Toronto-Singapore Film Fest: The Films

Since I didn’t see any familiar faces at yesterday’s Toronto-Singapore Film Festival (and really didn’t expect to), I’m doing my cinematic duty with a quick report on the films I saw:

Drama Program

  • Café, directed by Kelvin Sng
    • Cultures collide in a late-night café, and the Japanese guy watching the proceedings seems to get it all wrong. The audience loveed the character with the heavy Singlish accent.
  • Parcel, directed by Lu Lu Yang
    • A young postman is haunted by a violent childhood memory. The package that he carries around turns out to be empty. I didn’t get it.
  • Strings, directed by Jon Lim
    • A creepy take on the ties that bind, and easily the audience favourite of the afternoon. More than a bit derivative of Ringu and Ju-on: The Grudge but hey, why mess with the classics?
  • More Than Words, directed by Kelvin Sng
    • A bitter-sweet gangster romance, set in the ‘70s. Kudos to the costume designer for the bell-bottom pants and platform shoes!

Documentary Program

  • Past Tense, directed by Mirabelle Ang
    • A lyrical piece on the narrator’s return to the lion state. A bit too arty for me.
  • Singapore Rebel, directed by Martyn See
    • Profiling Dr. Chee Soon Juan‘s ongoing attempts to bring true democracy to Singapore. Pretty disheartening that the government basically bankrupted this guy out of running for office…
  • Singapore Ga Ga, directed by Pin Pin Tan
    • Due to technical difficulties we only saw the first few minutes of this film, a look into Singapore’s more colourful local characters. Too bad. It looked very promising.

During the intermission between the two programs the audience was treated a free indigenous buffet—but sadly, no durian.

My sincere thanks and congratulations to Yeow-Tong Chia and all the volunteers who made this event happen. I’d say it was a big success!

By Andrew

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