Monday, December 2, 2013

If you did not have enough movies at Keppel Latin American Film Festival, ASEAN FILM FESTIVAL is here!

Okay. This is for film-lovers like me who fancies films that allow you to reflect on life. on things. on relationships. ASEAN FILM FESTIVAL is here~! (Sad thing is I'm going to be away from 5th to 10th so I'll be missing it - but here's the summary for you all :)

* Must RSVP to get the tickets - you can do so via the link above :)

Organised by the Singapore Film Commission, the ASEAN Film Festival (AFF) will take place in Singapore from 3 to 6 December 2013 to highlight and foster greater appreciation of the diversity in the arts and culture within ASEAN as part of the ASEAN City of Culture initiative. Open to the public for free, the AFF aims to provide an offering of award-winning and notable content by outstanding film talents in ASEAN. During AFF, audiences can look forward to viewing eight films from the respective ASEAN member countries, and also have the opportunity to interact with the filmmakers in attendance. Singapore’s award-winning film by Anthony Chen, Ilo Ilo, will be the opening film for AFF. 


4 Dec 2013, Wed, 7pm Atambua 39° Celsius (Indonesia)
4 Dec 2013, Wed, 920pm Ada Apa Dengan Rina (Brunei Darussalam)
5 Dec 2013, Thu, 7pm Past Present (Malaysia)
5 Dec 2013, Thu, 920pm Big Boy (The Philippines)
6 Dec 2013, Fri, 5pm Tang Wong (Thailand)
6 Dec 2013, Fri, 7pm At The Horizon (Lao People's Democratic Republic)
6 Dec 2013, Fri, 920pm The Missing Picture (Cambodia)


ATAMBUA 39° CELCIUS Indonesia, 2012, 90min, Drama (NC16 - sexual references)
Dir: Riri Riza
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2013
Vancouver International Film Festival 2013
BFI London Film Festival 2013
Tokyo International Film Festival 2012
Atambua is a very hot, dusty town in the Indonesian part of Timor. A boy from a family torn by East Timor's bloody independence is in conflict with his drinking father, misses his mother and falls for a girl with a past. Real people and real heat.
Rootlessness gnaws at the souls of East Timorese refugees in the dusty border town of Atambua. Bus driver Ronaldo escaped when violence broke out over independence after the referendum in 1999. He left his family behind but took his son João with him. Embittered, he swears he will only return when his birthplace is Indonesian again.João is now a teenager who avoids his father, hangs out with friends and seeks solace in cassette recordings of his mother's voice. Apart from Ronaldo being sacked for drinking, not much happens in their lives, until João takes a fancy to Nikia, a girl he hasn’t seen for a long time and who holds a painful secret.
Against the background of impressions of everyday life and religious customs on this largely Catholic island, we see how this encounter kick-starts the lives of the three again.


ADA APA DENGAN RINA (What’s So Special About Rina) (Brunei, 2013, 90min, Comedy)
Dir: Harlif Mohamad
Special Jury Award, ASEAN International Film Festival 2013
In Brunei culture, being single, 30 and good looking with a high paying job can put you under pressure. Hakim’s housemate, Faisal, has a theory about finding the perfect match and Hakim’s match is identified as Rina. Sceptical at first, Hakim meets a new colleague named Rina, a smart and gorgeous lady who he subsequently falls in love with and plans to propose to. In the meantime, Faisal tries to win a beautiful widow’s heart by competing in a reality singing competition.
Ada Apa Dengan Rina is Brunei first commercial and self-funded feature film. It is the second Brunei feature film that has ever been shown in Brunei cinemas after the film Gema Dari Menara (Voice from Minaret) (1968). 

 ASEAN Film Festival - PAST PRESENT 《 昨天 》

PAST PRESENT 昨天Malaysia, 2013, 76min, Documentary (PG13 - some sexual references)
Dir.  Saw Tiong Guan
Busan International Film Festival 2013
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2013
An exploration of Malaysian-born, Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang’s journey in film, both as filmgoer and filmmaker, tracing his philosophy as a director back to his childhood experience growing up in Kuching, Malaysia and the importance of moving to Taiwan in the 1970s. His colleagues and collaborators, including Ang Lee, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Chen Shiang-Chyi, discuss the uniqueness of his work and him as a person.

