DAY 6 – 12 Sept (Thursday) – Movies at 7:00 PM & 9:15 PM
Malaysia | Short | 17 mins 15 secs | 2017 | Dir: Aw See Wee
Synopsis: A Sunday afternoon and migrant worker Anne and her husband leave their five year old daughter in Kampung Tapir (Tapir Village), Malaysia to go back to work in Singapore.
On the way to Singapore, their bus hits a wild Malayan tapir which wanted to cross the road, but no one was eager to save it.
In struggling to choose a country to settle down in, Anne finds that she is like this endangered species, drifting from place to place to find a better life.
Screenings & Awards: 2017 Singapore International Film Festival (Singapore); 2018 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (France); 2018 Tampere Film Festival (Finland); 2018 Busan International Short Film Festival- NETPAC Award (South Korea); 2018 Seashorts Film Festival- Most Promising Filmmaker Award (Malaysia); 2018 Oaxaca Film Fest (Mexico)
Singapore | Animation | 3m 38s | 2018 | Dir: Raymond Limantara
Synopsis: A boy and girl fight for painting space, both refusing to give in until the mess they create gets out of control.
A MILLION YEARS
Cambodia | Short | 20 mins 46 secs | 2018 | Dir: Danech San
Synopsis: A young woman relaxes at a riverfront restaurant with a friend. She recounts stories of her past experiences, finding enchantment in the flow of the river and the trees on the mountains nearby. Strangely, she enters a parallel riverfront with a stranger and they both recount stories of fear and she finds herself in a realization of her confusion of reality.
Screenings & Awards: Busan International Film Festival; Singapore International Film Festival – Silver Screen Award – Best Southeast Asian Short; International Film Festival Rotterdam
MY LITTLE BOYS _ COUCH
Taiwan | Animation | 3 min 38 secs | 2018 | Dir: Jack Shih
Synopsis: The little boy discovers the aged couch in the living room with an already dented hole on the surface. Curious as he is, he makes it his personal storage space, stuffing all kinds of snacks and toys in it. He plans a secret space exploration along with his dog Donnie and transforms the couch into a super spaceship…
Screenings & Awards: The Lift-Off Sessions; NukhuFest; Cambodia International Film Festival; Athens ANIMFESTInternational Film Festival for Children and Youth KINOKLUB; ZLÍN FILM FESTIVAL – International Film Festival for Children and Youth; We Like ‘Em Short – Animation and Comedy Film Festival
SAINT RODRIGO’S PALACE | PALACIO DE SAN RODRIGO
Philippines | Short | 19 mins 21 secs | 2019 | Dirs: Len Frago, Mika Quizon
Synopsis: For the people living inside Palacio de San Rodrigo, their faith in Saint Rodrigo is unwavering. He showers them with abundant blessings. However, those who are not as fortunate, like the Dela Cruz family who live in the shanties beside the Palacio, it’s tough to make ends meet. Things get even more dire for the family when their son gets sick. To make matters worse, they are accused of stealing drugs from the well-off. This short film is a satire on the War on Drugs propagated by Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte and its impact on the poor and disenfranchised.
Singapore | Short | 11 mins 11 secs | 2018 | Dir: Leon Cheo
Synopsis: As they drive to San Francisco, married couple Angie and Danny debate a decision which will change their lives forever.
Screenings & Awards: 25th Austin Film Festival; 29th Singapore International Film Festival; 19th DC Asian Pacific Film Festival
PLEASE STOP TALKING (‘wag mo ‘kong kausapin)
Philippines | Animation | 13 m 33s | 2018 | Dir: Josef Gacutan
Synopsis: An elderly man tries to repair his relationship with his estranged son, but a mysterious black figure gets in the way. The film deals with the struggle of growing old and scars too deep to heal.
Argentina | 2016 | 1hr 48m |Comedy | Dir: Marcos Carnevale
Synopsis: A wealthy businessman searches for a therapeutic assistant after an accident leaves him paralyzed. There are several who are highly qualified, but he decides to take the assistant of his gardener, Tito, who has decided to resign.