Screening details: ; 7 & 9.15 pm (2 screenings); Sinema (Mt. Sophia; limited seating capacity); tickets at $8.40 each plus $1 booking fee (special discount for card holders) available from SISTIC.
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Read on for an article on SIFF which includes Women who Love Women, which appeared in The Straits Times Life! recently.
14 home-grown works in S'pore film fest
Two films with gay content, Women Who Love Women
and Lucky7, could prove controversial
By Douglas Tseng
THIS year's International Festival showcases 14
movies made by home-grown talents including two works
with gay content which could prove to be controversial.
Women Who Love Women: Conversations In
is touted as one of the few documentaries ever made about
lesbians here. In it, three lesbians talk candidly
about their lives and loves.
Lucky7 is an experimental film with seven directors at the
helm. One director does a 10- to 12-minute segment of the
film and this is continued by the next director who knows only
what has happened in the last minute of the previous segment.
The movie's central character is played by by Sunny Pang. It
has homosexual content and has been rated R21 for 'sexual c
ontent and disturbing images'.
Festival director Philip Cheah said Women Who Love
Women was submitted to the censors on Jan 10 and is pending
He said: 'All the films are like our children, we want to see
them all through the process.''
The festival has a policy of showing films uncut. Last year,
Kan Lume's experimental film about a gay couple, Solos, was
withdrawn from the festival after the censors ordered three cuts.
Other films that were withdrawn after the censors wanted
cuts included Sam Loh's serial killer thriller Outsiders (2005)
and Zai Kuning's short film Even Dogs Have Choices (2005), a short
film featuring local singer X' Ho.
Women Who Love Women, directed by Lim Mayling, 28, an
events manager, was screened at the Lesbian &
Gay Film Festival last November. It has also been screened privately
The three lesbians are Amanda Lee, 24, an undergraduate at
the in ;
Sabrina Renee Chong, 40, a photographer; and Gea Swee Jean, 24,
who works in business and IT marketing.
When asked how the audience would react to the documentary,
Lim said: 'We will leave it to the audience to have their own
thoughts. It is still a little surreal to have been selected for the festival.
It remains to be seen if the film will be screened or how it will be rated.''
Other works to look out for include Royston Tan's After
, a short film about a young lad's move from the countryside
to the city, and Tan Siok Siok's Boomtown , a documentary on
the impact of the upcoming Olympics Games on a group of Beijing
Royston is one of Singapore's most well-known directors, whose last
film, 881, about getai singers, made about $3.5 million at the box
office. Siok Siok is a long-time television producer who has worked
with and MediaCorp TV. Boomtown is her
debut film, which she made while lecturing at Beijing Film Academy.
Festival manager Yuni Hadi said of the Singapore film segment:
'Whatever pre-conception we have of what a 'Singapore film' is, should
be left at the door and be challenged, twisted, questioned and discussed.'
The festival's opening film is Wayne Wang's The Princess Of
, a story about a pregnant Chinese girl's life in the United
States. Wang, who made his name with The Joy Luck Club (1993) and
Eat A Bowl Of Tea (1989), will be here for the festival.
Other films to watch out for include Wang Quanan's Tuya's Marriage,
which won the prestigious Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival last
year. It tells the heartbreaking story of a Mongolian woman who tries
to find a suitor to take care of her and her disabled husband.