A Girl Missing
When public opinion is easily swayed by mass media, one woman’s involuntary involvement in a kidnapping quickly puts her on public trial.
A Short Film About the Indio Nacional
Playing with the silent film form, Raya Martin’s debut feature film is an awakening into his country’s political and cultural past.
A gripping and precise story about a family of four dealing with the aftermath of the incarceration of their son.
Accept the Call
Following his son’s close brush with ISIS, a Somali immigrant father seeks to understand the forces that push one towards terrorism.
Tired of his turbulent family life and caught between identities, Adam seeks out an alternative arrangement in hopes of finding his place.
Retirement is tough, as an Israeli man learns in this docu-fictional study of wounded masculinity and the anxiety of ageing.
Smothered with parental affection, a cancer-stricken teenager seeks a way out of her despairing world with a small-time drug dealer.
Brazil’s question of who should be spared from political persecution looms large today, and Bacurau strikes with an ambitious solution.
Two children innocently mistake condoms for balloons and this pushes their family to discover the balance between religion and family planning.
Pang Ho-Cheung showcases his directing and acting chops at an early age in this adorable kiddie crime caper.
Birth of Golden Snail
Banned at the Thailand Biennale Krabi 2018, this film is based on the history of Khao Kha Nab Nam, Krabi. Filled with fantasy and historical facts, it treads the line between fiction and folklore.
In a long-forgotten cemetery, a woman and her son look for her late husband’s grave only to be lost in a myriad of gravestones and dreams of a future where luxury replaces memory.
Gitanjali Rao's Bombay Rose is a stunning animated epic that sees love emerge from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai’s streets.
China’s recent history is retold through personal artefacts, and the animals visiting a woman’s dreams.
Two women of different backgrounds encounter one another at an oceanfront resort. They then discover a hidden bond that allows them to escape from their realities.
In Yangon ‘98, a young boy and his mother await the return of his father to relocate. On their last night, the boy tries to grasp the relationship between his mother and their neighbour.
In this stripped-down absurdist dark comedy, a 100% deerskin jacket compels a man to do strange things, such as making films.
Diary of Cattle
A herd of cattle has made a man-made waste landfill their home. They call plastics their resting pasture, wooden bark amidst foliage their food, and the scenic trash mountain their graveyard.
Director Pang's Mom Singing
A series of captured vignettes featuring Pang’s mother’s lively renditions of pop songs in Cantonese.
Dossier of the Dossier
A director and a producer are working on the dossier of their new film, hoping to get funding from a potential investor. What happens next leads to questions about the dreams and realities of making their film.
The Crawleys are back and they have been expecting us! We are cordially invited to join them in the grand and magnificent Downton Abbey.
Takashi Miike’s latest thriller is a tale of star-crossed lovers, punctuated with his usual frenzy of blood, guns, and gangsters.
Flowers of Shanghai
Hou Hsiao-hsien brings together a star-studded cast with Tony Leung and Carina Lau in this fin de siècle 19th century Shanghai film.
New to America, a young Singaporean girl is unable to return home to attend her grandmother’s funeral. She tries to understand life and death while searching for her grandmother’s reincarnation in a turtle.
While going through a midlife crisis with a nagging wife and dying mother-in-law, Hien discovers he has a tumour. He then tries to break free from the mundane and strives for a different life.
I Dream of Singapore
Lei Yuan Bin tells a tale of modern-day slavery in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, in this heartfelt fly-on-the-wall documentary.
I’m Not Your F***ing Stereotype
As a Muslim girl from Southern Thailand, Maryam falls prey to racism in school. She begins spiralling into an identity crisis, and starts resenting her name, religion and birthdate.
If a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, would Mr Binh’s community treat him in the same way once they learn the truth about his partner and him?
In Conversation: Barney Burman
Leading make-up artist Barney Burman will be discussing his works in films and television and the significance of make-up effects.
In Conversation: Nina Wu
Director and cast of Nina Wu will share their inspiration behind the film as well as their opinions on the issues it brings up.
In Conversation: Stone (石头）
In this intimate session, Stone will discuss his transition from musician to acting and the different demands of both.
A dance of rhythm and rituals comes to play in Yeo Siew Hua’s new film after A Land Imagined.
Following the death of a young girl’s beloved grandmother and pet, she is to relocate to the city with her parents despite their estrangement. While being told how to think, feel and behave by her parents, she reveals love in its rawest form.
Last Night I Saw You Smiling
This film, part poem and past artefact, presents the life and memories of an architectural and social landmark in Cambodia.
Tensions run high between residents and the police in this explosive portrait of the Montfermeil district where regular rules do not apply.
Lián and her family are stowaways on a ship, hiding in one of the containers. One day, Lián heads out secretly and discovers that the vessel has docked ahead of schedule. She now has to overcome language barriers and deceit to save her family.
