Scoping out strong festival discoveries and films of eclectic perspectives from all over the world, our selection of 10 international films will evoke curiosities as one traverses an array of emotions.
A potent, visceral debut on generational violence that heads towards uneasy ends.
Andrés RAMÍREZ PULIDO France, Colombia 86 mins PG13 (Some Drug References and Coarse Language) Southeast Asian Premiere
A Long Journey Home
Capturing a mix of volatility and vulnerability with brutal honesty, this documentary is an affecting portrait of a disintegrating family.
ZHANG Wenqian China 123 mins NC16 (Some Coarse Language) Asian Premiere
Religion, labour and capital intersect in this observational documentary on the lives of artisans in a factory that makes Catholic figurines.
Joseph MANGAT Philippines, USA, Taiwan 120 mins M18 (Mature Content) Asian Premiere
A refugee and a researcher are embroiled in a devious game of deception in this spellbinding island folk horror.
WOO Ming Jin Malaysia, Indonesia 91 mins NC16 (Violence and Sexual References) Singapore Premiere
An elegiac portrait of an achingly tender father–daughter bond revealed with the gentlest of touch in this luminous debut.
Charlotte WELLS UK, USA 98 mins M18 (Some Mature Content) Southeast Asian Premiere
Small, Slow but Steady
A deaf boxer navigates the rhythms of life in this contemplative, unassuming Japanese arthouse gem that defies sports film conventions.
Shô MIYAKE Japan, France 99 mins PG (Some Violence) Southeast Asian Premiere
Return to Seoul
A French adoptee visits her birth country of Korea, sparking a viscerally life-changing journey of self-discovery that spans years.
Davy CHOU France, Germany, Belgium, Cambodia, South Korea, Qatar 116 mins NC16 (Some Nudity and Drug References) Singapore Premiere
Dry Ground Burning
A radical sisterhood of oil pirates fights for economic independence and community in this hybrid stunner set in a Brazilian favela.
Joana PIMENTA, Adirley QUEIRÓS Brazil, Portugal 153 mins M18 (Some Mature Content and Course Language) Southeast Asian Premiere
Boasting a tour de force ensemble, Leila’s Brothers is a masterful family drama that echoes Greek tragedies.
Saeed ROUSTAEE Iran 169 mins PG13 (Some Coarse Language) Southeast Asian Premiere