The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is delighted to open its 28th edition with Angels Wear White
, a femme-centric thriller by Chinese director, Vivian Qu. The film's narrative is anchored through the perspectives of Mia, the sole witness to a sexual assault; and Wen, a victim who finds no respite from a mother plunged into shameful despair. Director Vivian Qu's reflection on the precarious existence of a young female in rural China is remarkable in its objective realism and offers a complex image of youths coming of age through disillusionment. The film stars Vicky Chen (Best Leading Actress Nominee for 54th Golden Horse Awards), teenage actress-singer Zhou Meijun, and veteran Chinese actress, Shi Ke and actor, Geng Le.
The Special Presentation section is a gala showcase of some of the most talked about and anticipated new films from today's leading and up-and-coming filmmakers:
Directed by Anup Singh, The Song of Scorpions
is a twisted tale of love between a camel trader and a mystical singer played out amidst the breathtaking scenery in the deserts of Rajasthan. Get ready for a visual spectacle lensed by Swiss cinematographers Pietro Zuercher and Carlotta Holy-Steinemann who chose to highlight the barren sandy landscapes in luscious earthy hues. The strength of the film however lies in the chemistry between the two leads - the charismatic Irrfan Khan, and the radiant Golshifteh Farahani - both award winners in their own right. Featuring songs by renowned Indian composer and lyricist Madan Gopal Singh, the film will mesmerize you with its blend of mythology, folk legend and the fervor of love, revenge and loss.
In this debut feature film, Oh Lucy!
, Director Atsuko Hirayanagi expands on her critically-acclaimed 2014 short which premiered at Cannes Critics Week. Aided by a fine cast - Shinobu Terajima as the earnest trainwreck Setsuko/Lucy, Kaho Minami as the sharp-tongued Mika, and Josh Hartnett as the affable John, the strength of the film lies in its quirky humour and underlying sardonic wit. With just the right winning formula of combining culture clash and family dramedy, Oh Lucy!
is a lighthearted, enjoyable affair with a dash of darkness - an exploration into an older woman's loneliness and desire to be loved by both her family and the men she encounters in her life.
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