LIGHT OF ASIA – COMPILATION 2

New Abnormal

Indonesian Premiere
Minimal Animal
Thailand
14 minutes
2021
Fiction
Director: Sorayos Prapapan
Writer: Sorayos Prapapan
Producer: Sorayos Prapapan
Cast: Kant Kantapiti, Atthajit Puingvichar, Nattapong Pipattanasub, Piya Charoenwitti, Ong-art Wiseschotikul, Apisara Khamla-eid, Patiparn Amornthipparat, Wachara Ganha, Tawan Hiranyapong, Thanaram Prameboon

Based on true story, New Abnormal is a reflection on human life during the Covid-19 pandemic and also under the Emergency decree. We see many strange cases happen like the accidents that happen because of the hurry of the driver who want to reach the place before curfew time. New Abnormal follow many characters from different scenario which share the same awkward situation.

Dibuat berdasarkan kisah nyata, New Abnormal adalah cerminan kehidupan manusia selama pandemi Covid-19 dan di bawah kendali Undang-undang Darurat. Kami melihat banyak kasus ganjil yang terjadi seperti kecelakaan karena pengemudi yang terburu-buru ingin mencapai tempat tujuan sebelum jam malam. New Abnormal mengikuti banyak karakter dari skenario berbeda yang mengalami situasi janggal yang sama.

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Sorayos Prapapan

Sorayos Prapapan directed several short films which were show in many film festivals in including Venice, Locarno, Rotterdam, Clermont Ferrand and Busan.

Sorayos Prapapan menyutradarai beberapa film pendek yang diputar di berbagai festival film antara lain Venice, Locarno, Rotterdam, Clermont Ferrand dan Busan.

Lika Liku Laki

Hore Pictures
Indonesia, France
20 minutes
2021
Fiction
Director: Khozy Rizal
Writer: Khozy Rizal
Producer: John Badalu, Bruno Smadja, Khozy Rizal
Cast: Sabri Sahafuddin

In a city where the ‘men’ have to go crazy about football, Akbar has to pretend to love football in order to prevent rejection from his new college friends.

Di sebuah kota di mana laki-laki dituntut untuk mencintai sepak bola dan berperilaku stereotip, Akbar harus berpura-pura menyukai sepakbola dan menyembunyikan identitasnya agar dapat diterima oleh orang-orang di sekitarnya.

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Khozy Rizal

Khozy Rizal is a film director based in Makassar, Indonesia. His works mostly are commercials but in 2018, he directed his very first short film called Annisa, a one-minute short film that was entirely shot with a smartphone. Annisa was selected at DepicT Showcase in 25th Encounters Film Festival and won Grand Prize International at 14th Mobile Film Festival which he got a grant to produce his new short film, Lika Liku Laki (Makassar Is a City For Football Fans).

Khozy Rizal adalah seorang filmmaker berbasis di kota Makassar. Di tahun 2018, dia menyutradarai film pendek pertamanya berjudul Annisa yang lolos seleksi di seksi DepicT Showcase di Encounters Film Festival, di Bristol, Inggris dan memenangkan Grand Prize International di Mobile Film Festival yang dimana dia mendapatkan dana hibah untuk memproduksi film pendek keduanya berjudul, Lika Liku Laki. Lika Liku Laki memenangkan Jury Prize di Sundance Film Festival 2021: Asia, Best Fiction Short di 7th Minikino Film Week dan mendapatkan nominasi untuk Film Cerita Pendek Terbaik di Festival Film Indonesia 2021.

Dear to Me

Asian Premiere
Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Germany
19 minutes
2021
Fiction
Director : Monica Vanesa Tedja
Writer: Monica Vanesa Tedja
Producer: Astrid Saerong, Felix Schwegler
Cast: Jourdy Pranata, Jerome Kurnia, Willem Bevers, Wani Siregar, Abbe Rahman

A 27-year-old Indonesian, Tim, is having a family vacation with both of his parents on a remote island far from the city, where they learn about the myth of a reincarnated deer that exists somewhere along the beach. Island locals believe that seeing the deer is a sign of meeting one’s soulmate. Tim is the only one who secretly hoping to discover the deer, hiding his desire from his very devout Christian parents.

Tim sedang berlibur bersama kedua orang tuanya di sebuah pulau antah berantah, dimana mereka belajar tentang mitos reinkarnasi: seorang manusia yang menjelma menjadi rusa. Penduduk pulau percaya bahwa melihat rusa adalah tanda bertemu belahan jiwa seseorang. Di tengah-tengah liburan pikuk dengan kedua orang tua kristen religiusnya, Tim diam-diam berharap untuk dapat menemukan rusa tersebut.

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Monica Vanesa Tedja

Born in Jakarta in 1991, Monica Vanesa Tedja is a Chinese-Indonesian filmmaker whose films pose questions around minority identity issues through intimate character work, with equal parts humour and pathos.

