S’pore Biennale artist heads for Venice film fest
A LOCAL artist’s enigmatic video installation about Singapore’s longkangs has fittingly reached the shores of the city famous for its canals.
All The Lines Flow Out, a tweaked version of Charles Lim’s video installation for the Singapore Biennale 2011 (SB2011), will be screened in competition at this year’s Venice Film Festival, which kicks off at the end of August.
Lim’s 21-minute experimental film is included in the festival’s Orrizonti (New Horizon) section dedicated to new cinematic trends.
“I feel very honoured and humbled, especially when you look at the list of people (who have been part of the festival). Some of these are my heroes, like (Akira) Kurosawa and (Martin) Scorsese,” said the 38-year-old artist.
Lim’s inclusion comes at the heels of other Singaporean film-makes that have graced the oldest film festival in the world, including Eric Khoo and Royston Tan. In 2009, two local films also made the grade for the Corto Cortissimo section of short films: Er Ren (For Two) by Tan Shijie and Earth by Ho Tzu Nyen, who incidentally represented Singapore at this year’s Venice Biennale as well.