Asian Vision showcases the most exciting developments shaping the Asian film landscape. This year’s selection offers a greater proportion of documentaries from Southeast Asia, not only demonstrating the strength of this genre in the region, but also proving that the documentary form is vibrant and elastic.

There are also new fiction films from key auteurs who continue to deliver their bold visions. Finally, we are pleased to include a unique video essay series that spotlights promising Asian filmmakers.

International Premiere

International Premiere

Q&A with filmmaker(s)

Thailand | 2020 | 115min | M18
4 Dec, Fri | 9.30pm

A tongue-in-cheek docufiction that turns authenticity on its head in this interrogation of centralised power.

Singapore Premiere

Singapore Premiere

Q&A with filmmaker(s)

France, Germany, Norway, Philippines, Qatar, Denmark | 2019 | 85min | M18
29 Nov, Sun | 3.30pm

Aswang takes an unflinching look at the nightmarish reality in Duterte-era Philippines as monstrous terror is unleashed upon the urban poor.

Southeast Asian Premiere

Southeast Asian Premiere

Taiwan | 2020 | 127min | R21
27 Nov, Fri | 6.30pm
2 Dec, Wed | 9.30pm

Tsai Ming-Liang returns to feature filmmaking with this tender, meditative portrait of two solitary men whose lives intersect briefly.

Sold Out in Cinema

Southeast Asian Premiere

Southeast Asian Premiere

Q&A with filmmaker(s)

Philippines | 2020 | 147min | NC16
28 Nov, Sat | 6.30pm

A haunting fable about myths and violence, Genus Pan charts humanity’s dark impulses through a gold miner’s tragic homecoming.

Southeast Asian Premiere

Southeast Asian Premiere

Hong Kong | 2020 | 113min | NC16
29 Nov, Sun | 3.30pm

Brimming with life and humour, Keep Rolling is a warm and richly humane portrait of celebrated Hong Kong filmmaker Ann Hui.

Motifs programme – 1 Dec, Tue | 6:30pm
Movements programme – 1 Dec, Tue | 9.30pm

Monographs is a new series of films commissioned by Singapore’s Asian Film Archive, conceived as a platform for engaging the Asian film community in discourse on the moving image. Originating as a response to the uncertainties of the pandemic, the current programme of 10 video essays showcases diverse filmmaking talents engaging with contemporary ideas and creating a fresh, dynamic interplay of stories and images.

World Premiere

World Premiere

Q&A with filmmaker(s)

Singapore, Thailand | 2020 | 51min | NC16
2 Dec, Wed | 6.30pm

Narratives of migrant workers’ experiences in Singapore are stitched together in a documentary that is not afraid to play with form.

Southeast Asian Premiere

Southeast Asian Premiere

Q&A with filmmaker(s)

Bangladesh, France | 2020 | 106min | PG13
29 Nov, Sun | 6.30pm

A sculptor from the city visits a remote coastal village in Bangladesh where he faces challenges to his world views and beliefs.

Southeast Asian Premiere

Southeast Asian Premiere

India | 2020 | 96min | NC16
29 Nov, Sun | 6.30pm

A lyrical tale of the circumstances of a young woman from a nomadic tribe doubles as a timely comment on the tense Kashmiri situation today.

Japan | 2020 | 139min | TBA
29 Nov, Sun | 9.30pm
2 Dec, Wed | 6.30pm

A subtle yet electrifying mystery drama that sensitively deconstructs the ideal of a nuclear family.

Southeast Asian Premiere

Southeast Asian Premiere

Germany, Mongolia | 2020 | 97min | PG13
5 Dec, Sat | 6.30pm

A young boy must decide between supporting his family or honoring his father’s traditions in this gentle and uplifting Mongolian drama.

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Japan | 2020 | 115min | TBA
3 Dec, Thu | 9.30pm
5 Dec, Sat | 3.30pm

After stumbling across an alarming national secret, a Japanese businessman and his wife embark on a treacherous journey to bring this discovery to light.

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Singapore Premiere

Singapore Premiere

South Korea | 2020 | 77min | PG13
1 Dec, Tue| 9.30pm
5 Dec, Sat | 6.30pm

Continuing in his signature of repetition and difference, Korean auteur Hong Sang-Soo’s latest focuses on women’s interactions, revealing undercurrents of ambivalence.

Southeast Asian Premiere

Southeast Asian Premiere

Q&A with filmmaker(s)

Kazakhstan, France | 2020 | 89min | PG13
5 Dec, Sat | 1.30pm

A girl and a gun may be all you need to make movies, but it takes a lot more to open a cinema in the Kazakh steppes, it seems.

Sold Out in Cinema

Singapore Premiere

SoSingapore Premiere

Q&A with filmmaker(s)

Indonesia | 2020 | 76min | PG
2 Dec, Wed | 6.30pm

Meeting in their youth as political detainees, Kaminah and Kusdalini embark on a lifelong journey together, supporting each other through the challenges of growing old.