One of her earliest shorts, How to Make a Perfect Xmas Eve (2013), won Best Film in the XXI Short Film Festival, chosen by the Indonesian Film Director’s Club. Followed by Sleep Tight, Maria (2015) winning Best Film in France Film Festival in Indonesia in 2015.
She moved to Berlin in 2015 to pursue an MA in Film Directing at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. Her thesis film, Dear to Me (2020), has won the best short film category at FIRST STEPS AWARDS 2021 and received Special Mention from the Youth Jury at Locarno Open Doors Screenings.

Lahir di Jakarta pada tahun 1991, Monica Vanesa Tedja adalah seorang pembuat film yang biasa mengajukan pertanyaan yang dibalut humor dan juga kepedihan seputar masalah identitas minoritas melalui karya-karyanya.

Salah satu film pendeknya, How to Make a Perfect Xmas Eve (2013), menjadi pilihan Indonesian Film Director’s Club untuk memenangkan Best Film dalam XXI Short Film Festival. Disusul dengan Sleep Tight, Maria (2015) yang memenangkan Best Film di Festival Film Prancis di Indonesia tahun 2015.
Pada tahun yang sama, Monica pindah ke Berlin untuk menempuh studi master dalam bidang penyutradaraan di Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. Film tugas akhirnya, Dear to Me (2020), berhasil memenangkan kategori film pendek terbaik di FIRST STEPS AWARDS 2021 dan mendapat Special Mention dari Youth Jury di Locarno Open Doors Screenings.

Kids on Fire

Indonesian Premiere
Screen Asia
Philippines
19 minutes
2020
Fiction
Director: Kyle Nieva
Writer: Kyle Nieva
Producer: Carlo Francisco Manatad, Kyle Nieva
Cast: Alexis Prins Negrite, Mystica, Ces Aldaba

J.C., a prepubescent boy, slowly learns of his special role in the impending apocalypse during a religious camp. As he participates in the camp activities, he gets confused between constantly emerging sexual fantasies and his divine calling.

J.C., seorang anak laki-laki yang sedang puber, perlahan belajar tentang peran khususnya di hari kiamat yang sudah dekat selama kamp keagamaan. Selama berpartisipasi dalam kegiatan kamp, dia menjadi bingung membedakan antara fantasi seksual yang terus muncul dan panggilan ilahinya.

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Kyle Nieva

Kyle Nieva is a Filipino director-producer and the Managing Director of Manila-based creative agency and production company Screen Asia. At the age of 18, he began exhibiting his directorial work in institutions such as the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, and started earning his national and global accolades. The films he directed and produced have since been selected for various international film festivals–including Berlinale, San Sebastian, Busan, and Vancouver–and broadcast in over 70 territories globally.

His latest film, Kids On Fire, was nominated for Best International Short Film at the 47th Film Fest Gent (Belgium) and for Best Asian Short Film at the 25th Busan International Film Festival (South Korea). It has since been selected for various festivals including the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (Switzerland)–one of the world’s foremost festivals for genre cinema. The film was awarded Best Direction and Best Screenplay at the Cinemalaya 2021 (The Philippines) and Special Jury Prize for World Building at the 37th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (USA). His recent work as producer, Filipiñana, won the Silver Bear at the 70th Berlinale and was nominated for Best British Short at the British Independent Film Awards and at the London Critics Film Awards.

Kyle graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Film at the University of the Philippines Film Institute. He is an alumnus of Tribeca Film Institute’s Talent Lab and the 73rd Festival del Film Locarno’s Open Doors Lab. Aside from directing and producing, he has been involved in marketing, distribution, and festival programming of shorts and features in the Philippines.

Kyle Nieva adalah sutradara-produser dari Filipina yang juga menjabat sebagai Managing Director agensi kreatif dan perusahaan produksi Screen Asia yang berbasis di Manila. Di usia 18 tahun, ia mulai memamerkan hasil karya penyutradaraan di berbagai institusi seperti Pusat Kebudayaan Filipina dan Museum Film EYE di Amsterdam, serta mendapatkan penghargaan nasional dan internasional. Film-film yang ia sutradarai dan produksi sejak itu telah lolos berbagai festival film internasional termasuk Berlinale, San Sebastian, Busan, dan Vancouver dan disiarkan di lebih dari 70 wilayah secara global.

Film terbarunya, Kids On Fire, dinominasikan untuk Best International Short Film di 47th Film Fest Gent (Belgia) dan Best Asian Short Film di 25th Busan International Film Festival (Korea Selatan). Sejak saat itu, filmya telah dipilih di berbagai festival termasuk Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (Swiss) – salah satu festival terkemuka di dunia untuk sinema genre. Film tersebut dianugerahi Best Direction and Best Screenplay di Cinemalaya 2021 (Filipina) dan penghargaan Special Jury Prize for kategori World Building di the 37th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (USA). Karya terbarunya sebagai produser, yaitu “Filipiñana”, memenangkan penghargaan Silver Bear di the 70th Berlinale dan dinominasikan untuk Best British Short di the British Independent Film Awards dan di the London Critics Film Awards.
Kyle bergelar sarjana di bidang Film di Institut Film Universitas Filipina. Ia adalah alumni dari Tribeca Film Institute’s Talent Lab dan the 73rd Festival del Film Locarno’s Open Doors Lab. Selain penyutradaraan dan produksi, ia juga menekuni bidang pemasaran, distribusi, dan programming festival film pendek dan dan panjang di Filipina.

