This October, SGIFF partners with Gardens by the Bay to host two free outdoor screenings in the lead up to the film festival, as part of our commitment to celebrate storytelling through cinema.
The inaugural Moonlight Cinema series begins with My Girl (USA, 1991) and My Girl (Thailand, 2003) – two coming-of-age films set in the time of childhood with the blossoming of first crushes. The films’ soundtracks have also gained popularity and become part of the cultural fabric of their times.
Before the film screenings, talented dancers from Luminous Dance Academy will perform to the iconic soundtracks of the two films at 8:15pm – 8:30pm on both 26 & 27 Oct.
Howard Zieff was a celebrated commercial director and advertisement photographer throughout the 1960s and ’70s. His most notable feature film, the Goldie Hawn-starring Private Benjamin, is included in the American Film Institute’s ‘100 Years… 100 Laughs’ list. My Girl and its sequel, My Girl 2, were his last two features.
Anna Chlumsky, Dan Acrkoyd, Macaulay Culkin, Jamie Lee Curtis
FRI, 26 OCT, 9-11PM
USA / 1991 / 102MIN / ENGLISH
A girl on the brink of young womanhood struggles with changes in her family and herself.
A coming-of-age comedy starring Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin (Home Alone) and newcomer Anna Chlumsky, My Girl is an irresistible story of first love and loss. Chlumsky makes an extraordinary acting debut as Vada Sultenfuss, a precocious 11-year- old tomboy obsessed with death. Dan Aykroyd is her widowed father, the town mortician, and Jamie Lee Curtis is the sexy cosmetician he employs.
Macaulay Culkin, in another endearing performance, is Thomas J., the boy next door who idolizes Vada. Their summer adventures from first kiss to last farewell which introduce Vada to the world of adolescence. The perfect film for parents to share with their children, My Girl is a motion picture to cherish.
Vitcha Gojiew, Songyos Sugmakanan, Nithiwat Tharathorn, Witthaya Thongyooyong, Anusorn Trisirikasem and Komgrit Triwimol are screenwriter- directors from Thailand. My Girl was their debut feature.
Jira Maligool, Prasert Vivattanananpong, Yongyoot Thongkongtoon
Vitcha Gojiew, Songyos Sugmakanan, Nithiwat Tharathorn, Witthaya Thongyooyong, Anusorn Trisirikasem, Komgrit Triwimol, Aummaraporn Phandintong,Yongyoot Thongkongtoon
Charlie Trairat, Focus Jirakul, Charwin Jitsomboon
SAT, 27 OCT, 9-11PM
THAILAND / 2003 / 110MIN / THAI
A young man en route to the wedding of his first love reminisces about his childhood in 1980s Thailand.
As the children of rival barbers, Jeab (Charlie Trairat) and Noi-Naa (Focus Jirakul) grow up next to each other in small-town Thailand. After a traumatic accident keeps Jeab from venturing too far from home, he and Noi-Naa occupy themselves playing house with girls from the neighbourhood. As Jeab grows older, he longs for more masculine companionship. He makes friends with a ragtag group of boys who demand he sever his ties with Noi-Naa to join them. Fast forward many years, and now Noi-Naa is getting married…
The debut feature of a group of six Thai filmmakers who met in university, My Girl was the top domestic film at Thailand’s box office in 2003, grossing over 140 million baht. It is regarded as a cult hit, as is its soundtrack, which featured 1980s Thai pop music.
This event is part of Gardens by the Bay’s Neon Jungle
SGIFF returns from 28 November – 9 December 2018 and will announce our full line- up on 23 October. Follow us our Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates.
Moonlight Cinema is brought to you with the support of the U.S. Embassy Singapore.