Saturday, 28 March 2009



1. 《李伯》(This too Shall Pass)导演: 洪益兴(Ang Aik Heng)

By Ang Aik Heng / Singapore / 2009 / PG / 61 min

Producer: Ang Aik Heng, Screenplay: Ang Aik HengThe Substation 23rd Apr, 7:15pm
Final wishes and last regrets in the last three months before death.

Terminally ill with nose cancer, an elderly man prepares for his own passing, trying to settle his final affairs as best he can. In the meantime, his wife and children are also dealing with his imminent death in their own ways. Adopting a stoic and matter-of-fact approach, Mr Lee describes his body as a battleground and candidly speaks about his disease, his pain, and his hopes and fears. As his primary caregiver, his eldest daughter, Ellen Lee, helps to describe and place her family’s problems and her father’s condition in context, and the relationship between father and daughter is both heartwarming and poignant.

Discussing death is generally taboo in Singapore society, even within families that have to deal with it, and with great honesty and sensitivity, the filmmaker tries to articulate what dying is like for both the person experiencing it and the people witnessing the process. From an intimate perspective within the Lee family, the viewer observes the slow deterioration of Mr Lee, and the way this simple family man tries to die with utmost dignity.

Ang Aik Heng’s first international documentary, Culinary China: Food For Thought, won a finalist award for Best in Direction at the 2005 Asia Television Awards. Since then he has also worked on other documentaries for broadcast, including Brat Camp China and Boxing Behind Bars.

2. Brother No. 2, 导演: 赖捷生 (Jason Lai)

By Jason Lai / Singapore, Cambodia / 2009 / PG / 75 min

In the wake of the Khmer Rouge’s genocide, a nation and her people still struggle for closure and inner peace.

Almost two million Cambodians died between 1975 and 1979 under the cruel and bloody regime of the Khmer Rouge, leaving the country scarred and devastated. This documentary gives voice to some of the survivors from that period, such as Soy Sen, a man who returns to his prison camp almost thirty years later to confront one of the prison chiefs who he believes was responsible for the murder of his father. Soy Sen’s encounter with the prison chief turns out to be both compelling and heartbreaking, a stark reminder that the process of reconciliation is a long and difficult one.

Also featured is a key interview with Nuon Chea, otherwise known as Brother No. 2, Pol Pot’s right-hand man, who is currently awaiting trial by an international tribunal. One of the key planners and perpetrators of the genocide, Nuon Chea’s interview raises as many questions as it answers, while offering a glimpse into the life of a man responsible for so many deaths. Juxtaposed with Soy Sen’s story and the accounts of other survivors, Nuon Chea’s words reflect an unsettling divergence in his conceptualisation of Cambodia’s recent past. Thought-provoking and moving, Brother No. 2 presents some important issues facing Cambodia’s future generations dealing with their traumatic past.
Filmmaker Jason Lai’s short films have played extensively at various film festivals including the Bangkok International and Busan Short Film Festival.

3. 《爱情十八克》(18 grams of Love), 导演: 韩耀光(Han Yew Kwang)

By Han Yew Kwang / Singapore / 2008 / PG / 85 min
Producer: Lau Chee Nien, Screenplay: Han Yew Kwang, Cast: Alaric Tay, Adam Chen, Yeo Yann YannSinema Old School (Free Screening) 18th Apr, 11:30am

18 Grams of Love asks the lifelong question - how do we measure the weight of love?
Long-time friends Zihua (Alaric Tay) and Ah Hui (Adam Chen) suspect their wives are cheating on them. In order to allay their suspicions, they decide to test their wives by writing anonymous love letters to see if they will respond. When the wives start to respond, the men find themselves in a fix. Winner of the Bronze Award in the Audience Choice category at the 13th Lyon Asian Film Festival, 18 Grams of Love offers an ironic and bittersweet take on modern relationships in a postmodern world.

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