Singapore International Film Festival Reveals 2016 Lineup

27th SGIFF Press Conference - Photo courtesy of SGIFF and Bonnie Yap Photography

The 27th edition of the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) has revealed its full festival lineup and special programmes on October 27th, in an intimate sharing session with the press and filmmakers.

The lineup, spanning 161 titles from 52 countries in 13 sections, can also boast of being the site of 18 Asian premieres, 9 international premieres, and 16 world premieres. 

Festival Opener and Special Presentations

The festival will open with the Asian premiere Malaysian neo-noir thriller Interchange by director Dain Iskandar Said, and the world premiere of the first ever Festival Commission, The Pursuit of a Happy Human Life, by director Gladys Ng, who also won Best Singapore Short Film in the 26th edition of SGIFF.

Three films will also be screened in special gala showcases across the 12-day Festival: Mrs K, a unique take on the Wu-Xia genre by Malaysian director Ho Yuhang featuring Hong Kong veterans Kara Wai and Simon Yam; Three Sassy Sisters, a musical by director Nia Dinata inspired by the Indonesian classic Tiga Dara; and The Road to Mandalay, a dramatic thriller by Myanmar-born Taiwan-based rising star Midi Z.

The Special Presentation screenings will be presented with their directors and casts in attendance.

The Silver Screen Awards

Ten films will compete in the four categories of the Asian Feature Film Competition in the 27th edition of SGIFF, with the works of Bangladeshi director Abdulla Mohammed Saad, Live From Dhaka, and Indonesian director Wicaksono Wisnu Legowo, Turah, making their world premieres, and Nokas by Indonesian director Manuel Alberto Maia and Filipino director Jet Leyco’s Town In A Lake making their international premieres.

Other competing films include recent premieres from the festival circuit: Singaporean director K Rajagopal’s A Yellow Bird in Cannes, Thai filmmaker Anocha Suwichakornpong’s By The Time It Gets Dark in Locarno, FIPRESI recipient Chu Hsien-Che’s White Ant in Busan, and Nepalese Deepak Rauniyars’ White Sun in Venice.

The jury panel for the Asian Feature Film Competition is led by jury head Naomi Kawase, the Japanese film festival darling, and supported by Hong Kong director Herman Yau, Lebanese documentarian Jocelyn Saab, and Singaporean actor Sunny Pang.

The Awards will also be presenting the Cinema Legend Award to acclaimed Hong Kong actor Simon Yam, and feature a tribute to Hong Kong filmmaker Fruit Chan.

Singapore Panorama and Asian Vision

The Singapore Panorama section will be presenting four world premieres by local directors: omnibus film 4 Love, Kan Lume’s coming-of-age drama Ariel & Olivia; Min-Wei Ting’s experimental I’m Coming Up; and Sam Loh’s erotic thriller Siew Lup, itself a follow-up to his 2014 film Lang Tong.

The Asian Vision section will be presenting the world premieres of Chinese auteur Li Hongqi’s Hooly Bible II, the prolific Korean provocateur Lee Sang-woo’s Walking Street, as well as the international premieres of Thai director Kongkiat Khumesiri’s Khun Pan, and Malaysian New Wave pioneer Amir Muhammad’s first film after a seven-year hiatus, Voyage Of Terengganu.

Special Programmes

SGIFF will be hosting five masterclasses with acclaimed directors, Tran Anh Hung, Naomi Kawase, Herman Yau, Anurag Kashyap, and Fruit Chan, throughout the Festival period.

A dialogue session with leading auteur Darren Aronofsky will also be held, along with a screening of his stunning and critically acclaimed debut, Pi.

The 27th Edition of the Singapore International Film Festival will run from the 27 November to 8 December 2016, in conjunction with the Singapore Media Festival.
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