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Marina Bay Sands x Singapore International Film Festival

After three consecutive years as Presenting Sponsor to the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), Marina Bay Sands reinforced its commitment to help nurture a vibrant Singapore film industry by welcoming SGIFF onboard as its newest designated charity in 2017.

The integrated resort has rolled out “In Conversation With” sessions, featuring renowned film practitioners, creating opportunities for budding film critics and writers under SGIFF’s Youth Jury & Critics Programme to learn from industry experts such as filmmaker Darren Aronofsky and actor Adrian Grenier.

This year, we introduce the Marina Bay Sands x SGIFF: Youth Film Project and ArtScience Museum Collaborations.

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 at Marina Bay Sands. 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. 

28th Singapore International Film Festival
28th Singapore International Film Festival Opening: ANGELS WEAR WHITE

Festival Opening: ANGELS WEAR WHITE
(Directed by 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.

Ratings: PG13 - Some Mature Content


Special Presentation: THE SONG OF SCORPIONS
(Directed by Anup Singh)

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. 

Ratings: TBA

SGIFF Special Presentation: OH LUCY!

Special Presentation: OH LUCY!
(Directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi)

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.

Ratings: M18 - Sexual Scene

Open To Public: Red Carpet Events
Marina Bay Sands x SGIFF Red Carpet Events

Marina Bay Sands x SGIFF Red Carpet Events

23 Nov:
SGIFF Opening Film: Angels Wear White (China)
Venue: Grand Theatre Foyer, 7pm
Celebrities in attendance: The film’s director Vivian Qu and cast Zhou Mei Jun; Anup Singh, and Waheeda Rehman; and Japanese filmmaker Daisuke Miyazaki

24 Nov:
SGIFF Special Presentation Film 1: The Song of Scorpions (Switzerland/France/China)
Venue: Grand Theatre Foyer, 7pm
Celebrities in attendance: The film’s director Anup Singh and cast Waheeda Rehman.

25 Nov:
SGIFF Benefit Dinner
Venue: Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Hall A, 6.45pm
Celebrities in attendance: David Beckham, Anup Singh, Waheeda Rehman, Vietnamese-born French film director Tran Anh Hung, Jenny Suen, Christopher Doyle, upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi cast Kelly Marie Tran, and Japanese actor, model and singer Takumi Saitoh.

30 Nov:
SGIFF Special Presentation Film 3 Oh Lucy!
Venue: Grand Theatre Foyer, 7pm
Celebrities in attendance: The film’s director Atsuko Hiranayagi and cast Shinobu Terajima

2 Dec:
Silver Screen Awards
Venue: Sands Theatre Foyer, 6.45pm
Celebrities in attendance: Koji Yakusho, award-winning Indonesian director and Honorary Award recipient Garin Nugroho, Asian Feature Film Competition jury members Shekhar Kapur, Clara Law, Ana Lily Amipour and Mark Peranson, and Southeast Asian Short Film Competition jury members Kenji Ishizaka, K.

In Conversation With sessions at ArtScience Museum
Marina Bay Sands x SGIFF: Youth Film Project
Marina Bay Sands x SGIFF: Youth Film Project

Development Programme

MBS x SGIFF: Youth Film Project is a programme where two aspiring filmmakers will have the opportunity to try their hand at co-producing and co-directing a short documentary on the 2017 Sands for Singapore Charity Festival. Participants will be given close mentorship and guidance of the MBS Visual Media Department, and access to in-house film equipment and post-production facilities. The completed short project will be showcased on both Marina Bay Sands and SGIFF’s social media platforms. 
Past Programmes
ArtScience Museum Co-presentation
Gone Shopping

ArtScience Museum Co-presentation

10th Anniversary Screening of Gone Shopping

Date: 1 – 8 October 2017

Panel Discussion: 7 October 2017

Free admission

Clara is a trophy wife ‘tai tai’ who one day forgets to take her medication and ends up lingering on for days in the welcoming walls of her favourite space – shopping centres. There she crosses paths with a childhood flame, a latchkey kid and a cosplaying young man, and realises that she is far from alone as a creature of the mall. Gone Shopping is a tale of love, loss and liberation in the only heart Singapore has ever known.

Released to critical acclaim in 2007, Gone Shopping is the first full-length directorial debut of female director Wee Li Lin. Derek Elley from American entertainment trade magazine Variety described the film as a “quietly ironic feature debut, which goes to the empty heart of the Lion State’s culture more effectively than many artier pics repping the island on the fest circuit.”

This 10th anniversary screening of Gone Shopping is co-presented by ArtScience Museum and Singapore International Film Festival.

In Conversation: Aisle of Dreams

In Conversation: Aisle of Dreams

Saturday – 7 October, 2017 | 2.30pm – 4pm
Level 4 Expression Gallery
Register via Peatix (Refundable $5 ticket) 

• Wee Li Lin, Writer-Director
• Prof Chua Beng Huat, author of Life Is Not Complete Without Shopping
• Sonya Nair, lead actress in Gone Shopping
• Julian Wong, Associate Editor at Rice Media

• Genevieve Loh

For ArtScience Museum Co-presentation. Kindly change the date & panel discussion to the below: 

1 - 6 Oct | 2.30pm & 5pm
7 Oct | 5.00pm
8 Oct | 11am, 2.30pm & 5pm

Panel Discussion
7 Oct | 2.30pm

Gone Shopping is filmmaker Wee Li Lin’s bittersweet look at the intense relationship between Singaporeans and the space of shopping centres. When Li Lin made the film in the mid-2000s, Orchard Road was at its prime with ION Mall being constructed and the promise of more retail fantasies to be met. Our happiness as Singaporeans and the space of the shopping centres was, arguably, one and the same.

Today, Orchard road, the state of shopping centres and our relationship with them, has changed. Our panel will discuss what does the space of the shopping centre mean to us now and perhaps in the future. We will also look at the themes of fantasy, home, identity and individuality as explored in Gone Shopping.

*information accurate at time of publish.



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