Southeast Asian Short Film Competition: Programme 1

From being a wandering spirit, to plotting something up to no good, these films convey the subjects longing, erraticness and struggles in an unpredictable world.

Screening

1 Dec, Fri / 7:00 PM / National Gallery Singapore
Various Countries / 2016, 2017 / 107MIN / Various Languages / PG
*Filmmaker in Attendance



Kampung Tapir

World Premiere / Malaysia / 2017 / 17MIN / Mandarin, English, Bahasa Malaysia

The struggles of making a living and searching for a better life plagues Anne, leaving her in a dilemma on where she should settle down with her family.

CAST & CREDITS

Director

Aw See Wee is a graduate of the National Taiwan University of the Arts. His works centre around family relationships and social issues.


Song X

Singapore Premiere / Thailand / 2017 / 20MIN / No Dialogue

A deserter awakes to discover that his body is lying lifelessly. Embarking on this new journey, he encounters a group of teenagers who intend to give him a cremation ceremony. At the same time, the military patrol is searching for his dead body.

CAST & CREDITS

Director

Mont Tesprateep holds a Master’s degree in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts, London. He is currently developing his first feature film.


Accolades

• In-competition, Locarno International Film Festival 2017

The Malediction

International Premiere / Indonesia / 2016 / 27MIN / Bahasa Indonesia, Javanese, Arabic

In a religiously conservative town, Haji Halim lives his life as a wealthy man. He decides to marry a young widow despite opposition from his wife. She decides to curse him and unfortunate events soon follow.


CAST & CREDITS

Director

Makbul Mubarak is a film critic turned filmmaker. His debut feature film project, The Autobiography, is selected for the Torino Film Lab 2017.


Accolades

• In-competition, Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival 2016

Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month

Singapore Premiere / Philippines / 2017 / 13MIN / Tagalog

Jodilerks, a gas station attendant, is on her last day of duty. She has some plans up her sleeve and the night is still young…


CAST & CREDITS

Director

Carlo Francisco Manatad is a Filipino film director and editor based in Manila. His films have screened at major festivals including Cannes and Locarno. He is currently working on his first feature film Whether The Weather Is Fine.


Accolades

• International Critics’ Week, Cannes Film Festival 2017
• Official Selection, Busan International Film Festival 2017
• Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2017

Five Trees

五丛树下

World Premiere / Singapore / 2017 / 10MIN / No Dialogue

A chance encounter led old lovers, Keow and Mok, to reunite again at the Five Trees.


CAST & CREDITS

Director

Nelson Yeo is a Singaporean filmmaker whose films have been screened at various local and international film festivals. He participated in the Berlinale Talents Tokyo in 2014, BiFan Fantastic Film School and Autumn Meeting in 2015 and 2016. He is currently working on his debut feature film.


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Nyi Ma Lay

World Premiere / Singapore / 2017 / 20MIN / No dialogue

An unsettling observation into the somber state surrounding a troubled young domestic helper.

CAST & CREDITS

Director

Born in Singapore, Chiang Wei Liang was an alumnus of the Golden Horse Film Academy, mentored by director Hou Hsiao-Hsien. His short film Anchorage Prohibited won the Best Short Film at the Taipei Film Awards and the Audi Short Film Award at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.



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