ASIAN PERSPECTIVE

Memoria

Schedule:
30 Nov | Tue | 11.00 | Empire XXI Studio 3
1 Dec | Wed | 10.00 | Empire XXI Studio 1
3 Dec | Fri | 11.00 | Empire XXI Studio 1

Indonesian Premiere
Burning S.A.S, Kick The Machine, Illuminations Films (Past Lives)

136 minutes
2021
Fiction
Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Writer: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Producer: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Diana Bustamante, Simon Field, Keith Griffiths, Charles de Meaux, Michael Weber, Julio Chavezmontes
Cast: Tilda Swinton, Elkin Díaz, Jeanne Balibar

Ever since being startled by a loud ‘bang’ at daybreak, Jessica (Tilda Swinton) is unable to sleep. In Bogotá to visit her sister, she befriends Agnes (Jeanne Balibar), an archaeologist studying human remains discovered within a tunnel under  construction.

Jessica travels to see Agnes at the excavation site. In a small town nearby, she encounters a fish scaler, Hernan (Elkin Diaz). They share memories by the river. As the day comes to a close, Jessica is awakened to a sense of clarity.

Sejak dikejutkan oleh ‘ledakan’ keras saat fajar menyingsing, Jessica (Tilda Swinton) tidak bisa tidur. Dia ke Bogotá untuk mengunjungi saudara perempuannya, ia menjalin pertemanan dengan Agnes (Jeanne Balibar), seorang arkeolog yang mempelajari sisa-sisa tulang manusia yang ditemukan di dalam terowongan di bawah tanah konstruksi.
Jessica pergi menemui Agnes di lokasi penggalian. Di sebuah kota kecil di dekatnya, ia bertemu dengan seorang penimbang ikan, Hernan (Elkin Diaz). Mereka berbagi kenangan di tepi sungai. Saat hari hampir berakhir, Jessica terbangun dengan perasaan yang jernih.

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Director’s Profile

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Apichatpong grew up in Khon Kaen in north-eastern Thailand. He began making film and video shorts in 1994, and completed his first feature in 2000. He has also mounted exhibitions and installations in many countries since 1998. Often non-linear, with a strong sense of dislocation, his works deal with memory, subtly addressed personal politics and social issues. His art projects and feature films have won him widespread recognition and numerous festival prizes, including two prizes (Special Jury Prize, and Palme d’Or) from the Cannes Film Festival. In 2016, a retrospective of his films was presented at Tate Modern, London. Since 2016, a large scale retrospective of his visual artworks has been held at various countries, starting at MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai, The Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), Manila, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, and Taipei Fine Arts Museum. His latest film, Memoria, sets in Colombia and features an actress Tilda Swinton, won the Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival in 2021. Apichatpong lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Apichatpong dibesarkan di Khon Kaen di timur laut Thailand. Ia mulai membuat film pendek dan video pendek pada tahun 1994, dan menyelesaikan film panjang pertamanya pada tahun 2000. Ia juga telah menyelenggarakan pameran dan instalasi di banyak negara sejak tahun 1998. Seringkali non-linier, dengan rasa dislokasi yang kuat, karya-karyanya berhubungan dengan memori, secara halus menyoroti masalah politik dan sosial personal. Proyek seni dan film panjangnya telah memberinya pengakuan luas dan berbagai penghargaan dari festival, termasuk dua penghargaan (Special Jury Prize, and Palme d’Or) dari Cannes Film Festival. Pada tahun 2016, program retrospektif tentang film-filmnya dipresentasikan di Tate Modern, London.Sejak tahun 2016, program retrospeksi besar-besaran karya visualnya telah diadakan di berbagai negara, mulai dari MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai, The Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), Manila, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, dan Taipei Fine Arts Museum. Film terbarunya, Memoria, berlatar belakang lokasi di Kolombia, menampilkan aktris Tilda Swinton, dan memenangkan Penghargaan the Jury Prize di Cannes Film Festival tahun 2021. Saat ini Apichatpong tinggal di Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Drive My Car

Schedule :
30 Nov | Tue | 17.15 | Empire XXI Studio 2
2 Dec | Thurs | 17.00 | Empire XXI Studio 3

Indonesian Premiere
C&I Entertainment
Japan
179 minutes
2021
Drama
Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Writer: Oe Takamasa, Ryūsuke Hamaguchi
Producer: Teruhisa Yamamoto
Cast: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Tōko Miura, Masaki Okada, Reika Kirishima

Yusuke Kafuku, a stage actor and director is happily married to Oto, a screenwriter. However, Oto suddenly dies after leaving behind a secret. 2 years later, Kafuku, still unable to fully cope with the loss of his wife, receives an offer to direct a play at a theatre festival and drives to Hiroshima with his car. There, he meets Misaki, a reticent woman assigned to become his chauffeur, As they spend time together, Kafuku confronts the mystery of his wife that quietly haunts him.

Yusuke Kafuku, seorang aktor panggung dan sutradara memiliki pernikahan yang bahagia dengan Oto, seorang penulis skenario. Namun, Oto tiba-tiba mati setelah meninggalkan sebuah rahasia. 2 tahun kemudian, Kafuku, yang masih belum dapat sepenuhnya mengatasi kehilangan istrinya, menerima tawaran untuk menyutradarai drama di festival teater dan pergi ke Hiroshima dengan mobilnya. Di sana, ia bertemu Misaki, seorang wanita pendiam yang ditugaskan untuk menjadi sopirnya, Saat mereka menghabiskan waktu bersama, Kafuku menghadapi misteri istrinya yang diam-diam menghantuinya.

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Director’s Profile

Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Born in 1978 in Kanagawa prefecture, Japan, Hamaguchi Ryusuke studied cinema at Tokyo University of the Arts where he directed Passion (2008) as a graduation project. Afterwards, he directed a co-production film between Korea and Japan, The Depth (2010), and went on to co-direct with Sakai Kou a documentary trilogy that presented interviews with the victims from 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. He drew huge attention with Happy Hour(2015) which received the Leopard for Best Actress at Locarno Film Festival and was invited to Cannes Film Festival with Asako (2018) to compete in the official section. After writing the screenplay of Wife of a Spy (2020) helmed by Kurosawa Kiyoshi, he directed Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy in 2021 which received Jury Grand Prix at Berlin Film Festival and wrote the screenplay of Drive My Car which received Best Screenplay at Cannes Film Festival.

Lahir pada tahun 1978 di prefektur Kanagawa, Jepang, Hamaguchi Ryusuke belajar sinema di Tokyo University of the Arts di mana ia menyutradarai film “Passion” (2008) sebagai proyek tugas akhirnya. Setelah itu, ia menyutradarai sebuah film yang merupakan karya co-production antara Korea dan Jepang, “The Depth” (2010), lalu lanjut menyutradarai sebuah trilogi dokumenter yang menyajikan wawancara dengan para korban dari gempa bumi dan tsunami Tōhoku bersama Sakai Kou pada tahun 2011. Dia menarik perhatian dunia dengan “Happy Hour” (2015) yang menerima penghargaan Best Actress di Locarno Film Festival dan diundang ke Cannes Film Festival untuk filmnya “Asako” (2018) yang berkompetisi di official section. Setelah menulis skenario “Wife of a Spy” (2020) yang disutradarai oleh Kurosawa Kiyoshi, ia menyutradarai “Wheel of Fortune dan Fantasy” pada tahun 2021 dan mendapatkan penghargaan Jury Grand Prix di Berlin Film Festival. Ia juga menulis skenario “Drive My Car” yang mendapat penghargaan Best Screenplay di Cannes Film Festival.

