So. After a two year long hiatus, the Singapore International Film Festival is back – with more backing it seems – better website, more film (147) and better locations (okay maybe save The Projector at Golden Mile Tower).
It’s probably impossible to catch everything (Ken Kwek’s Unlucky Plaza is already sold out!) so we narrowed it down to 5 based on this criteria.
- Chance of it screening at a major theater near you.
This of course rules out The Crossing. Directed by John Woo. Stars Takeshi Kaneshiro. Nuff said.
- Must not be from Oceania.
It’s not us. It’s them. We just can’t get into films from that region.
Strange for a region that has produced Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman and the indomitable Yvonne Strahovski.
With that, we booked ourselves tickets to 5 different films in no time.
1) Winter Sleep
For the very fact that it was this year’s Palme d’Or.
2) The Obs
It’s probably going to be vignettes of the band with random tracks from their various 5 albums but we like The Obs. Probably a bit too much.
Korean cinema has a knack of serving up intense story-telling (Kim Ki-Duk) and visceral cinematography. We may be fed with misconceptions about the Korean cinema by Park Chan-Wook but we’re willing to chance it!
We’re not sure if the film has passed the censors yet. Previous editions of SGIFF have withdrawn titles late due to films not making the cut of Singaporean morality and values. In some ways, Ryuchi Hiroki reminds us of Jodorowsky’s comics. Strangely perverse, yet strikingly closer to heart than we would like to imagine.
It’s Juliette Binoche from Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Blue. Okay if you don’t know who that is, there’s also Chloe Garcia Moretz. It’s HIT GIRL IN AN ART FILM. (But seriously. If you’re watching this expecting Kick Ass. Please reconsider).
There’s still a month before it kicks off. What would you watch?