Love Me, Tease Me: Pillow Talk with the Directors

2 DEC, SUN / 11:00AM – 1:00PM / *SCAPE

‘Love Me, Tease Me’ is an omnibus commissioned by A-List, featuring 10 shorts by 10 exciting young Southeast Asian directors. Each director’s interpretation of this theme is different: Some are melancholic, some packed with fun. Some play with time and space, some involve out-of-this-world experiences… there’s even a non-human one. Whatever you make of the premise, the collection is sure to stretch your imagination.


Amanda Nell Eu is a Malaysia-based filmmaker who explores the female body and identity within the context of Southeast Asia. Her latest short, It’s Easier to Raise Cattle, premiered in competition at the 2017 Venice Film Festival. She is developing her first feature, Tiger Stripes (SGIFF Southeast Asian Film Lab 2017).

Title: Vinegar Baths
Logline: A tired and overworked nurse at the maternity ward finds joy when she is alone roaming the hospital corridors at night. It’s the time when she can finally eat.

While at Chulalongkorn University, Laotian Anysay Keola made Another Love Story, one of five films awarded the Distinguished Prize at the 2011 Young Thai Artist Awards. His thesis film, At The Horizon, was the first commercial Lao film to be broadcast on HBO Asia. He also founded Lao New Wave Cinema Productions.

Title: The Tuk Tuk Of The Fifth Kind
Logline: A Tuk Tuk driver strongly believes that he is able to communicate with an alien from another star. The alien gives him a mission and promises to bring him to their Utopia planet after he completes a mission for them.

Cambodian filmmaker Kavich Neang directed his first short, A Scale Boy, in 2010 during a documentary film workshop led by Rithy Panh. A participant of Cannes’s Cinéfondation 2017-2018 filmmaking residency, he is currently developing his first narrative feature, White Building. He is also co-founder of production company Anti-Archive.

Title: New Land Broken Road
Logline: Three young hip-hop dancers question their hopes and doubts on a deserted road. They meet a young female street vendor.

Le Bao was born in the slums of Saigon. His shorts include Coal, inspired by his father, and Scent, winner of the Golden Heart award at YxineFF 2014 and in competition at the 26th SGIFF. His upcoming debut feature, Taste, won both a Co-Production Award and the ARTE International Prize at TorinoFilmLab, among other accolades.

Title: Unconsoled
Logline: Mien, a long-haired girl, tanned, slightly toned, has three close relatives: her mother, her father, and her grandmother; and then a horse. At the age of 20, Mien starts to wonder why would people choose to live apart, how are they going to love, hate, or yearn.

Indonesian film critic Makbul Mubarak co-founded the film scholarship website Cinema Poetica before becoming a filmmaker himself. He is an alumnus of Korea National University of Arts, and of Berlinale Talents 2012. His short film The Malediction (2016) received special mention at SGIFF 2017. He is developing his first feature, Autobiography.

Title: A Plastic Cup Of Tea Before Her
Logline: A taciturn store clerk spots an unlikely opportunity to get intimate with his crush, provided that she doesn’t find out

Nicole Midori Woodford’s latest short, Permanent Resident, screened in competition at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2018. The Singaporean’s first feature, You Are There, won the Open SEA Fund Award and the SEAFIC-TFL Award at the inaugural Southeast Asian Fiction Film Lab in 2017, and was selected for TorinoFilmLab’s 2018 FeatureLab program.

Title: Tenebrae
Logline: As residents of a high-rise apartment in Singapore vacate the premises for the last time before its demolishment, a young girl questions its demise.

Nik Amir Hafiz is a Kuala Lumpur-based producer and director. His acclaimed feature KIL (2013) took home various Best Film and Best Director awards: at the 2014 Malaysia Film Festival, at 8TV’s Shout! Awards and at TV3’s Anugerah Skrin awards. His latest feature, Terbaik Dari Langit, won Best Film at the 2015 ASEAN International Film Festival and Awards.

Title: Pengasih
Logline: Love is magical, literally

Sharifah Amani is a Malaysia-based actress and filmmaker, known for working with the late director Yasmin Ahmad. Amani has directed three shorts: Sangkar (2010), Kampung Bangsar (2012) and Hawa (2013). She landed a Best Music Video nomination at 2016’s Anugerah Industri Muzik 22 for Fynn Jamal’s ‘Suatu Pernah’.

Title: 5 minit
Logline: A young out of wedlock father waits the infinite five minutes to find out if his teenage daughter is pregnant out of wedlock.

Sheron Dayoc is a Mindanaon filmmaker. His first feature, Halaw/Ways of The Sea (2010), won four top awards at Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, a NETPAC Special Mention award at Berlinale, and various other prizes. An Asian Film Academy and NEXT Masterclass alumnus, Dayoc founded production company Lantern Studios.

Title: The Shoemaker
Logline: Set in Marikina, the shoe capital of the Philippines, an aging lady shoemaker gets a visit from her first love who abandoned her for three decades.

Bangkok-based Sorayos Prapapan started out as a sound recordist, then went on to screen shorts at Venice, Rotterdam, Busan, Clermont- Ferrand International Short Film Festival and Fribourg International Film Festival. His upcoming first feature, Arnold is a Model Student, was selected for various film labs. It received Rotterdam’s Hubert Bal Fund in 2015 and a Thai Ministry of Culture grant in 2018.

Title: Friend with benefit, without benefit
Logline: He ask her to be a model for his photo shoot. She’s quite busy but he insist “This role was written for you only” On shooting day she find out that She has to be in a mascot costume.