A Hero

Schedule :
27 Nov | Sat | Empire XXI Studio 1,2,3,4 & 5
2 Dec | Thurs | 17.45 | Empire XXI Studio 2

Indonesian Premiere
Memento International, Asghar Farhadi Production
Iran
127 minutes
2021
Drama, Thriller
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Writer: Asghar Farhadi
Producer: Asghar Farhadi, Alexandre Mallet-Guy
Cast: Amir Jadidi, Mohsen Tanabandeh, Fereshteh Sadrorafaii, Sahar Goldoust, Sarina Farhadi, Saleh Karimai

Unable to pay his debt, Rahim has to go to prison. During a two-day leave, he tries to convince his creditor to withdraw his complaint against the payment of part of the sum. But things don’t go as planned.

Tidak dapat membayar hutangnya, Rahim harus masuk penjara. Selama cuti dua hari, ia mencoba meyakinkan krediturnya untuk menarik pengaduannya terkait pembayaran sebagian dari jumlah hutangnya. Tetapi hal-hal tidak berjalan seperti yang direncanakan.

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Director’s Profile

Asghar Farhadi

Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi came to international prominence with A Separation (2011), winner of the Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film and the Golden Bear and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Berlin International Film Festival. His other films include The Past (2013), winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Cannes Film Festival; The Salesman (2016), another Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner; and Everybody Knows (2018).

Penulis-sutradara Iran Asghar Farhadi menjadi terkenal di kancah internasional dengan film “A Separation” (2011), yang menjadi pemenang oscar kategori Best Foreign Language Film and the Golden Bear dan Prize of the Ecumenical Jury di the Berlin International Film Festival. Film-filmnya yang lain termasuk “The Past” (2013), pemenang Penghargaan Ecumenical Jury di the Cannes Film Festival; “The Salesman” (2016), pemenang Oscar kategori Best Foreign Language ; dan “Everybody Knows” (2018).

Three Strangers

Schedule :
30 Nov | Tue | 16.30 | Empire XXI Studio 4
1 Dec | Wed | 15.00 | Empire XXI Studio 5

Indonesian Premiere
Tagu Films
Myanmar
68 minutes
2021
Documentary
Director: Lamin Oo
Producer: Leonard Aye, Richard Bragdon Makini Chisolm-Straker, Michael Glasner, Harley Hessel, Lindsey Nelson, Lamin Oo, Moe Saung Oo
Cast: Gwa To, Ma Soe, Phoe Htoo

Gwa To, a transgender man from a remote village in Rakhine, plans for relationship impermanence, assuming all women will eventually move on to “real” men. Ma Soe, a high school dropout with a traveling troupe, has sworn off marriage because she doesn’t want to end up with a drunk like her father. At a village event, Gwa To sees Ma Soe sing and falls in love. After a brief period of courtship, Ma Soe and Gwa To live together as a couple. Their relationship is tested when Gwa To brings home a two-month old boy, Phoe Htoo, put up for adoption.

Lamin Oo is a Myanmar documentary filmmaker based in Yangon. After graduating from Gettysburg College (USA), Lamin returned to home in 2013 to start an independent film production house Tagu Films with his childhood friends. In 2014, he produced an award-winning documentary film, “This Land Is Our Land”, which captured the plights of farmers in Myanmar. Since then, he has collaborated with local and international filmmakers on an array of stories about Myanmar and its people. His work has been recognized with awards locally and internationally. In 2016, Lamin received The Power of Film Humanitarian Award given by FilmAid Asia for his documentaries.

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Director’s Profile

Lamin Oo

Lamin Oo is a Myanmar documentary filmmaker based in Yangon. After graduating from Gettysburg College (USA), Lamin returned to home in 2013 to start an independent film production house Tagu Films with his childhood friends. In 2014, he produced an award-winning documentary film, “This Land Is Our Land”, which captured the plights of farmers in Myanmar. Since then, he has collaborated with local and international filmmakers on an array of stories about Myanmar and its people. His work has been recognized with awards locally and internationally. In 2016, Lamin received The Power of Film Humanitarian Award given by FilmAid Asia for his documentaries.

Lamin Oo adalah pembuat film dokumenter Myanmar yang tinggal di Yangon. Setelah lulus dari Gettysburg College (AS), Lamin kembali ke rumah pada tahun 2013 untuk memulai rumah produksi film sendiri bernama Tagu Films bersama teman-teman masa kecilnya. Pada tahun 2014, ia memproduksi film dokumenter yang memenangkan penghargaan, “This Land Is Our Land”, yang menggambarkan penderitaan para petani di Myanmar. Sejak itu, ia telah berkolaborasi dengan pembuat film lokal dan internasional yang memuat sederet cerita tentang Myanmar dan masyarakatnya. Karyanya telah diakui dengan penghargaan lokal dan internasional. Pada tahun 2016, Lamin menerima The Power of Film Humanitarian Award yang diberikan oleh FilmAid Asia untuk film dokumenternya.

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

Schedule :
1 Dec | Wed | 15.45 | Empire XXI Studio 3
2 Dec | Thurs | 14.15 | Empire XXI Studio 3

Indonesian Premiere
Fictive, NEOPA
Japan
121 minutes
2021
Drama
Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Writer: Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Producer: Satoshi Takata
Cast: Kotone Furukawa, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Katsuki Mori

Meiko is startled when she realizes that the man who her best friend starts to have feelings for, is her ex; Sasaki plots to trick his college professor out of revenge, using his class-friend-with-benefits Nao, while Natsuko encounters a woman who seems to be someone from her past, leading the two to confess the feelings they have harbored in their hearts – stories about the complexities of relationships, told through coincidences that happen in the lives of women in love.

Meiko terkejut ketika dia menyadari bahwa sahabatnya mulai memiliki perasaan kepada pria yang ternyata adalah mantannya; Sasaki berencana untuk mengelabui profesor kampusnya untuk balas dendam dengan memanfaatkan Nao, friends with benefits-nya (partner seks tanpa komitmen), sementara Natsuko bertemu dengan seorang perempuan yang kelihatannya adalah seseorang dari masa lalunya, menggiring keduanya mengakui perasaan yang telah lama mereka pendam dalam hati – cerita tentang kerumitan hubungan, diceritakan melalui kebetulan-kebetulan yang terjadi dalam kehidupan perempuan yang sedang jatuh cinta.

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Director’s Profile

Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Born in 1978 in Kanagawa prefecture, Japan, Hamaguchi Ryusuke studied cinema at Tokyo University of the Arts where he directed Passion (2008) as a graduation project. Afterwards, he directed a co-production film between Korea and Japan, The Depth (2010), and went on to co-direct with Sakai Kou a documentary trilogy that presented interviews with the victims from 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. He drew huge attention with Happy Hour(2015) which received the Leopard for Best Actress at Locarno Film Festival and was invited to Cannes Film Festival with Asako (2018) to compete in the official section. After writing the screenplay of Wife of a Spy (2020) helmed by Kurosawa Kiyoshi, he directed Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy in 2021 which received Jury Grand Prix at Berlin Film Festival and wrote the screenplay of Drive My Car which received Best Screenplay at Cannes Film Festival.

