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‘Unlucky Plaza,’ John Woo’s ‘The Crossing’ Head Singapore Festival Lineup

HONG KONG – John Woo’s “The Crossing” will receive a special gala screening at the revived Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), to be held in December.

Festival organizers Tuesday unveiled a lineup with local film “Unlucky Plaza,” a black comedy by Ken Kwek, as the opening film.

The festival’s closing film is “In The Absence of the Sun,” by Indonesia’s Lucky Kuswandi. The other gala presentation is “Chiang Khan Story,” a romance by Thailand’s Yuthlert Sippapak.

Eleven Asian films compete for the Silver Screen competition award: Pepe Diokno’s “Above The Clouds” (Philippines); Park Jung-bum’s “Alive” (South Korea); Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s “Ant Story” (Bangladesh); Natsuka Kusano’s “Antonym” (Japan); Chaitanya Tamhane’s “Court” (India); Yee Chih-yen’s “Meeting Dr. Sun” (Taiwan); Liew Seng Tat’s “Men Who Save The World” (Malaysia); The Maw Niang’s “The Monk” (Myanmar); Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s “The Owners” (Kazakhstan); Eddie Cahyono’s “Citi” (Indonesia); and Chonlasit Upanigkit’s “W” (Thailand).

Winners will be selected by a jury headed by China’s Wang Xiaoshuai and also including Huang Lu, Kongdej Jaturanrasmee and Singapore director Kelvin Tong. They will be announced on Dec. 13.

The SGIFF and Silver Screen Awards are part of the Singapore Media Festival umbrella event, which also includes the Asia TV Forum, ScreenSingapore, and Asian Television Awards.

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