SOUTHEAST ASIAN SHORT FILM COMPETITION: Program 2

These characters face their dilemmas head on – from personal struggles to observations of life’s absurdities.

Screening

7 Dec, Fri / 9:30 PM / National Gallery Singapore
2018 / 101 MIN / Various Languages / PG13: Some Coarse Language
*Filmmaker in Attendance



High Way

Malaysia / 2017 / 18MIN / Malay / PG

A young man travels back and forth between his parents’ public housing flats, searching for a beloved T-shirt so he can join his friends on a highway motorcycling trip.

CAST & CREDITS

Director

Chia Chee Sum started making short films, inspired by the everyday lives of urban dwellers, while studying at Malaysia’s Multimedia University. He is an alumnus of the Asian Film Academy.


Mother, Daughter, Dreams

Southeast Asian / Vietnam / 2018 / 19MIN / Vietnamese / PG13: Some Coarse Language

Phuong’s father vanishes after yet another quarrel with her mother. As the search for him goes on, the two women find themselves trapped in a maze of their own unfinished dreams.

CAST & CREDITS

Director

Duong Dieu Linh is an alumnus of the Asian Film Academy (Busan International Film Festival 2016) and the Locarno Summer Academy (Locarno International Film Festival 2015). She is currently developing a feature film.


A Room With A Coconut View

Thailand / 2018 / 29MIN / Thai, English / PG

Kanya, an automated audio tour guide, leads foreign guest Alex through a beach town called Bangsaen. Alex, however, decides to ditch Kanya’s overly regimented tour to explore the town himself.

CAST & CREDITS

Director

Tulapop Saenjaroen is an artist and filmmaker whose works encompass videos, delegated performances and public projects. A Room with a Coconut View had its world premiere at the 71st Locarno International Film Festival.


Manila Is Full Of Men Named Boy

Philippines, USA / 2018 / 20MIN / TAGALOG, ENGLISH / PG13: Some Coarse Language

A man travels from the U.S. to the Philippines to attend his estranged father’s birthday party. Hoping to impress his dad, he purchases a child to pass off as his own son.

CAST & CREDITS

Director

Andrew Stephen Lee is an M.F.A. candidate at Columbia University’s Graduate Film Program. His thesis film, Manila is Full of Men Named Boy, premiered at the 75th Venice Film Festival.


Ballad of Blood and Two White Buckets

Asian Premiere / Indonesia / 2018 / 15MIN / Bahasa Indonesia / PG

Shifts in religious beliefs imperil the livelihood of a couple who eke out a marginal existence selling foodstuff that some see as nutritious and others as haram.

CAST & CREDITS

Director

Yosep Anggi Noen’s short and feature films have screened at a number of notable film festivals, including Locarno, Rotterdam and Busan.