Lahir pada tahun 1978 di prefektur Kanagawa, Jepang, Hamaguchi Ryusuke belajar sinema di Tokyo University of the Arts di mana ia menyutradarai film “Passion” (2008) sebagai proyek tugas akhirnya. Setelah itu, ia menyutradarai sebuah film yang merupakan karya co-production antara Korea dan Jepang, “The Depth” (2010), lalu lanjut menyutradarai sebuah trilogi dokumenter yang menyajikan wawancara dengan para korban dari gempa bumi dan tsunami Tōhoku bersama Sakai Kou pada tahun 2011. Dia menarik perhatian dunia dengan “Happy Hour” (2015) yang menerima penghargaan Best Actress di Locarno Film Festival dan diundang ke Cannes Film Festival untuk filmnya “Asako” (2018) yang berkompetisi di official section. Setelah menulis skenario “Wife of a Spy” (2020) yang disutradarai oleh Kurosawa Kiyoshi, ia menyutradarai “Wheel of Fortune dan Fantasy” pada tahun 2021 dan mendapatkan penghargaan Jury Grand Prix di Berlin Film Festival. Ia juga menulis skenario “Drive My Car” yang mendapat penghargaan Best Screenplay di Cannes Film Festival.

Bara

Schedule :
28 Nov | Sun | 16.15 | Empire XXI Studio 4
29 Nov | Mon | 14.00 | Empire XXI Studio 3

Indonesian Premiere
Cineria Films
Indonesia
76 minutes
2021
Documentary
Director: Arfan Sabran
Writer: Arfan Sabran
Producer: Gita Fara
Cast: Iber Djamal

As a native Dayak of Borneo, Iber Djamal (77) has witnessed two decades of ecological disasters that have destroyed Borneo’s forest. With the time he has left in his life, he is fighting to obtain a legal title for the remaining customary forest surrounding his home. In 1996, one million hectares of Borneo’s forest was destroyed for Mega Rice Project. The large-scale government project aims to convert Borneo’s rainforest into agricultural crop land. Iber Djamal was part of indigenous communities who opposed this project unsuccesfully. But now, with the expansion of palm oil plantations, indigenous Dayak people like him are asked to sign an agreement for the companies to further encroach their forest. Although his children encourage him to go with the flow, Iber Djamal insists on pursuing the only legal way to protect the forest by obtaining a legal customary forest title for the remaining forest in his area.

Sebagai orang Dayak asli Kalimantan, Iber Djamal (77) telah menyaksikan dua dekade bencana ekologis yang menghancurkan hutan Kalimantan. Dengan sisa waktu hidupnya, ia berjuang untuk mendapatkan hak legal atas sisa hutan adat yang ada di sekitar rumahnya. Pada tahun 1996, satu juta hektar hutan Kalimantan dihancurkan untuk Mega Rice Project. Proyek pemerintah skala besar itu bertujuan untuk mengubah hutan hujan Kalimantan menjadi lahan pertanian. Iber Djamal adalah bagian dari masyarakat adat yang menentang proyek ini tetapi tidak berhasil. Namun kini, dengan perluasan perkebunan kelapa sawit, masyarakat adat Dayak sepertinya diminta menandatangani kesepakatan agar perusahaan-perusahaan tersebut semakin merambah hutan mereka. Meski anak-anaknya mendorongnya untuk mengikuti arus, Iber Djamal bersikeras menempuh satu-satunya cara legal untuk melindungi hutan dengan mendapatkan sertifikat hutan adat yang sah untuk hutan yang tersisa di wilayahnya.

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Director’s Profile

Arfan Sabran

Arfan is a respected Indonesian documentary filmmaker and alumni of Indonesia’s InDocs institution. Born in Makassar, his debut documentary, “Suster Apung” won Best Film at the Eagle Awards in 2006. Arfan’s films are known for having a strong visual aesthetic and for uncovering powerful, unique and colorful characters that audiences feel a personal connection with. Despite gaining an academic degree in Biology, Arfan’s passion in cinematography led him to the world of documentary filmmaking and he has pursued this interest for 15 years. Arfan’s debut feature documentary, “The Flame” premiered at Visions du Réel Film Festival 2021 in Switzerland and DMZ International Documentary Film Festival 2021 in South Korea.

Arfan adalah pembuat film dokumenter Indonesia yang disegani dan merupakan alumni InDocs Indonesia. Lahir di Makassar, film dokumenter debutnya, “Suster Apung” memenangkan Film Terbaik di Eagle Awards 2006. Film-film Arfan dikenal memiliki estetika visual yang kuat dan mengungkap karakter yang kuat, unik, dan penuh warna yang membuat penonton merasakan kedekatan. Meski meraih gelar akademik di bidang Biologi, hasrat Arfan di bidang sinematografi membawanya ke dunia pembuatan film dokumenter dan menekuni minat ini selama 15 tahun. Debut film dokumenter panjang Arfan, “The Flame” ditayangkan perdana di Visions du Réel Film Festival 2021 di Swiss dan DMZ International Documentary Film Festival 2021 di Korea Selatan.

The Coffin Painter

Schedule :
2 Dec | Thurs | 18.30 | Empire XXI Studio 4
3 Dec | Fri | 15.30 | Empire XXI Studio 5

Southeast Asian Premiere
Shenzhen Moon Pictures Co., Ltd.
China
95 Minutes
2021
Crime, Drama
Director: Da Fei
Writer: Da Fei
Producer: BAI Xiaobai
Cast: Lopsang, Zimu Zhang, Lu Liu

Middle-aged Old Jia and teenage girl Seven came to the town and became neighbors under different circumstances. From indifference to being attached, they look for a new life from each other.

Seorang lansia bernama Jia dan gadis remaja bernama Seven datang ke kota dan menjadi tetangga dengan kondisi yang berbeda. Bermula dari keacuhan hingga menjadi keterikatan, mereka mencari kehidupan yang baru dari satu sama lain.

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Director’s Profile

Da Fei

Da Fei, Chinese film  writer and director, graduated from Shanxi Media College in 2007. In  2018, his debut feature Silent Winter was selected to the First Time  Filmmaker Section of the 42nd Montreal International Film Festival. It  won more than 20 nominations and awards including Best Film, Best  Screenwriter at South Africa Independent Film Festival, and Best Original Screenplay at the London International Film Festival in 2019. The Coffin Painter is his second directorial feature.

Da Fei, penulis dan sutradara film dari Tiongkok, lulus dari Shanxi Media College pada tahun 2007. Pada tahun 2018, debut film panjangnya “Silent Winter” terpilih di kategori First Time Filmmaker di Montreal International Film Festival ke-42. Film ini memenangkan lebih dari 20 nominasi dan penghargaan termasuk Best Film, Best Screenwriter di South Africa Independent Film Festival dan Best Original Screenplay di London International Film Festival 2019. “The Coffin Painter” adalah film panjang kedua yang ia sutradarai.

Aruna Vasudev – Mother Of Asian Cinema

Schedule :
1 Dec | Wed | 12.45 | Empire XXI Studio 5
2 Dec | Thurs | 14.00 | Empire XXI Studio 5

World Premiere
Maison Su Films
India
65 minutes
2021
Documentary
Director: Supriya Suri
Writer: Supriya Suri
Producer: Nitesh Rohit
Cast: Aruna Vasudev

Aruna Vasudev, Founder of NETPAC, Cinemaya & Cinefan Film festival has touched the lives of many in the world of Cinema. This documentary traces her roots from her humble origins in an undivided British India, to corridors of cinematic universe. It brings together her journey as a film critic, cinema activist and an impresario, weaving a tapestry that connects the dots that make the large canvas that we know as Asian Cinema Renaissance. This film explores her dynamism painted through a narrative unfolding lives of critics, filmmakers, curators and programmers – who are hidden maestros that largely make the cinephilia culture and by large remain unsung in histories of Cinema.

