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Organizers of the Singapore International Film Festival in December have unveiled 147 features and short films from 50 countries that will feature at the 25th edition of the fest, which were selected from over 1,000 entries received.
The festival will feature 11 sections, including opening and closing, filmmaker in focus, Asian Vision, Cinema Today and Panorama, while it will also include a documentary section and a special tribute to Im Kwon-Taek.
“The festival’s focus has always been to have a strong emphasis on Asia and Southeast Asia. What’s different this year is having a brand new team to look at Asian cinema from a fresh perspective,” said Yuni Hadi, SGIFF’s executive director, in a statement.
The film festival is marking its return after a two-year absence. It will be part of the Singapore Media Festival, which also includes the Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF), ScreenSingapore (SS) and Asian Television Awards (ATA).
Ken Kwek‘s Unlucky Plaza, which caused a stir at Toronto, will open the festival, while other Singapore movies in the lineup include Standing in Still Water by Ric Aw and As You Were by Liao Jiekai.
Zhang Wenjie, festival director of SGIFF, said the aim was to deliver a program that was more compact and focused.
“For a festival like ours, it is about finding an original voice that stands out amid the information clutter we all live in. Audiences will be able to discover films that have a distinct expression, and directors who articulate their narratives with a clear vision,” said Zhang.
“We want to expand the conversation on filmmaking, encourage in-depth exchanges and create a vibrant festival,” Zhang said.
Among the movies featuring will be Stage Sisters, by Xie Jin, while Andrea Capranico’s documentary The Undertaker will have its world premiere.
The closing film is In the Absence of the Sun by Lucky Kuswandi, his second feature, which touches on contemporary Indonesia’s social issues.
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