Taiwanese actress and model Sonia Sui Tang, and Singapore actress Yeo Yann Yann, were among the special guests who graced the gala opening of the Singapore International Film Festival, at Marina Bay Sands.
Sui and Yeo, together with Taiwanese director Lee Chung, both appear in the SGIFF’s special presentation of “The Laundryman.” Lee’s feature-length debut which revolves around a hitman haunted by the ghosts of his victims.
Directing duo, Cheng Yu-Chieh and Lekal Sumi, walked the red carpet with the cast of the festival’s opening film “Panay.” The cast includes Ado Kalitaing Pacidal, Bokeh Kosang, and Kaco Lekal, aboriginal actors, Dongi Kacan and Rahic Gulas.
Singer, Suming performed items from the film’s soundtrack, including the one that won the best original song prize at last week’s Golden Horse Awards, at the opening night after-party.
Hiep Thi Le, Matthew Foo, Ernest Seah, and Maria J, four members of the cast of “Bugis Street,” also stepped up for opening night. They will return to the SGIFF along, with director Yonfan, on Saturday for a 20 years after screening.
“Southeast Asia is rich with an eclectic mix of film talents and auteurs, each with their own unique expressions and styles. With over 150 specially selected films and programmes, SGIFF is a choice platform for the facilitating and expanding the conversation and interest on filmmaking, and it is always exciting to discover these independent voices and connect them with the wider international audience,” said SGIFF Executive Director, Yuni Hadi.
The festival runs from 26 Nov. to 6 Dec. 2015, at various venues, including Marina Bay Sands, the National Museum of Singapore, Shaw Theatres Lido, National Gallery Singapore, The Arts House, The Projector and The Substation.