Aruna Vasudev, Pendiri NETPAC, Cinemaya & Cinefan Film festival telah menyentuh kehidupan banyak orang di dunia perfilman. Film dokumenter ini menelusuri asal-usulnya yang bersahaja yaitu India yang belum terpecah di masa jajahan Inggris, hingga ke koridor semesta sinematik. Film ini menyatukan perjalanannya sebagai kritikus film, aktivis sinema dan impresario, menenun permadani yang menghubungkan titik-titik pada sebuah kanvas besar yang kita kenal sebagai Asian Cinema Renaissance. Film ini mengeksplorasi dinamismenya yang dilukiskan melalui narasi yang mengungkap kehidupan para kritikus, pembuat film, kurator, dan programmer – para maestro tersembunyi yang memiliki andil besar dalam menciptakan budaya cinephilia dan biasanya masih belum mendapatkan tanda jasa dalam sejarah Sinema.

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Director’s Profile

Supriya Suri

Supriya studied film direction with French Art Scholarship in Paris. She started her career in 2009 as the founding member of Cinedarbaar in India. With her organisation, she has been involved in curatorial practices, film criticism and educational programmes in the field of cinema. She wrote extensively for a film magazine – Indian Auteur & ran a cinema gallery – 13BCD, New Delhi. As a film curator & critic she was nominated by the U.S government for the IVLP to talk about Indian Films in the U.S.A She currently runs her production company Maison Su and directs movies.

She has worked previously on a 52 minute documentary on Buddhadeb Dasgupta commissioned by the Indian government & recently made a short fiction film Titled Boys From Hinterland.

Supriya belajar menyutradarai film melalui French Art Scholarship di Paris. Dia memulai karirnya pada tahun 2009 sebagai anggota pendiri Cinedarbaar di India. Dengan organisasinya, ia terlibat dalam kegiatan kuratorial, kritik film, dan program pendidikan di bidang perfilman. Dia banyak menulis untuk majalah film – Indian Auteur dan mengelola galeri bioskop – 13BCD, New Delhi. Sebagai kurator dan kritikus film, ia dinominasikan oleh pemerintah AS untuk IVLP untuk berbicara tentang Film India di AS. Saat ini ia menjalankan rumah produksinya Maison Su dan menyutradarai film. Sebelumnya, ia pernah mengerjakan film dokumenter berdurasi 52 menit tentang Buddhadeb Dasgupta yang ditugaskan oleh pemerintah India dan baru-baru ini memproduksi film fiksi pendek berjudul “Boys From Hinterland”.

Nitram

Schedule :
2 Dec | Thurs | 15.15 | Empire XXI Studio 2
3 Dec | Fri | 15.45 | Empire XXI Studio 1

GoodThing Production
Australia
112 minutes
2021
Fiction
Director: Justin Kurzel
Writer: Shaun Grant
Producer: Nick Batzias
Cast: Caleb Landry Jones, Judy Davis, Anthony LaPaglia

Nitram lives with his mother and father in suburban Australia in the Mid 1990s. He lives a life of isolation and frustration at never being able to fit in. That is until he unexpectedly finds a close friend in a reclusive heiress, Helen. However when that relationship meets a tragic end, and Nitram’s loneliness and anger grow, he begins a slow descent that leads to disaster.

Nitram tinggal bersama ibu dan ayahnya di pinggiran kota Australia pada pertengahan tahun 90-an. Dia menjalani kehidupan yang terisolasi dan frustasi karena tidak pernah bisa menyesuaikan diri. Sampai dia tiba-tiba berteman dekat dengan seorang ahli waris kekayaan yang senang menyendiri, Helen. Namun ketika hubungan itu menemui akhir yang tragis, kesepian dan kemarahan Nitram tumbuh, kewarasannya mulai menurun dan menggiringnya ke arah bencana.

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Director’s Profile

Justin Kurzel

Justin Kurzel’s first feature film SNOWTOWN, premiered at Adelaide Film Festival in 2011, winning the Audience Award. The film screened in over 15 international festivals including Toronto in 2011 and International Critics Week in Cannes in 2012 where it was awarded Special Distinction of the President. In 2014, Justin directed a feature adaptation of MACBETH starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard where it was in competition at Cannes Film Festival in 2015.
In 2016 he directed the blockbuster adaptation of ASSASSINS CREED starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons and Charlotte Rampling. TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG, a feature film based on the novel by Peter Carey and starring George McKay, Russell Crowe and Essie Davis premiered at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival Gala Section.
Justin is an Executive Producer on the Apple TV/Paramount miniseries SHANTARAM, based on the book by Gregory David, being produced by Anonymous Content.

Film Panjang pertama Justin Kurzel “Snowtown”, ditayangkan perdana di Adelaide Film Festival pada 2011 dan memenangkan Audience Award. Film tersebut diputar di lebih dari 15 festival internasional termasuk Toronto pada 2011 dan International Critics Week di Cannes pada 2012 di mana film tersebut dianugerahi Special Distinction of the Presiden. Pada tahun 2014, Justin menyutradarai sebuah film panjang yang diadaptasi dari “Macbeth” yang dibintangi oleh Michael Fassbender dan Marion Cotillard. Film tersebut berkompetisi di Cannes Film Festival pada tahun 2015. Pada tahun 2016 ia menyutradarai film adaptasi blockbuster dari “Assassin Creed” yang dibintangi oleh Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons dan Charlotte Rampling. “True History of The Kelly Gang”, sebuah film banjang yang diadaptasi dari novel karya Peter Carey dan dibintangi oleh George McKay, Russell Crowe dan Essie Davis. Film ini ditayangkan perdana di Toronto Film Festival Gala Section 2019. Justin adalah Produser Eksekutif di mini seri Apple TV/Paramount “Shantaram”, yang diadaptasi dari sebuah buku karya Gregory David serta diproduksi oleh Anonymous Content.

Are You Lonesome Tonight?

Schedule :
28 Nov | Sun | 18.30 | Empire XXI Studio 5
29 Nov | Mon | 18.00 | Empire XXI Studio 4

Southeast Asian Premiere
Dirty Monkeys Studios
China
94 minutes
2021
Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director: Wen Shipei
Writer: Zhao Binghao, Wang Yinuo, Wen Shipei, Noé Dodson
Producer: Hu Jingxuan, Wang Jing
Cast: Eddie Pang, Sylvia Chang, Wang Yanhui, Zhang Yu, Jiang Peiyao

On a dark night, Xueming hits a pedestrian with his car and flees the scene. Desperate to escape his feelings of guilt, he decides to approach the dead man’s wife, Mrs Liang. Meanwhile, the body is discovered – riddled with bullets. Chen, the detective in charge of the investigation, becomes obsessed with the case. Years later, all three remain caught in a tangled web of memories and lies, desperately searching for a truth that refuses to be revealed.

Pada suatu malam yang gelap, Xueming menabrak pejalan kaki dengan mobilnya dan melarikan diri dari tempat kejadian. Karena sangat ingin untuk melepaskan diri dari rasa bersalahnya, dia memutuskan untuk mendekati istri orang yang meninggal itu, Nyonya Liang. Sementara itu, mayat yang ditemukan- penuh dengan peluru. Chen, detektif yang bertanggung jawab atas penyelidikan, menjadi terobsesi dengan kasus ini. Bertahun-tahun kemudian, ketiganya tetap terperangkap dalam ingatan dan kebohongan yang ruwet, dengan putus asa mencari kebenaran yang menolak untuk diungkapkan.

