Wednesday, February 15, 2012
P-047, Lumpinee screening in Singpore's Southeast Asian Film Festival
The second Southeast Asian Film Festival is set for March 2 to 31 at the Singapore Art Museum, screening 20 films, including the Singapore premiere of the mind-bending P-047 (Tae Peang Phu Deaw, แต่เพียงผู้เดียว) by Kongdej Jaturarasamee
Kongdej will also sit on a directors panel, "When the Going Gets Tough, the Indies Get Going", with Filipino filmmakers Adolfo Borinaga Alix Jr. and Clodualdo Del Mundo Jr., Singaporean actor Sunny Pang and film expert Philip Cheah.
Another Thai entry is Lumpinee, about youths growing up in a Muay Thai camp.
There's also Bunohan (Return to Murder) by Dain Said, a Malay crime drama set in the "badlands" along the Malaysian-Thai border involving three estranged brothers, one of whom is on the run from a hitman after a Muay Thai deathmatch.
The opener will be Fable of the Fish by Alix. Other highlights include The Mirror Never Lies by Indonesia's Kamila Andini, daughter of director Garin Nugroho. Dancing With Dictators, a documentary by Australia's Hugh Piper, marks the first Burmese-themed film in the festival. The closer will be Mother’s Soul by veteran Vietnamese director Pham Nhue Giang. Its 12-year-old star Phung Hoa Hoai Linh won the best actress honors at last year's Dubai International Film Festival.
Most of the films will have post-screening discussions. Check the full schedule at the SAM website.