Platforming important new works by some of the most established filmmakers today. The section profiles six films as representative of the highest standards in contemporary filmmaking.
The Novelist’s Film
A novelist’s affinity with a younger actress leads to a film collaboration in this work of startling intimacy from Hong Sang-soo.
HONG Sang-soo South Korea 92 mins PG Singapore Premiere
Two tales about love and escape—entwined, embattled and unfurling through understated yet witty subversions of cinematic conventions.
Jafar PANAHI Iran 107 mins PG Singapore Premiere
A Tale of Filipino Violence
A poignant family saga examining how a nation’s historical trauma fuels the repetition of its dictatorial past.
Lav DIAZ Philippines 412 mins NC16 (Mature Content and Some Violence) Southeast Asian Premiere
A finely tuned elegy to disappearing traditions in this immersive family drama set in a Catalonian village.
Carla SIMÓN Spain, Italy 120 mins NC16 (Some Coarse Language and Drug References) Southeast Asian Premiere
A rural Transylvanian town is plagued by xenophobia—and an unseen threat looming the forest.
Cristian MUNGIU Romania, France 125 mins M18 (Nudity and Some Mature Content) Southeast Asian Premiere