OPENING & CLOSING FILMS

OPENING FILM: NYAI

Garin Nugroho/90 minutes/2016/Indonesia/Fiction

A story told in 90 minutes realtime. Set in Indonesia’s Dutch colonial era, in 1927, a young and beautiful woman lives with her sick and aged Dutch husband. This woman loses her own name and is called Nyai, which means a foreigner’s concubine, and realizes that she is living in a kind of prison, while she deals with loads of visitors to her residence during the birthday of her sick husband. Nyai’s life cycle while nurturing her husband becomes a drama of solitude about her position in life, all aspects of which have been forcefully taken away from her.

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CLOSING FILM: POP AYE

Kirsten Tan/102 minutes/2017/ Singapore/Fiction

 On a chance encounter, a disenchanted architect bumps into his long-lost elephant on the streets of Bangkok. Excited, he takes his elephant on a journey across Thailand, in search of the farm where they grew up together.

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