Southeast Asian Short Film Competition – Programme 5
Multiple Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, France 84 Min PG
Every one of these films is a window into other worlds, revealing the richness of human stories and personal subjectivities.
Elephants in the city
DAM Quang Trung Vietnam 16 Min PG Singapore Premiere
An intimate sketch of urbanisation and human connection.
A young woman meets up with her ex-boyfriends in a zoo, while a married teacher juggles an affair with a security guard in this study of human relationships amidst urbanisation.
You Are 56, Still Counting and Keep Counting; I Am 25
TAN Xin Yen Singapore 11 Min PG World Premiere
A dancer in a foreign country longs for home and her family.
Alone and longing for home, a dancer in a foreign country goes on a hallucinatory pilgrimage retracing the deserted landscapes of her youth.
Firdaus Balam Malaysia 24 Min PG Singapore Premiere
Two boys lament the decay of their village and their impending separation.
With news of land reformation in his small village, Frankie, who does not go to school, struggles to comprehend his friend’s eviction notice and the stark realities of modernisation.
Pom BUNSERMVICHA Thailand 18 Min PG Southeast Asian Premiere
An old Thai superstition conjures a nuanced reflection on gender roles.
As dark clouds begin to gather, a young female production manager is tasked to carry out the tradition of planting a lemongrass upside down on set.
The Men Who Wait
Unavailable for screening
TRƯƠNG Minh Quý France, Singapore 15 Min TBA
Three anonymous men seek gratification on a slag heap.
On a slag heap once trodden by coal miners, two strangers share a moment of intimacy, while a third man looks on with desire.
ScreeningsQ&A with filmmaker(s)
The Men Who Wait will still be in the running for SGIFF Southeast Asian Short Film Competition. The film can only be passed for public screening with edits and in accordance to SGIFF’s policy not to screen films that would require cuts, the film will be made unavailable for screening in Programme 5. We appreciate your kind understanding.
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