Posterity

Indonesian Premiere
Young Film
Malaysia
10 Minutes
2021
Fiction
Director: Audrie Yeo
Writer: Audrie Yeo
Producer: Sheikh Munasar, Audrie Yeo
Cast: Isabel Alessandra Jalleh, Pearlly Chua, Christina Lim

Ah Ger’s, a curious six year old, discovers a pair of severed wings, head and heart of a dead bird that is missing its body. disturbed by the gruesome discovery and without the fearful presents an adult, Ah Ger’s conscience propels her to take action. She decides to make a mock body for the poor creature and give it a proper burial. Ah Ger’s intentions, prompt an unexpected visit by the ghost of her late grandmother, appearing in the spirit form of the dead bird. the spirit urges Ah Ger to help her find her egg in a nest and help care for it. Despite her good intentions, her actions causes her to be terribly misunderstood and punished by her mother. The punishment she receives for showing empathy, marks the lost of her innocence.

Ah Ger, seorang anak berusia enam tahun yang selalu penasaran, menemukan sepasang sayap, kepala, dan jantung yang terputus dari seekor burung mati yang kehilangan tubuhnya. Karena merasa terganggu oleh penemuan mengerikan ini dan tanpa kehadiran orang dewasa yang menakutkan, hati nurani Ah Ger mendorongnya untuk mengambil tindakan. Ia memutuskan untuk membuat tubuh tiruan untuk makhluk malang itu dan memberinya pemakaman yang layak. Niat Ah Ger, mengundang kunjungan tak terduga dari hantu mendiang neneknya yang muncul dalam bentuk roh burung mati itu. Roh itu mendesak Ah Ger untuk membantunya menemukan telurnya di sarang dan membantu merawatnya. Terlepas dari niat baiknya, perbuatannya menyebabkan ibunya salah paham dan menghukumnya. Hukuman yang dia terima karena menunjukkan empati, menandai saat-saat kepolosannya sirna.

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Audrie Yeo

Audrie, a graduate of the National Institute of Arts and Culture (ASWARA) with a degree in film and video directing. Her passion for filmmaking has driven her to direct a number of short films, music videos, fashion videos and digital content for local and international markets, some of which had been official selections in film festivals.
Audrie is currently involved in an indie feature project entitled ‘Tiger Stripes’ produced by Ghost Grrrl Pictures.

Audrie adalah lulusan dari the National Institute of Arts and Culture (ASWARA) dengan gelar sutradara film dan video. Kegemarannya membuat film telah mendorongnya untuk menyutradarai sejumlah film pendek, video musik, video fashion dan konten digital untuk pasar lokal dan internasional, beberapa di antaranya telah menjadi official selection di berbagai festival film.
Saat ini Au terlibat dalam proyek film panjang independen berjudul “Tiger Stripes” yang diproduksi oleh Ghost Grrrl Pictures. Audrie is currently involved in an indie feature project entitled “Tiger Stripes” produced by Ghost Grrrl Pictures.

Georgia

Indonesian Premiere
Jayil Pak
South Korea
29 minutes
2020
Crime, Drama, Horror
Director: Jayil Pak
Writer: Jayil Pak
Producer: Boram Kang
Cast: Yang Hee Lee, Chae Kyung Lee

Based on a true story. When the police refuse to investigate their daughter’s alleged suicide, two computer-illiterate parents decide to design a protest banner.

Dibuat berdasarkan kisah nyata. Ketika polisi menolak untuk menyelidiki dugaan bunuh diri putri mereka, dua orang tua yang buta tentang komputer memutuskan untuk merancang spanduk protes.

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Jayil Pak

After graduating from NYU with a degree in film production, Jayil has worked as a director and editor of commercials, music videos, and short films in both the US and South Korea. His directorial work has screened and garnered awards in over 100 film festivals around the world. In 2019, Jayil was a recipient of the Independent Film Production Grant by the Korean Film Council and the Merit of Excellence by the Shin Young Kyun Arts & Culture Foundation. His latest project Georgia (2020) received the Sonje Award for Best Short Film at the Busan International Film Festival and was nominated for a Blue Dragon Award at the Korean Oscars.

Setelah lulus dari NYU dengan gelar dalam bidang produksi film, Jayil pernah bekerja sebagai sutradara serta editor iklan, video musik, dan film pendek di AS dan Korea Selatan. Karya penyutradaranya telah diputar dan mendapatkan penghargaan di lebih dari 100 festival film di seluruh dunia. Pada tahun 2019, Jayil menerima Hibah Produksi Film Independen dari Dewan Film Korea dan Merit of Excellence oleh Yayasan Seni & Budaya Shin Young Kyun. Proyek terbarunya “Georgia” (2020) menerima Penghargaan Sonje untuk Film Pendek Terbaik di Busan International Film Festival dan dinominasikan untuk Penghargaan di Blue Dragon Award di Oscar Korea.