There will always be a part of a picture that appears most prominently to an observer. What are some of the latest film attractions that have spoken to juries and audiences in the festival circuit?
Foreground is a new section that presents some of the cinematic highlights of the year, including award winners, festival favourites and critically acclaimed new works from established auteurs. This year’s international palette includes 14 exciting feature films—some offer refreshing elements within popular genre conventions, while others unveil celebrated visions.
The days of an odd-jobber feel like grand feats in this taut celebration of life in precarity. A tonic for these anxious times.
Ana KATZ Argentina 73 Min PG13 (Some Coarse Language) Singapore Premiere
Wes ANDERSON returns to live-action with an anthology of short stories from an American publication, set in a fictional French city.
Wes ANDERSON 107 Min M18 (Nudity and Some Coarse Language) Southeast Asian Premiere
In this sobering portrait of a man repeatedly imprisoned for ‘deviant’ acts, solace can only be sought in his fellow cellmates.
Sebastian MEISE Austria, Germany 116 Min R21 (Homosexual Content) Southeast Asian Premiere
A moral gesture catapults a debt-ridden man into a public arena that brings unexpected fame but also a tragic downfall.
Asghar FARHADI Iran, France 127 Min PG Southeast Asian Premiere
Amidst personal and political turmoil, a ventriloquist bands together with a nun, sex worker and boy on the road to redemption.
Lav DIAZ Philippines 276 Min NC16 (Some Nudity and Coarse Language) Southeast Asian Premiere
A near-future romance that is playful, profound and unusual in its expression of human–android relationships.
Maria SCHRADER Germany 103 Min M18 (Sexual Scenes) Southeast Asian Premiere
Bearing a secret, a former actress returns to Korea and explores her past in HONG Sang-soo’s latest exploration of the quotidian.
HONG Sang-soo South Korea 85 Min PG13 (Some Coarse Language) Southeast Asian Premiere
A deformed outcast and blind musician’s friendship heralds a groundbreaking revolution in traditional Japanese noh theatre.
YUASA Masaaki Japan, China 98 Min PG13 (Some Violence) Southeast Asian Premiere
A free-spirited, estranged daughter finds that the world, once her oyster, has shrunk to a walking distance from her immobilised father.
Jacqueline LENTZOU Greece, France 108 Min PG13 (Some Coarse Language) Southeast Asian Premiere
Refusing to believe that the Second World War has ended, a Japanese officer takes his fight to the hills on a Philippine island.
Arthur HARARI France, Japan, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Cambodia 167 Min PG13 (Some Violence and Disturbing Scenes) Southeast Asian Premiere
Céline SCIAMMA’s follow-up to Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a whimsical yet beguiling fairytale exploring mother–daughter relationships.
Céline SCIAMMA France 72 Min PG Southeast Asian Premiere
Access to ethical judgement is held in custody as the mystery of a missing child unravels within the shroud of ufology.
Chema García IBARRA Spain, France, Turkey 97 Min PG13 (Coarse Language) Asian Premiere
A high-octane, genre-shifting tale of revenge that plumbs the depths of folkloric nightmares and postcolonial anxieties of West Africa.
Jean Luc HERBULOT Senegal 82 Min NC16 (Some Coarse Language) Southeast Asian Premiere
With one dying of cancer and the other trapped in a dead-end marriage, a pair of brothers search for their long-lost childhood sweetheart.
ZHANG Lu China 112 Min PG (Some Sexual References) Southeast Asian Premiere
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