Saturday, April 17, 2010

Thai-Malaysian short Ladybird's Tears to premiere in Singapore fest

In addition to Jakrawal Nilthamrong's Unreal Forest and Anocha Suwichakorngpong's Mundane History, there's another Thai film in the 23rd Singapore International Film Festival that I missed earlier.

It's Ladybird's Tears, an experimental short by Kong Pahurak, written and produced by Malaysian filmmaker Edmund Yeo.

Yeo explains it all on his blog, Swifty Writing, saying Ladybird's Tears was assembled from footage of Kong's unfinished experimental short Stardust Memories. "I saw some potential in what he did, and decided that it would be a bit of a pity to leave the film in the can," Yeo says.

Here's a bit more:

Ladybird's Tears became the story of an aspiring filmmaker who is chronicling a low-budget sci-fi film that he was unable to finish, and also his musings of the film's lead actress. The 11-minute short film is narrated by Kong himself (he translated my writings to Thai). It's almost meta, but still somewhat fictionalized ...

The 11-minute film stars actress Zhu Dan.

It's part of the Asian Shorts program in the Singapore fest, which includes three works by Yeo, who was schooled in Australia and is now based in Tokyo. He's made numerous award-winning shorts, among them last year's Kingyo, which made him the youngest Malaysian to compete at the Venice Film Festival.

Aside from Kingyo and Ladybird's Tears, the Singapore fest is showing Yeo's Love Suicides, which was produced by Malaysia's Woo Ming Jin.

The Asian Shorts package screens tomorrow at 4.15.

(Via The Great Swifty)

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