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In Conversation brings you closer to our festival guests, from the biggest stars to renowned figures in filmmaking, in a candid and personal setting.

CINEMA LEGEND AWARD RECIPIENT
IN CONVERSATION WITH: JOAN CHEN

8 DEC, SAT / 2:00PM – 3:00PM / 60MIN
NATIONAL MUSEUM of SINGAPORE, SALON

Joan Chen is one of cinema’s most respected Asian stars, having appeared in more than 40 film and television roles that straddle both the commercial and independent arenas. As Chen’s alluring screen presence continues to dazzle critics and audiences worldwide, she has also developed a career behind the camera as a director, producer and writer (starting with 1998’s Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl). Join the Shanghai-born, California-dwelling Chen as she reflects on her experiences in Asian, European and Hollywood cinema, and the methods that animate all her creative work.

Joan Chen is a Chinese-American actress, director, screenwriter and producer. She first gained recognition for the film Little Flower (1979), and achieved international acclaim for her groundbreaking performance in the Academy Award-winning film The Last Emperor (1987). She is also known for her roles in Twin Peaks, Saving Face and The Home Song Stories. Chen moved into directing with Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl (1998), which went on to win Best Film, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards. Her most recent directing effort, English, is slated for release in 2019.

IN CONVERSATION WITH: YONGYOOT THONGKONGTOON

5 DEC, WED / 7:00PM – 8:00PM / 60MIN
NATIONAL MUSEUM of SINGAPORE, SALON

An influential figure in Thai cinema, Yongyoot Thongkongtoon made an entrance with his internationally acclaimed directorial debut, The Iron Ladies, in 2000. Famous for creating lovable characters in his comedic films, Thongkongtoon branched out into the realm of horror with 2008’s 4bia, a four-segment horror omnibus, as well as romantic dramas in 2009 with Best of Times, Thailand’s submission to the 82nd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. In this session, discover the influences and inspirations behind his moviemaking (from writing to directing and producing), and find out how he consistently reinvents Thai cinema.

Yongyoot Thongkongtoon is a Thai film director, producer and screenwriter. Thongkongtoon’s directorial debut, The Iron Ladies, was the highest-grossing film in Thailand in 2000, highly acclaimed both domestically and internationally. The film won several accolades at the Thailand National Film Association Awards and a special mention Teddy Award at the 2001 Berlin International Film Festival. He currently works at three film and media companies: as Senior Creative Producer at Sanookdee Thaweesuk; co-founder, Senior Director of Marketing Communications and Senior Director of International Business Department at GDH 559; and co-founder of Hub Ho Hin Bangkok.

IN CONVERSATION WITH: DANIEL DAE KIM

6 DEC, THU / 7:00PM – 8:00PM / 60MIN
THE PROJECTOR, BLUE ROOM

Daniel Dae Kim made his mark in the TV series Lost, for which he shared a 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble, and was honoured with multiple individual awards. Known also for his roles in Hawaii Five-0 and the Divergent films, he continues to break new ground as an Asian-American actor who enjoys international success. Behind the scenes, Kim tries his hand at directing, as well as producing premier content for TV, film and digital media. We have a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the star as he discusses reinventing himself in this diverse industry.

Born in Busan, South Korea and raised in New York and Pennsylvania, Daniel Dae Kim discovered acting as a student at Haverford College. Famous for his roles on series such as Hawaii Five-0 and Lost, and on films such as the Divergent series, Kim spearheads production company 3AD in development partnership with ITV Studios America. Kim’s interests extend beyond arts and entertainment: He served as Cultural Envoy and Member of the U.S. Presidential Delegation at the World Expo in Korea, and works as an activist fighting the worldwide trafficking epidemic.

IN CONVERSATION WITH: SAMMI CHENG

7 DEC, FRI / 5.00PM – 6.00PM / 60MIN

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE, GALLERY THEATRE

Known for her star power and sensual vocals, Sammi Cheng is one of Asia’s most prominent singers and actresses. She started her film career with the feature Best of the Best, then starred in the popular romantic comedy Feel 100%. After a string of high profile leading roles, her performance in Wu Yen won Best Actress at the Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards in 2002, and garnered a nomination at the Hong Kong Film Awards. Uncover how the actress has cemented her style through a bold and diverse filmography, what drives her artistic pursuits, and her hopes for upcoming projects.

Sammi Cheng embarked on her journey in entertainment after winning the 1988 New Talent Singing Awards organised by Television Broadcasts Limited in Hong Kong. In the 1990s, she rose to become a superstar of the global Chinese pop scene. To date, she has sold more than 25 million music records worldwide and has performed more than 250 solo concerts around the world. Cheng has acted in close to 30 films under renowned directors such as Johnnie To, Wai Ka-fai, Stanley Kwan, Andrew Lau, Alan Mak and Felix Chong.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION 1
DEAR EX
WITH DIRECTORS MAG HSU AND HSU CHIH-YEN, AND CAST HSIEH YING-XUAN, SPARK CHEN AND JOSEPH HUANG

2 DEC, SUN / 2:30PM – 3:30PM / 60 MIN
NATIONAL MUSEUM of SINGAPORE, SALON

Dear Ex tells the story of a widow, her son and her late husband’s temperamental male lover. The unlikely trio embark upon the difficult path of grieving together: a journey they can only traverse with compassion and respect for each other’s memories of their beloved. In this bittersweet and heart-wrenching feature, starring Hsieh Ying-xuan, Joseph Huang and Roy Chiu, directors Mag Hsu and Hsu Chihyen examine the complexities of loss, identity and acceptance. We talk to the duo about their film’s conceptualisation, the birth of its characters and how the film relates to Taiwan today.

Dear Ex will be screened as part of the Special Presentation section on 2 December, 8pm at Capitol Theatre.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION 2
EERIE
WITH DIRECTOR MIKHAIL RED, PRODUCER MICAH TADENA AND CAST BEA ALONZO, CHARO SANTOS-CONCIO AND JAKE CUENCA

3 DEC, MON / 2:30PM – 3:30PM / 60 MIN
NATIONAL MUSEUM of SINGAPORE, SALON

An homage to the genre of convent-school horror, Eerie centres on the mysterious deaths of girls in St Lucia Convent, and their link to another tragedy that occurred years before. This subversive film is a sensory experience that calibrates a balance between fear and sympathy towards misjudged youth. Mikhail Red’s first foray into the horror genre stars Pinoy cinema heavyweights Bea Alonzo, Charo Santos-Concio and Jake Cuenca. Find out more about the inspiration behind Eerie, and how Red and his cast created a world torn apart by horror.

Eerie will be screened as part of the Special Presentation section on 3 December, 8pm at Capitol Theatre.