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Director’s Profile

Wen Shipei

Wen Shipei is a Chinese writer and director. With a background in journalism and commercial production, Shipei attended the graduate film program at Columbia University, where he studied directing and screenwriting. ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT? is his feature debut, it participated in Shanghai International Film Festival’s Project Market and won the Talent Highlight Award at Berlinale Talent Project Market.

Wen Shipei adalah seorang penulis dan sutradara Tiongkok. Dengan latar belakang jurnalisme dan produksi komersial, Shipei melanjutkan studi program pascasarjana film di Columbia University, di mana ia belajar menjadi sutradara dan penulis skenario. “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” adalah debut film panjangnya, ia berpartisipasi dalam Shanghai International Film Festival’s Project Market dan memenangkan the Talent Highlight Award di Berlinale Talent Project Market.

Nine Hills One Valley

Schedule :
2 Dec | Thurs | 15.45 | Empire XXI Studio 1
3 Dec | Fri | 13.30 | Empire XXI Studio 5

World Premiere
Oli Pictures
India
75 minutes
2021
Documentary
Director: Haobam Paban Kumar
Writer: Haobam Paban & Sankha
Producer: Haobam Paban Kumar & Warepam Jhansirani
Cast: Anam Ahum

The desire for ethnic supremacy and emergence of politics of identity had put the people of Manipur to an unceasing violence, amplifying further mistrust and animosity amongst its population. Yet, in the face of distressed memories, hope thrives.

Hasrat akan supremasi etnis dan munculnya politik identitas telah menempatkan rakyat Manipur di tengah kekerasan yang tak berujung, memperkuat kecurigaan dan permusuhan di antara penduduknya. Namun, di hadapan ingatan yang menderita, harapan tumbuh subur.

Director’s Profile

Haobam Paban Kumar

Haobam Paban Kumar is a prominent voice emitting out of the restive north eastern state of Manipur, India bordering Myanmar dabbling in both non-fiction and fiction storytelling. His debut film Lady of the lake featured at 67th Berlin Film Festival 2017. Nine Hills One Valley is his second narrative feature.

Haobam Paban Kumar adalah sebuah suara kuat yang berasal dari negara bagian Manipur, negara bagian timur laut India yang bergolak dan berbatasan dengan Myanmar, yang berkecimpung di dunia penceritaan non-fiksi dan fiksi. Film debutnya “Lady of The Lake” diputar di di 67th Berlin Film Festival 2017. “Nine Hills One Valley” adalah film panjang naratif keduanya.

Marapu, Fire & Ritual

World Premiere
Haladang Productions
Indonesia
78 minutes
2020
Documentary
Director: Andrew Campbell
Writer: Andrew Campbell, Richard Halstead
Producer: Andrew Campbell, Richard Halstead, Martin East, Rita Regina Wenge
Cast:

In 2016, Poho Maga became possessed by a Satanic spirit. In a single afternoon, he murdered a man, killed a horse and burned down a thousand year old sacred village. He remains in prison for his actions. One year later, his brother also became possessed by Satan and since then has been locked in a homemade bamboo cage to prevent him from repeating his brothers actions.

Sodan village is the center of West Sumba culture and the spiritual homeland of the ancient religion known as Marapu. A practice that worships and communicates with ancestor spirits through sacred ritual and sacrifice. The ancestor spirits fled the village when it burned down, dividing the leadership and severing their important connection to the spirit world. The spirits have yet to return.

Marapu, Fire & Ritual is a story that follows Pak Ledi, Poho Maga’s uncle, as he overcomes his family’s tarnished reputation by taking responsibility to fix the past. He believes it is the right timing to conduct a sacred four day ritual to invite the Marapu spirits back into the village. But not everyone agrees to this. Pak Ledi must first unite the village leaders.

Pada tahun 2016, Poho Maga dirasuki oleh roh jahat. Dalam satu sore, dia membunuh seorang pria, seekor kuda dan membakar desa suci yang berusia seribu tahun. Dia tetap di penjara atas tindakannya. Satu tahun kemudian, saudaranya juga dirasuki setan dan sejak saat itu dikurung dalam sangkar bambu buatan sendiri untuk mencegahnya mengulangi perbuatan saudara-saudaranya. Desa Sodan adalah pusat kebudayaan Sumba Barat dan asal muasal agama spiritual kuno yang dikenal sebagai Marapu. Sebuah praktik yang memuja dan berkomunikasi dengan roh leluhur melalui ritual sakral dan pengorbanan. Roh leluhur melarikan diri dari desa tersebut ketika desa itu terbakar, mereka memecah kepemimpinan dan memutuskan hubungan penting mereka dengan dunia roh. Roh-roh itu masih belum kembali. Marapu, Fire & Ritual adalah kisah singkat yang mengikuti Pak Ledi, paman Poho Maga, saat dia memperbaiki reputasi keluarganya yang sudah ternoda dengan merengkuh tanggung jawab untuk memperbaiki masa lalu. Dia percaya ini adalah waktu yang tepat untuk melakukan ritual empat hari yang suci untuk mengundang arwah Marapu kembali ke desa. Tetapi, tidak semua orang setuju dengan hal ini. Pak Ledi harus menyatukan kepala desa terlebih dahulu.

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Director’s Profile

Andrew Campbell

Andrew Campbell has finally pulled all of his life’s experience as a writer, photographer, creative and global traveler into his first feature length documentary film. His unique ‘verite’ style of cinematography is immersive and places the audience right there in the story. His close up, gritty, fearless approach to filming allows him to capture what most miss – many would step away out of fear for personal safety.

With a background in photojournalism he has produced work inside earthquake zones, prisons, war zones, and in remote natural environments. He is a proficient all-round outdoorsman, but it was his pioneering of one of the world’s most dangerous big wave surfing location, Shipstern Bluff, in Tasmania that put him on the world stage.

Andrew Campbell akhirnya berhasil merangkum pengalaman hidupnya sebagai penulis, fotografer, pekerja kreatif, dan pelancong global ke dalam film dokumenter panjang pertamanya. Gaya sinematografi “verite”-nya yang yang unik memberikan kesan mendalam dan menghanyutkan penonton ke dalam aliran cerita. Pendekatannya yang intim dan berani dalam membuat film memberinya peluang untuk menangkap hal yang sering sengaja dilewati – bahkan dihindari karena takut akan keselamatan pribadi.

Mentega Terbang

Schedule :
28 Nov | Sun | 18.15 | Empire XXI Studio 4
1 Dec | Wed | 18.15 | Empire XXI Studio 4

World Premiere
ANOMALIST PRODUCTION & MENG KHENG ENTERTAINMENT
Malaysia
104 minutes
2020
Drama
Director: Khairi Anwar
Writer: Khairi Anwar, Arjun Thanaraju, Visshnu Varman, Ti Teng-Hui
Producer: Tan Meng Kheng, Cassandra Lew
Cast: Syuma Salihin, Nik Waheeda, Firdaus Karim, Arjun Thanaraju

Reincarnation, heaven, hell, purgatory. Aisyah, a Muslim schoolgirl is fascinated with religions especially what happens to life after death. She is driven by a question, “What happens to people after they die?” A simple question that is deemed sensitive in conservative Malaysia leaves Aisyah searching for answers outside her own religion. With a mother who is sick, and an ever-present father who is caring as he is devoted, will Aisyah be able to find the answer to what she seeks?

