The competition selection includes a couple of favorites from the autumn festival scene, “Dragonfly Eyes,” by China’s Xu Bing and “The Great Buddha+,” a Taiwanese movie directed by Huang Hsin-yao and shot extensively on an iPhone.
Other contenders are Ali Asgari’s “Disappearance,” Ana Urushadze’s “Scary Mother,” Tan Seng Kiat’s “Shuttle Life,” starring Sylvia Chang, Anucha Boonyawatana’s “Malila The Farewell Flower,” Matan Yair’s “Scaffolding” and Sekal Niskala’s The Seen and Unseen.”
In addition to the previously-announced out of competition opening film, “Angels Wear White” by Vivian Qu, the festival is giving a special presentation to “Oh Lucy!,” by Japanese first-time feature filmmaker Atsuko Hirayanagi. The film stars Shinobu Terajima and Josh Hartnett. Cannes-winner, “The Square” plays in the Cinema Today section, while Mouly Surya’s “Marlina The Murderer in Four Acts” plays in the Asian Vision strand.
Among the the Singaporean films presented at the festival are Singaporean, Wesley Leon Aroozoo’s first feature-length documentary “I Want to Go Home,” based on real events in Japan. It premiered in Busan this month.
The festival will present Indonesian filmmaker Garin Nugroho with an honorary award for his contribution to the film industry. A cinema legend award will be conferred on Japan’s leading actor, Koji Yakusho.
“The demand for quality content has never been greater today. In the last one year, we have witnessed bold experimentation from film auteurs to showcase diversity in storylines, genres and styles, as they push the envelope in film making. Staying true to our role as a vital focal point to uncover these gems and boundary-pushing creativity, this year’s festival line-up provides an insight into the talent that permeates the region and showcases the promise of the industry here in Asia,” said SGIFF’s newly installed program director Pimpaka Towira.