Apr 08 2011
There’s a rare chance to catch some independent Asian cinema on the big screen during Singapore’s first Southeast Asian Film Festival. The festival features emerging and established Singaporean directors plus films from six other countries in the region.
The event is being held at the Moving Image Gallery at Sam@8Q, an extension of the Singapore Art Museum, and kicked off on March 18. The selections are very diverse and range from a documentary on human trafficking (Halaw – May 6) to a satire about greed and ghosts (Singapore’s own The Blue Mansion – April 28). Don’t fret if your Tagalog or Mandarin is rusty – all movies are subtitled in English.
Each film is only played once and the show starts at 19:30 sharp. Tickets cost just S$10 (S$5 with a valid student ID card) and can be bought at the door or by calling (65) 6332 3200. Full details can be found on the Singapore Art Museum website.
I’m sorry for being late to write about the festival, but there’s still a month of intriguing films to come:
April 14: Red Dragonflies (Singapore, 2010)
April 15: Survive: Into the Heart of the Khmer Rouge Madness (Cambodia, 2009)
April 16: Bi, Don’t be Afraid (Vietnam, 2010)
April 21: Jermal (The Fishing Platform) (Indonesia, 2009)
April 22: Woman on Fire Looks for Water (Malaysia, 2009)
April 23: The Tiger Factory (Malaysia/Japan, 2010)
April 28: The Blue Mansion (Singapore, 2009)
April 29: Baby Arabia (Thailand, 2010)
April 30: Sawasdee Bangkok – 9 short films (Thailand, 2009)
May 5: Sheika (Philippines, 2010)
May 6: Halaw (Ways of the Sea) (Philippines, 2010)
May 7: Limbunan (The Bridal Quarters) (Philippines, 2010)
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