Reinkarnasi, surga, neraka, api penyucian. Aisyah, seorang pelajar muslimah tertarik dengan persoalan agama, terutama tentang kehidupan setelah kematian. Dia didorong oleh pertanyaan, “Apa yang terjadi pada orang-orang setelah mereka mati?”. Sebuah pertanyaan sederhana yang dianggap sensitif bagi warga negara Malaysia yang masih kolot. Ini membuat Aisyah mencari jawaban di luar agamanya sendiri. Dengan seorang ibu yang sedang sakit, dan seorang ayah yang selalu mendampingi, peduli dan setia, akankah Aisyah dapat menemukan jawaban atas pencariannya?

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Director’s Profile

Khairi Anwar

Khairi Anwar is a writer and director, for the stage and screen, based in Kuala Lumpur, where his works have travelled to Singapore, Indonesia and Hong Kong. He is known for his theatre plays that raise socioeconomic and sociopolitical issues happening in Malaysia. Khairi’s screen work flourished after he wrote and directed a short film, ‘Ralat The Musical’ (2019), and his first feature film, ‘Mentega Terbang’ (2020) where he created the film with his friends, questioning about religions and their different versions of the afterlife. Khairi strives to tell and write more contemporary Malaysian stories, for his friends, and for the world.

Khairi Anwar adalah seorang penulis dan sutradara panggung dan layar, yang tinggal di Kuala Lumpur dan karyanya pernah diputar di Singapura, Indonesia dan Hong Kong. Ia dikenal karena pertunjukan teaternya yang mengangkat isu sosial ekonomi dan sosial politik di Malaysia. Karya layar Khairi berkembang pesat setelah ia menulis dan menyutradarai sebuah film pendek, ‘Ralat The Musical’ (2019), dan film panjang pertamanya, ‘Mentega Terbang’ (2020) yang dibuat bersama teman-temannya. Film ini mempertanyakan agama dan perbedaan versi akhirat. Khairi berusaha bercerita dan menulis lebih banyak kisah kontemporer Malaysia, untuk kawan-kawannya, dan untuk dunia.

Sometime, Sometime

Schedule :
2 Dec | Thurs | 16.00 | Empire XXI Studio 5
3 Dec | Fri | 12.30 | Empire XXI Studio 2

Indonesian Premiere
Da Huang Pictures, Mofei Pictures (Beijing) International Culture & Media Co.
Malaysia
107 minutes
2020
Drama
Director: Jacky Yeap
Writer: Jacky Yeap
Producer: Jacky Yeap
Cast: Chui Mui Tan, Loh Kok Man, Jacky Yeap, Jia Ern Yap

Zi Kien and his mother Ah Lin only have each other in their life until one day Ah Lin started dating Mr. Lee. Zi Kien feels his place in Ah Lin’s life is threaten, and he started to change himself. This is a story about the mother and son, who cared too much about each other, they have to pretend not to care.

Zi Kien dan ibunya Ah Lin hidup berdua dan hanya saling memiliki satu sama lain, sampai suatu hari Ah Lin mulai berkencan dengan Tuan Lee. Zi Kien merasa posisinya dalam kehidupan Ah Lin terancam, dan dia mulai mengubah dirinya sendiri. Ini adalah kisah tentang ibu dan anak, yang terlalu peduli terhadap satu sama lain, namun mereka harus berpura-pura tidak peduli.

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Director’s Profile

Jacky Yeap

Jacky Yeap graduated from University Malaysia Sarawak major in filmmaking. After graduated, he work at Da Huang Pictures and supervised by Tan Chui Mui. During that period, he had been involve in some film related activity like FINAS Young Filmmaker Workshop, Astro Shortcut Workshop and SeaShorts Film Festival. In year 2018, he and his friend had established a local film magazine name <WuBen> to record the current state of Malaysia cinema. Sometimes his boss will guide him about the filmmaking, sometimes his boss will teach him.

Jacky Yeap lulus dari University Malaysia Sarawak jurusan pembuatan film. Setelah lulus, ia bekerja di Da Huang Pictures dan disupervisi oleh Tan Chui Mui. Selama periode itu, ia telah terlibat dalam beberapa kegiatan terkait film seperti FINAS Young Filmmaker Workshop, Astro Shortcut Workshop dan SeaShorts Film Festival. Pada tahun 2018, ia dan temannya mendirikan sebuah majalah film lokal bernama <WuBen> untuk merekam kondisi terkini perfilman Malaysia. Terkadang bosnya akan membimbingnya tentang pembuatan film, dan terkadang juga mengajarinya.

Come Here

Schedule :
28 Nov | Sun | 16.00 | Empire XXI Studio 2
29 Nov | Mon | 12.00 | Empire XXI Studio 1

Indonesian Premiere
Electric Eel Films, Diversion
Thailand
69 Minutes
2021
Fiction
Director: Anocha Suwichakornpong
Writer: Anocha Suwichakornpong
Producer: Parinee Buthrasri, Mai Meksawan
Cast: Apinya Sakuljaroensuk, Waywiree Ittianunkul, Sornrapat Patharakorn, Bhumibhat Thavornsiri, Sirat Intarachote

Four friends in their mid-twenties go to Kanchanaburi, west of Thailand, on a trip. They visit the World War II memorial site of the ‘Death Railway’, built to honor tens of thousands war prisoners who lost their lives here. At night, back at the raft house, they are drinking, smoking weed, and talking randomly. Once in a while, someone would act out a scene from a play – it turns out they are all actors in the same theatre company. Running parallel to this narrative is the story of another woman who finds herself alone in the middle of the forest after her friend mysteriously disappears. The four friends in the raft house say something that might allude to that woman, but it is not certain. The woman finds a natural stream. She drinks, washes her face, and then goes into the water. Her face begins to transform into another person’s. It’s getting late, all the friends are intoxicated. Some pass out in the bedroom. Only two are left by themselves. Romance is in the air. Fireworks go off, one after another, high up in the night sky. Each of them begin to wake up and they all stand still, watching the beautiful fireworks shooting up the sky and disappear one by one.

Empat sekawan, yang semuanya adalah aktor di sebuah sanggar teater, masing- masing berumur pertengahan dua puluhan pergi ke Kanchanaburi, Thailand barat, dalam sebuah perjalanan wisata. Mereka mengunjungi situs peringatan Perang Dunia II bernama ‘Kereta Api Kematian’, yang dibangun untuk menghormati puluhan ribu tahanan perang yang kehilangan nyawa mereka di sini. Pada malam hari, di rumah rakit, mereka minum dan berbincang santai. Sesekali, seseorang akan memerankan adegan dari sebuah drama. Yang berjalan beriringan dengan narasi ini adalah kisah wanita lain yang mendapati dirinya sendirian di tengah hutan setelah temannya menghilang secara misterius. Empat sekawan di rumah rakit mengatakan sesuatu yang mungkin menyinggung wanita itu … Wanita itu menemukan sungai kecil. Dia minum dan mencuci wajahnya, dan tiba-tiba, wajahnya mulai berubah menjadi wajah orang lain.

