Very limited engagement for 'Solos'


SINGAPORE -- A Singapore film with homosexual themes has been pulled off the Singapore International Film Festival public screening schedule after the country's censors demanded three cuts, festival organizers said Friday.

"Solos," the only homegrown film scheduled to compete in the festival's Silver Screen Awards, will still be eligible for the competition and will be screened privately for the festival jury.

The film, directed by Kan Lume and Loo Zihan, was originally scheduled for an April 25 screening.

"The decision to cancel the public screening is a joint decision between the producers and the organizers of the festival to preserve the principal that films at the festival should be shown uncut," SIFF said in a statement.

The 77-minute "Solos," described as one of the SIFF's most daring films, explores love, desire and the struggle to express feelings and was inspired by the true story of a teacher-student relationship, the directors said.