ASEAN Film Festival - BIG BOY 

BIG BOY (Philippines, 2012, 89min, Experimental/Family)
Dir: Shireen Seno
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2013
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013
Best First Film, Festival de Cine Lima Independiente 2013
San Diego Asian Film Festival 2013 
America has ‘liberated’ the islands, and the Philippines has just been proclaimed a new republic.
Every morning, at the crack of dawn, Father and Mother stretch Julio, pulling his limbs in opposite directions. He is made to drink a concoction made from the liver of codfish, believed to stimulate growth in children. He stands in the blazing heat of the sun. The family swells in size to six children. Father hunts for food while Mother tends to domestic duties, leaving Julio and his siblings alone, exposed to their lush natural environs. Soon enough, the youngest two are taken away and distributed amongst the two aunts without offspring of their own.
Big Boy chronicles the growth of a family, the myths of progress that consume them, and the violence not just in war and colonization but also that which is inherent in coming into being – for a boy, a man, and a nation.

 ASEAN Film Festival - TANG WONG 

TANG WONG Thailand, 2013, 86min, Comedy/Drama (PG13 - Scene of Intimacy and Coarse Language)
Dir:  Kongdej Jaturanrasmee
Berlin International Film Festival 2013
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2013
Seoul International Youth Film Festival 2013
Luang Prabang Film Festival 2013 
Four Bangkok youths who couldn't be more different: cool K-Pop dancer Em can't handle being dumped by his girlfriend; Yong and Jay are at risk of losing the final in a grand quiz; and Best must score points in table tennis for his sports scholarship. Yet they all have one thing in common: none of them really believes in the power of spirits but in their desperation they have all made a vow at a simple street shrine. When all their prayers are unexpectedly answered, they are faced with the new problem of having to honour their promises. The four must now take part in the public performance of a traditional Thai dance in full folklore regalia. Nothing could be more embarrassing. Rightly afraid of humiliating themselves, they frantically cast about for a way out of their predicament.
A story set in a country and a society that is caught between superstition, modern scientific thought and global commerce.


AT THE HORIZON Laos, 2011, 101min, Thriller (NC16 - some coarse language)
Dir: Anysay Keola 
OzAsia Festival 2012
Hanoi International Film Festival 2012
Balinale International Film Festival 2012
Luang Prabang Film Festival 2011
Sin, a wealthy boy in his early twenties born into a powerful family, is spoiled by his parents. He has never realized the importance of self-dependence and is widely regarded as irresponsible, arrogant and pompous. Sin’s life would intersect with Lud, a mute middle-aged mechanic. Lud lives a modest life with his wife and daughter. The story pivots around Lud’s imprisonment of Sin. This drama reveals the epic collision of revenge, corruption, and forgiveness.  Both characters move towards the point of no return.


L’IMAGE MANQUANTE (THE MISSING PICTURE) (Cambodia/France, 2013, 95min, Documentary)
Dir: Rithy Panh
Un Certain Regard Award, Cannes Film Festival 2013
Asian Filmmaker of the Year, Busan International Film Festival 2013
Ostrovsky Award for Best Documentary in "Spirit of Freedom," Jerusalem Film Festival 2013
For many years, I have been looking for the missing picture: a photograph taken between 1975 and 1979 by the Khmer Rouge when they ruled over Cambodia... On its own, of course, an image cannot prove mass murder, but it gives us cause for thought, prompts us to meditate, to record History. I searched for it vainly in the archives, in old papers, in the country villages of Cambodia. Today I know: this image must be missing. I was not really looking for it; would it not be obscene and insignificant? So I created it. What I give you today is neither the picture nor the search for a unique image, but the picture of a quest: the quest that cinema allows.

Screenings are open to public and admission is free, but registration is required as seats are limited. Click here to reserve a ticket, or on the links in the information for the films below. All screenings will take place at FilmGarde, Bugis+, 201 Victoria Street. 

• Guests must pick up their tickets 30 to 60 min before the start of the film. All remaining tickets will be given away on a first-come-first-serve thereafter. The festival reception counter is located at the Filmgarde box-office area. The festival organisers reserve a right to give up uncollected tickets after the stipulated time, and their decision is final.

• All screenings are free seating.

• If you are unable to attend the screening after you have registered, please release your tickets through the Eventbrite website or email objectifs

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