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Director’s Profile

Anocha Suwichakornpong

Anocha Suwichakornpong is a filmmaker whose work is informed by the socio-political history of Thailand. Her films have been the subject of retrospectives at the Museum of the Moving Image, New York; TIFF Cinematheque, Toronto; Cinema Moderne, Montreal; and Olhar De Cinema, Brazil. By the Time It Gets Dark, Anocha’s second feature, centres around a student massacre that took place in 1976 by Thai state forces and far-right paramilitaries at Thammasat University in Bangkok. It premiered at Locarno Film Festival and was presented at festivals worldwide, including Toronto, BFI London, Viennale, and Rotterdam. By the Time It Gets Dark film won three Thailand National Film Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. In 2017, it was chosen as Thailand’s Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film. Mundane History, her first feature, won numerous awards including the Tiger Award at Rotterdam. An allegory for the current political situation in Thailand, the film focuses on the relationship between a father and his paraplegic son. Her third feature, Krabi 2562, co-directed with British filmmaker Ben Rivers, explores a town in southern Thailand. The film also premiered at Locarno and is currently touring the festival circuit. Anocha received her MFA from Columbia University, with her thesis film, Graceland, becoming the first Thai short film to be officially selected by Cannes Film Festival. In 2017, together with Visra Vichit-Vadakan and Aditya Assarat, she founded Purin Pictures, an initiative to support Southeast Asian cinema. Currently, Between 2018 and 2020, Anocha was a visiting lecturer at the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies at Harvard University. In 2019, Anocha was named a Prince Claus Laureate.

Anocha Suwichakornpong adalah seorang pembuat film yang karyanya diilhami oleh sejarah sosial-politik Thailand. Film-filmnya telah menjadi subjek program retrospektif di Cinematheque, Toronto; Cinema Moderne, Montreal; and Olhar De Cinema, Brasil. “By the Time It Gets Dark”, film panjang kedua Anocha, bercerita tentang pembantaian mahasiswa oleh pasukan negara Thailand dan paramiliter sayap kanan di Universitas Thammasat di Bangkok yang terjadi pada tahun 1976. Film ini ditayangkan perdana di Locarno Film Festival dan dipresentasikan di festival di seluruh dunia, termasuk Toronto, BFI London, Viennale, dan Rotterdam. Film “By the Time It Gets Dark” memenangkan tiga Penghargaan Film Nasional Thailand termasuk Best Picture dan Best Director. Pada tahun 2017, film tersebut terpilih sebagai perwakilan untuk Piala Oscar dari Thailand untuk Best Foreign Language Film. “Mundane History”, film pertamanya, memenangkan banyak penghargaan termasuk Tiger Award di Rotterdam. Sebuah alegori dari situasi politik saat ini di Thailand, film ini berfokus pada hubungan antara seorang ayah dan putranya yang lumpuh. Film panjang ketiganya, “Krabi 2562”, disutradarai bersama dengan pembuat film Inggris, Ben Rivers, mengulas tentang sebuah kota di Thailand selatan. Film ini juga diputar perdana di Locarno dan saat ini sedang melakukan tur di sirkuit festival. Anocha menerima gelar MFA-nya dari Colombia University dengan film tesisnya, “Graceland”, film pendek Thailand pertama yang secara resmi dipilih oleh Cannes Film Festival. Pada tahun 2017, bersama dengan Visra Vichit-Vadakan dan Aditya Assarat, ia mendirikan Purin Pictures, sebuah inisiatif untuk mendukung sinema Asia Tenggara. Di antara tahun 2018 dan 2020, Anocha adalah dosen tamu di Department of Art, Film, Film, and Visual Studies di Harvard University. Pada 2019, Anocha dinobatkan sebagai Prince Claus Laureate.

In Front of Your Face

Schedule :
29 Nov | Mon | 16.30 | Empire XXI Studio 1
30 Nov | Tue | 18.30 | Empire XXI Studio 3

Indonesian Premiere
Jeonwonasa Film Co.
South Korea
85 Minutes
2021
Drama
Director: Hong Sang-soo
Writer: Hong Sang-soo
Producer: Hong Sang-soo, Kim Min-hee
Cast: Cho Yun-hee, Kwon Hae-hyo, Lee Hye-young

She has never lived in a high-rise apartment, and she wonders how her sister can live at this height every day. a few days ago she kind of burst in to stay with her sister, and she is now becoming re-accustomed to life in Korea. while seeming to keep a grave secret to herself, she manages life one day at a time with a sense of mindfulness. meanwhile a certain director, some years younger than her, has asked her to join his project, and after a polite refusal, they have agreed to meet for the first time today. downtown seoul is filled with narrow alleys that harbor tiny old bars, and that’s where they meet. as they are getting drunk, there is sudden rainfall and thunder.

Dia belum pernah tinggal di gedung apartemen bertingkat tinggi, dan dia bertanya-tanya bagaimana kakaknya bisa hidup di ketinggian ini setiap hari. Beberapa hari yang lalu dia tiba-tiba datang untuk tinggal bersama saudara perempuannya, dan dia sekarang menjadi terbiasa kembali dengan kehidupan di Korea. Sementara itu, tampaknya dia menyimpan rahasia besar, menjalani kehidupan sehari-hari dengan penuh kesadaran. Sementara itu, seorang sutradara yang beberapa tahun lebih muda darinya, memintanya untuk bergabung dengan proyeknya, dan setelah menolak dengan sopan, mereka sepakat untuk bertemu untuk pertama kalinya hari ini. Pusat kota Seoul dipenuhi dengan gang-gang sempit yang menjadi pusat berkumpulnya bar-bar tua kecil, dan disanalah mereka bertemu. Saat mereka mabuk, tiba-tiba hujan turun dan guntur bergemuruh.

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Director’s Profile

HONG Sang-Soo

HONG Sang-soo is a prolific South Korean film director and screenwriter known for his subtle cinematography that showcases the complexities of everyday life. He won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlinale for The Woman Who Ran (2020). In Front of Your Face, which premiered at Cannes, is Hong’s second release in 2021 after Introduction.

HONG Sang-soo adalah sutradara dan penulis skenario film Korea Selatan yang terkenal karena sinematografinya yang halus yang menampilkan kompleksitas kehidupan sehari-hari. Dia memenangkan Silver Bear untuk Sutradara Terbaik di Berlinale untuk “The Woman Who Ran” (2020). “In Front of Your Face”, yang ditayangkan perdana di Cannes, adalah rilisan kedua Hong pada tahun 2021 setelah “Introduction”.

Tiong Bahru Social Club

Schedule :
1 Dec | Wed | 13.30 | Empire XXI Studio 3
2 Dec | Thurs | 18.45 | Empire XXI Studio 5

Indonesian Premiere
Tiger Tiger Pictures, Bert Pictures, 13 Little Pictures
Singapore
88 minutes
2020
Fiction
Director: Tan Bee Thiam
Writer: Tan Bee Thiam, Antti Toivonen
Producer: Huang Junxiang
Cast: Thomas Pang, Goh Guat Kian, Jalyn Han, Noorlinah Mohamed, Jo Tan, Munah Bagharib, Mochi

Ah Bee goes on a comedic odyssey through Tiong Bahru Social Club, a data-driven project to create the happiest neighbourhood in the world. Little by little Ah Bee’s encounters with the neighbourhood’s residents reveal the absurdity of life.

Ah Bee melakukan pengembaraan komedi melalui Tiong Bahru Social Club, sebuah proyek berbasis data untuk menciptakan lingkungan yang paling bahagia di dunia. Sedikit demi sedikit perjumpaan Ah Bee dengan warga sekitar mengungkap keanehan dalam kehidupan.

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Director’s Profile

Tan Bee Thiam

Tan Bee Thiam is a filmmaker and educator. He directed short film Kopi Julia (Sharjah Biennale 2013) and co-directed Fundamentally Happy (Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2015). His debut solo feature Tiong Bahru Social Club was the Opening Film of the Singapore International Film Festival 2020. An alumnus of Berlinale Talents, Rotterdam Lab, and European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE), he produced Glen Goei and Gavin Yap’s Revenge of the Pontianak (2019); Daniel Hui’s Demons (2018), Snakeskin (2015), and Eclipses (2013); Lei Yuan Bin’s 03-FLATS (2014) and White Days (2009); Liao Jiekai’s As You Were (2014) and Red Dragonflies (2010); and Yeo Siew Hua’s In the House of Straw (2009).

