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Sinema Showoff! is Crossing the Causeway in November

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We are visiting our friends Palate Palette in Kuala Lumpur this Deepavali with a good selection of internationally-acclaimed Singapore films.

The Indian-influenced selection has been specially curated for the Malaysian audience by Singapore Polytechnic.

Our hosts will be screening the films as part of their monthly “Anything Goes, Anything Shows!” Film programme. The session is scheduled for Tuesday, 16 November, 9pm at Palate Palette Restaurant & Bar (21 Jalan Mesui, off Jalan Nagasari, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). Admission and popcorn is FREE.

Anything Goes, Anything Shows!
Sinema Showoff! Masala Mix (A Deepavali Special)

Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Upstairs Lounge, Palate Palette Restaurant & Bar
21 Jalan Mesui, off Jalan Nagasari, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
T : +603 2142 2148 www.palatepalette.com

9pm. Admission and Popcorn is FREE.

Programme Highlights

1. DEADLY SECRETS (MALAYSIAN PREMIERE)
Pugalenthii Ramakrishnan | English | 23mins

Akilan a retiree looses all his retirement savings after listening to the advice of his Indonesian mistress Rokiah who practices black magic. When he sets out to recover his money he puts himself in danger and also his loving wife who has trusted him all his life.

Director’s Bio:
Pugalenthii is a successful entrepreneur, author, editor, life coach and scriptwriter. He is one of Singapore’s most prolific horror writers, having created the successful best-selling horror series, Nightmares, which has over 30 titles. As the founder and publisher of VJ Times International, he published over 170 Singaporean writers and poets over a period of 20 years.

~~~ Previous Screenings ~~~
Official Selection, Sinema Showoff! Masala Mix 2, Singapore
Honorable Mention, 3rd Indie Short Film Competition, USA

2. DURAI & SARO (MALAYSIAN PREMIERE)
Prema Menon | Tamil, English & Tagalog | 28mins
Durai, a construction worker from India, faces pressure to remit more money back home. He takes on a part-time job by washing cars early in the morning. He meets Saro, a Filipino domestic maid, who washes her employer’s car in the same car park.

Supported by Singapore Film Commission (SFC).

Director’s Bio:
Prema Menon graduated from Murdoch University, Australia with a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies (Hons). Prema spent 18 months in India’s film industry working as an assistant director on a Tamil and Telugu film with noted filmmakers Selvaraghavan and Susi Ganesan. She credits her time in India as the most eye opening and experiential step in her career thus far- and one that she took many lessons from. Prema remains busy running her own video and event coverage company plus freelancing for other major production houses in Singapore.

Director will be in-attendance for Q&A after the screening.

Soundtrack:
The music of this film was taken from the CD compilation, “Migrant Voices”.

“Migrant Voices” was an initiative to bring together the musical talents of migrants from overseas who have put in their heart and soul to the growth of Singapore society, and aimed to raise funds through a music album.

Trivia:
The Director volunteers with Migrant Voices and found ‘Saro’ for casting in a local shelter for abused maids.

~~~ International Film Festivals & Curated Programmes ~~~
Curator’s Pick, Sinema Showoff! Masala Mix, Singapore
Official Selection, Singapore Short Film Festival 2010
Official Selection, Migration Film Festival 2010, Singapore
Official Selection, San Diego Asian Film Festival 2010, USA
Official Selection, Singapore Film Festival Melbourne, Australia
Official Selection, Vancouver Singapore Film Festival, Canada

3. MAT ROCK DIARY VOL.1 (WORLD PREMIERE)
Pfett | Malay, Tamil & English | 27mins

The big boss of the pirated DVD business, K Diddy, has been backstabbed by one of his trusted man, Steven. As two of his lackeys are in Bangkok with the mission to buy fake branded underwear for him, his subordinate, X, offers to send his men to find Steven. After some hassle, they finally complete their task.

Director’s Bio:
Pfett comes has a rich heritage background. He is a Malay Eurasian married to a wonderful Chinese – Indian woman. He took close to three years to complete MAT ROCK DIARY Vol.1.

Director will be in-attendance for Q&A after the screening.

~~~ Previous Screening ~~~
Official Selection, Sinema Showoff! Best Mix of Heritage, Singapore

4. à la folie (Like Crazy)
Sanif Olek | English & Malay | 11mins

Set on Serangoon Road in Singapore’s “Little India” quarter, the mythical characters of Sinta, Arjuna and Rawana from the classic Ramayana text are reincarnated in this present-day postmodern rock-and roll remix.

Director’s Bio:
Sanif Olek is Singapore’s finest Malay-language TV director and independent filmmaker. Sanif’s strength lies with merging commercial expectations with art house sensibilities for a mainstream audience.

In a career spanning 15 years Sanif has produced numerous award-winning TV programmes, music videos and commercials. Sanif himself has won the Best Director award twice at MediaCorp’s Pesta Perdana that honours the best in the Malay television industry in Singapore.

After A-Levels Sanif completed his National Service, where he was enlisted as a Commando.

He then went on to do a Diploma in Film & Media Studies from Ngee Ann Polytechnic and a Bachelor of Arts (Media & Communications) from Murdoch University.

Sanif currently juggles between full-time television work and completing his debut feature film, RAMUAN RAHASIA (THE MISSING INGREDIENT).

~~~ Selected Previous Screenings ~~~
Best Short Film, 4th Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival 2009
Official Selection, Montreal World Film Festival 2009, Canada

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