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Singapore International Film Festival

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Championing the voice of Asian Cinema, the 27th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) rolled out the red carpet for its gala opening yesterday at Marina Bay Sands. Celebrated Malaysian auteur Dain Iskandar Said opened the 12-day celebration of independent cinema with the Asian premiere of his fantasy noir thriller Interchange, together with his stellar cast including award-winning Indonesian TV personality and actor, Nicholas Saputra, husband-wife duo Iedil Putra and Prisia Nasution. Other special guests who graced the gala opening included actress and last year’s SGIFF Cinema Legend Award recipient Michelle Yeoh who is also this year’s Guest-of-Honour at the festival, …
sgiff2016

The 27th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) will cast a spotlight on three Singaporean filmmakers as part of its line-up this year. K. Rajagopal’s first feature film, A Yellow Bird has been shortlisted as one of the Asian feature films in competition as part of the Silver Screen Awards; a tribute will be made to the late Abdul Nizam during the festival to celebrate his works and contribution to the industry; and SGIFF’s commissioned short film by Singapore filmmaker Gladys Ng will make its world premiere during the opening of the festival on 23 November 2016. A co-production between Singapore …
‘Interchange’ will mark its Asian premiere at Southeast Asia’s longest-running international film platform.

The 27th edition of the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) will open with Interchange, a noir fantasy thriller by one of Malaysia’s most celebrated filmmakers, Dain Iskandar Said. Making its Asian premiere at the SGIFF after successful receptions at Locarno International Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival, the film’s opening will be on 23 November 2016. Interchange brings together Dain Iskandar Said’s love of noir films and his fascination with folklore. An Indonesian-Malaysian collaboration, the film is based on a chain of events triggered by a true incident that took place a century ago, when Norwegian explorer Carl Lumholtz travelled …
FourthDirection

In the history books during the film’s period of reference, the road to the famed golden temple at Amritsar was treacherous and ill-fated. In the film ‘The Fourth Direction’, the journey to Amritsar as taken by a few men, both physical and mental, also proved to be uncertain, difficult and particularly wayward. This is a film that takes several steps off the conventional beaten narrative track, breaking some rules in storytelling, edging on our curiosity and sense of adventure at some points and making us scratch our heads at most other points. ‘The Fourth Direction’ aims to explore the climate …
Banglasia Full

Namewee’s loss in weight was noticeable when he was in town for SGIFF 2015 last December. It’s been a rough ride for the Malaysian director, whose fourth film Banglasia, completed in 2013, has been banned in its country of origin since 2014. The action-comedy is set in an alternate reality where Malaysia comes under attack from the Luk Luk army. Harris (Nirab Hossain), a blue-collared Bangladeshi worker, emerges as the all-rounded hero in the film. Harris’ courage and generosity gains the friendship and admiration from his employer’s daughter, Siti (Atikah Suhaime), pro-Malaysian activist Han Guo Ren (Namewee), and Han Guo …
ParadiseFilm

Resignation reigns supreme in this somber film about the place of women in modern Iran. Directed by promising newcomer Sina Ataeian Dena, and co-produced by Yousef Panahi, brother of Berlin Golden Bear winner Jafar Panahi, Paradise follows the journey of a disaffected young woman, Hanieh (Dorna Dibaj), as she tries to escape the oppressive miasma of the conservative school she teaches at. Part documentary and part social drama, the most striking part of Paradise is easily its visual language: the often-used candid camera approach lends a sense of organic growth to the narrative, while the striking contrast between the outfits …