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The English language knows only of one word: love. But in ancient Greece, they had four different words to express the different meanings of love.

This love month of February, Sinemaʼs four films will attempt to bring to screen phileo, agape, eros and storge, exploring the meaning of true love in the most unconventional ways.

Phileo, also known as friendship, is the basis of THE NEGATIVE EFFECT. Directed by Malaysian Dick Chua, THE NEGATIVE EFFECT is a tale about a group of youngsters, their love for each other, and their love for their art. Obsessed with film photography in todayʼs digital age, 40 young photographers travel to the historic city of Penang to organise a camera exhibition. In a foreign city with zero funding and zero publicity for the event, will their dream exhibition be a success?

“If God wants to be worshipped only one way, then why does he create us differently?” Exploring the agape (unconditional) love of God intertwined with the eros (romantic) love between a couple is the Indonesian film CIN(T)A. Directed by Sammaria Simanjuntak, the movie revolves around Cina, a spirited 18 year old college freshman, Annisa, a 24 year old senior whose fame and beauty have left her lonely, and (T), the most unpredictable character everyone calls “God”, but nobody really knows who he… or she is.

Join us for an exclusive session with the directors of CIN(T)A and THE NEGATIVE EFFECT on the 12th of February.

The last two films weʼre bringing back this month are directed by Singaporean filmmaker Han Yew Kwang, which depict both the sensual love of eros, and the familial affection of storge.

Can a manly woman and womanly man fall in love? How much does your love weigh? Romantic comedies WHEN HAINAN MEETS TEOCHEW and 18 GRAMS OF LOVE are humourous yet bittersweet tales of unconventional love in our postmodern world.

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