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Singapore International Film Festival

November 26 - December 06, 2015

Marine Bay Sands, Singapore

What’s It All About?

The largest and longest-running film event in Singapore, Singapore International Film Festival (SIFF), in its 26th year will feature 146 films from 51 countries across 11 sections. Founded in 1987 by Geoffrey Malone and L Leland Whitney, the festival celebrates independent cinema in the region, telling the Asia story in film. This year’s final line-up was shortlisted from 1,400 entries and comprises five world premieres, four international premieres and 18 Asian premieres for feature films. For this first time, the festival won’t be hosting a closing film.

India Connect

Last year, Chaitanya Tamhane’s courtroom drama Court represented India in the Asian Feature Film Competition section of the festival. Court also won the title of Best Film and Director at the festival. This year, Pan Nalin’s 2015 Hindi drama Angry Indian Goddesses will be the Indian film shortlisted for screening at SIFF 2015, Asian Vision.

The film tells the story of seven girls. It starts with Frieda, played by Sarah-Jane Dias, inviting her closest girlfriends to Goa to announce her wedding, which turns into a wild bachelorette party. The film is receiving accolades from around the world and is been sold to over 32 countries. The film was honoured with the Grolsch People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival and was screened at the 35th Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax. It has also been screened at the 11th edition of the Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) and Rome International Film Festival 2015.

Special Featurette

For this year, SIFF is hosting a special programme titled Between Visible and Invisible: Alternative Vision of Chinese Independent Documentary, to give depth to Asian cinema. The films to be featured include:

Li Wen At East Lake

Mr Zhang Believes

The Vanishing Spring Light

When The Bough Breaks

A Young Patriot

Cotton

Cut Out The Eyes

The Last Moose Of Aoluguya

Watch Out For

Opening Film

Panay

Cheng Yu-chieh and Lekal Sumi’s Panay is a story about an indigenous family in Taiwan, who comes of age in their bid to save their land from modern development. The film won the Audience Choice Award at the 2015 Taipei Film Festival.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

The Man Who Knew Infinity

In The Room

The Laundryman

Asian Vision

5 To 9

A Copy Of My Mind

Angry Indian Goddesses

Another Trip To The Moon

Big Father, Small Father And Other Stories

Cemetery Of Splendour

The Hijra

How To Win At Checkers (Every Time)

SILVER SCREEN AWARDS: ASIAN FEATURE FILM COMPETITION

The Black Hen

Happy Hour

The House By The Bamboo Grove

The Kids

Paradise

Poet On A Business Trip

CLASSICS

Bugis Street Redux

Mee Pok Man

Portrait Of An Artist As Filipino

Insiang

TRIBUTE

This year, the festival will pay tribute to Mohsen Makhmalbaf, who will also be bestowed with the 2015 Honourary Award. He will also host a Master Class along with Terence Chang, the head of the Southeast Asian Film Lab; Apichatpong Weerasethakul, whose Cemetery of Splendour will screen in the Asian Vision section; and actress Michelle Yeoh, recipient of the new Cinema Legend Award.

 

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