Singapore Film Festival Unveils 2016 Line-Up

By Wong, Silvia | Screen International, October 27, 2016 | Go to article overview

Singapore Film Festival Unveils 2016 Line-Up


Wong, Silvia, Screen International


The 27th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) has unveiled its full line-up, comprising 161 titles from 52 countries across 13 sections.

The selection includes 16 world premieres, nine international premieres and 18 Asian premieres.

Among them are new features by masters such as Garin Nugroho, Lav Diaz, Tran Anh Hung, Naomi Kawase, Fruit Chan, Anurag Kashyap, Reha Erdem, Trinh Minh-ha, Kirill Serebrennikov, Kelly Reichardt and Ken Loach, many of whose earlier works were previously screened at the festival, according to programme director Zhang Wenjie.

In addition to the masters, Wenjie adds that a number of new filmmakers from Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, Mongolia, Japan, Nepal, Turkey, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Latin America, Taiwan, Singapore and the US are featured across various sections.

10 Asian films are vying for the Silver Screen Awards, including the world premieres of Abdulla Mohammed Saad's Live From Dhaka and Wicaksono Wisnu Legowo's Turah, and the international premieres of Manuel Alberto Maia's Nokas and Jet Leyco's Town In A Lake.

They will be competing with other recent festival premieres such as K Rajagopal's A Yellow Bird from Cannes' Critics Week, Locarno competition title Anocha Suwichakornpong's By The Time It Gets Dark, Chu Hsien-Che's White Ant, which received a FIPRESI at Busan, Deepak Rauniyars' White Sun from Venice, as well as Verge by Ayhan Salar and Erkan Tahhuşoğlu and Boonsong Nakphoo's Wandering.

The Asian premiere of Malaysian director Dain Iskandar Said's noir fantasy thriller Interchange will kick offthe festival on November 23. It will be accompanied by the festival's first commission, The Pursuit Of A Happy Human Life, an omnibus film by Gladys Ng, who was the recipient of best Singapore short film last year.

Special Presentations

The Special Presentation will bring a gala showcase of three anticipated films: Mrs K, which premiered at Busan and reunites Malaysian director Ho Yuhang with iconic Hong Kong martial arts actress Kara Wai after their multiple award-winning At The End Of Daybreak; Indonesia's renowned female director Nia Dinata's girl power musical film Three Sassy Sisters, which pays homage to Indonesian musical classic Tiga Dara by legendary director Usmar Ismail; and Myanmar-born Taiwan-based Midi Z's The Road To Mandalay, which earned the Fedeora Award for best film at Venice Days. …

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