Tan Bee Thiam adalah seorang pembuat film dan pendidik. Dia menyutradarai film pendek yang berjudul Kopi Julia (Sharjah Biennale 2013) dan ikut menyutradarai film Fundamentally Happy (Festival Film Tallinn Black Nights 2015). Debut film panjang solonya, Tiong Bahru Social Club adalah Film Pembuka Festival Film Internasional Singapura 2020. Alumnus Berlinale Talents, Rotterdam Lab, dan European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE), ia memproduseri “Revenge of the Pontianak (2019 ) arahan Glen Goei dan Gavin Yap; “Demons” (2018), “Snakeskin” (2015)dan “Eclipses” (2013) arahan Daniel Hui,dan , “03-FLATS” (2014) dan White Days (2009) arahan Lei Yuan Bin, “As You Were” (2014) dan “Red Dragonflies” (2010) arahan Liao Jiekai; dan “In the House of Straw” (2009) arahan Yeo Siew Hua.

Rehana Maryam Noor

Schedule :
3 Dec | Fri | 11.00 | Empire XXI Studio 5
4 Dec | Sat | 10.30 | Empire XXI Studio 5

Indonesian Premiere
Pōtocol, Metro Video
Bangladesh, Singapore
107 Minutes
2021
Drama
Director: Abdullah Mohammad Saad
Writer: Abdullah Mohammad Saad
Producer: Jeremy Chua
Cast:  Azmeri Haque Badhon, Afia Jahin Jaima, Afia Tabassum Borno, Kazi Sami Hassan, Saberi Alam, Zopari Lue, Farzana Bithi, Zahed Chowdhurry Mithu, Khusiara Khusbu Oni, Yasir Al Haq

Rehana, an assistant professor at a medical college, strains to combine her complex roles as a teacher, doctor, sister, daughter, and mother.

Keeping the balance between the demands of work and family life has become a daily struggle. One evening, she witnesses a crying student storming out of a professor’s office. Deeply touched by this event and the actions leading up to it, Rehana’s life starts to spiral out of control. She gradually descends into obsession, seeking retribution, just as she receives a complaint from the school about her six-year- old daughter’s unusual behavior.

Rehana refuses to accept the madness of the patriarchal society she lives in. She will put everything at stake to fight for justice – for her student, her daughter, but also for herself.

Rehana, seorang asisten profesor di sebuah perguruan tinggi kedokteran, berusaha keras untuk menggabungkan peran kompleksnya sebagai guru, dokter, saudara perempuan, anak perempuan, dan ibu.

Menjaga keseimbangan antara tuntutan pekerjaan dan kehidupan keluarga yang telah menjadi perjuangan sehari-hari. Suatu malam, ia melihat seorang siswa yang menangis keluar dari kantor profesor. Sangat tersentuh oleh peristiwa ini dan segala yang membawanya ke sana, kehidupan Rehana mulai lepas kendali. Ia secara bertahap menjadi terobsesi, mencari pembalasan, tepat ketika sekolah mengeluhkan perilaku tidak biasa putrinya yang berusia enam tahun …

Rehana tidak mau mengikuti kegilaan masyarakat patriarki tempat ia berada. Dia rela mempertaruhkan segalanya untuk memperjuangkan keadilan – untuk muridnya, putrinya, namun juga untuk dirinya sendiri.

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Director’s Profile

Abdullah Mohammad Saad

Abdullah Mohammad SAAD is a Bangladeshi writer-director. His debut feature Live from Dhaka won Best Director and Best Actor at the 27th Singapore International Film Festival in 2016, and went on to screen in festivals such as Rotterdam and Locarno, amongst others.

Abdullah Mohammad SAAD adalah seorang penulis-sutradara Bangladesh. Debut film panjangnya yang berjudul “Live from Dhaka” memenangkan Best Director dan Best Actor di Singapore International Film Festival ke-27 pada tahun 2016, dan meneruskan perjalanan di banyak festival antara lain Rotterdam dan Locarno.

The Portraits

Schedule :
28 Nov | Sun | 10.15 | Empire XXI Studio 3
30 Nov | Tue | 14.15 | Empire XXI Studio 4

World Premiere
Akshay Parija Productions
India
89 Minutes
2021
Fiction
Director: Dr. Bijukumar Damodaran
Writer: Dr. Bijukumar Damodaran
Producer: Akhsay Kumar Parija
Cast:

The Portraits is a collection of six cinematic sketches that depict the various means by which fascist governments try to silence their own people. The state hunting down its citizens suspected of political and Maoist links, suppression of people’s struggles against ecocide, mechanisation and labour strikes, people’s counter-attacks against state-sponsored violence, the state imposing a new type of obedience on its people in the wake of a new epidemic that causes its victims to go into a state of slumber; these are the six cinematic portraits that make up this collection.

The Portraits adalah kumpulan enam sketsa sinematik yang menggambarkan berbagai cara yang digunakan pemerintah fasis untuk membungkam rakyatnya sendiri. Negara memburu warganya yang dicurigai memiliki hubungan politik dan Maois, menindas perjuangan rakyat melawan ekosida, mekanisasi, dan pemogokan buruh , serangan balik rakyat terhadap kekerasan yang disponsori negara, negara memaksakan jenis kepatuhan baru pada rakyatnya di tengah wabah baru yang menyebabkan korbannya tertidur; inilah enam potret sinematik yang membentuk film ini.

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Director’s Profile

Dr. Bijukumar Damodaran

Dr.Biju (Bijukumar Damodaran) is a three-time India’s national award-winning filmmaker. He is considered one of the most important contemporary voices in Indian cinema. His first film “Saira” was screened at the Cannes film festival in 2007 under “Cinema of the world “section. Biju’s films have been screened at many international film festivals and won numerous awards. The festivals include Cannes, Montreal, Shanghai, Telluride, Cairo, Iran (Fajr), Jogja Indonesia, Eurasia Almaty, Jeonju, Tallinn, Oporto, Dhaka, IFFK, and IFFI. His film “Trees under the sun” premiered at the Shanghai International film festival 2019 and won the Outstanding Artistic Achievement award. He has been invited as a member of the jury in many well-known film festivals across the world. He was worked as a jury member for India’s National Film Awards 2012 and India’s Oscar selection committee 2015.

Dr.Biju (Bijukumar Damodaran) adalah pembuat film yang memenangkan penghargaan nasional India tiga kali. Dia dianggap sebagai salah satu suara kontemporer terpenting dalam sinema India. Film pertamanya “Saira” diputar di Cannes film festival 2007 di bagian “Cinema of the world”. Film Biju telah diputar di banyak festival film internasional dan memenangkan banyak penghargaan antara lain Cannes, Montreal, Shanghai, Telluride, Kairo, Iran (Fajr), Jogja Indonesia, Eurasia Almaty, Jeonju, Tallinn, Oporto, Dhaka, IFFK, dan IFFI. Filmnya “Trees Under The Sun” tayang perdana di Shanghai International film festival 2019 dan memenangkan penghargaan Outstanding Artistic Achievement. Ia ditunjuk sebagai juri di India’s National Film Awards 2012 dan komite pemilihan Oscar dari India.