farmer in an island village who finds his dreams — and love? — only when he leaves home for the mainland.
By Chan Kah Mei, Ho Choon Hiong, Eunice Lau, Christopher Len & Wang Eng Eng Released in 2006 In a nutshell A documentary about former Malayan communists now living in southern Thailand and their attempts to go home. One of the perils of making a film about a controversial political issue is that the question of political bias always gets tacked onto the film. I Love Malaya, however, tries to sidestep the matter of political ideology, and focuses on the very human element of passionately believing in something and paying a heavy personal price for that belief.
Friday night saw the finalists of the Canon DV Festival 2006 gathering in DXO for the awards ceremony. As seems to be the norm for all chic awards ceremonies, the atmosphere was dark, the people dressed to the nines or to the height of eccentricities (Yes, fez boy, I’m talking about you) and the drinks were flowing like the Nile.
Excerpts from the Official Movie Website: “The film takes a satirical look at the inflexibility of outdated governmental rules and regulations and the rigid mindsets of civil servants who follow rules to a fault, charming and delighting audiences with its humorous and perceptive insights.”
The Asian Festival of First Films opens this week and there are two Singapore films in the running. The first to be screened is a nomination for Best Documentary, A Hero’s Journey.