Shot on 35mm film, Marriage Story is an incisive and compassionate portrait of a marriage breaking up and a family staying together.
Mary, Mary, So Contrary
Repurposing and manipulating classic film footage and the filmmaker’s personal footage, the film weaves a phantasmagoric narrative of a Chinese lady named Ma Li who dreams she is a Caucasian named Mary.
Matthias & Maxime
A beautifully poignant dance of yearning and inhibitions; two childhood friends are forced to face their feelings for one another.
Memories of Murder
A small town is eclipsed by a series of murders. With dead leads and corrupt cops, can one detective catch the elusive killer?
Using three iPhones, a family chronicles their perilous flight to freedom over three years in this refugee story told from within.
Madness descends on a squad of child soldiers guarding a hostage. This fever dream of a film is Lord of the Flies on psychedelics.
A bit-part actress’ sanity is pushed to its limit, thanks to the trauma she endures after scoring a hard-earned lead role.
No One is Crazy in This Town
A hotel owner orders Marwan and his team to remove the mentally ill people from the streets, and cast them into the forest so as not to disturb his guests. However, Marwan has another plan.
No. 7 Cherry Lane
Forbidden desires play out in 1960s Hong Kong as a young man finds himself in love with a woman way out of his league.
Passed by Censor
The boundary between fiction and reality is blurred for a prison guard who insists he is about to uncover a domestic conspiracy.
Piece of Meat
Enslaved in a surreal world of living objects, a lamb cutlet does whatever it takes to make ends meet.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Highly acclaimed and awarded at the recent Cannes Film Festival, this French period romance is a precise story of forbidden love, freedom and memory.
Iconic actress Jean Yu returns to Shanghai, ostensibly to appear in a play directed by her former lover. But what is her true aim?
A young girl defies her village’s harsh and chauvinistic traditions to prove her worth in this stunning mythical tale.
Send Me to the Clouds
A cancer-stricken journalist seeks a life-changing sexual experience before her major surgery in this humorous feminist dramedy.
Sg Originals: So, What Happens after Your First Film?
Three filmmakers come together and share about their first film journies, pitfalls, lessons learnt and future plans.
Mae believes that unlike what her long black locks suggests, beauty is found in short hair. In desperation, she defies all odds to attain her desired crown of beauty.
Aung Naing’s health is deteriorating, and he has to be transferred to a hospital due to inadequate facilities at the local health centre. While his friend is desperately searching for the money needed, he is losing the will to live.
Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue
The celebration of a traditional wedding reveals glimpses of gender roles in this lush short film by Mouly Surya.
A family fights for their souls when caught in the warpath of a vengeful forest spirit ripped straight from Malaysian mythology.
Despite the ubiquity of CGI and special effects, make-up remains the cornerstone of futuristic sci-fi films like Star Trek.
Stay Awake, Be Ready
On a street corner, a mysterious conversation takes place among three men at a street stall. Meanwhile, a traffic accident occurs, and the night brings forth a multicoloured frame of reality.
When uniformed high-rise housing began sprouting in post-independence Singapore, a local architect brought the "kampong spirit" back into the city sky by coming up with the Pearl Bank Apartment.
A young student goes to extreme lengths to avoid doing his homework in Hong Kong’s summer of ‘99.
A young woman with a full body rash is driven to violence during a forbidden encounter with her sister’s boyfriend.
A housewife begins eating tiny objects in this psychodrama with a dash of body horror. Best seen on an empty stomach.
Ha, who is 40 and pregnant, decides to confront her husband’s secret lover but the showdown leads to a sticky situation that leaves her with a bittersweet realisation.
Takashi Miike Masterclass
In this masterclass, we will look into Miike’s illustrious career as a cult favourite, and find out how he stays true to his visions.
The First Adventure of the Three Gangsta Bears
A hopeful family-run movie company gets more than bargained for whilst shooting a tribute to their favourite genre.
The Future of Cinema - Storytelling Through Episodes
The Future of Cinema Forum brings together filmmakers and commissioners to address some of the latest developments and varying forms of storytelling.
The Graduation of Edison
Minh lives in a village where every child is born with a tree on their heads, except for him. On graduation day, students who have turned 18 will get their tree cut to signify adulthood. Problems arise when Minh’s sister decides to keep hers.
The Kamagasaki Cauldron War
An ensemble of down-and-outs brings this boisterous comedy to a rolling boil on the surface of urban Japan.
The Lighthouse is a theatrical sea shanty, charting acclaimed actors Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe's descent into madness.
The Missing Picture
Acclaimed filmmaker Rithy Panh recounts his life story under Pol Pot’s regime through mesmerising animation and archival footage.
The Science of Fictions
This dreamy film explores the moon landing conspiracy set in an Indonesian village and the effects of historical negationism.
The Tree House
A highly conceptual film that thoughtfully frames the spectrum within binaries of life and death, and then and thereafter.
The Tree Remembers
Set in Malaysia, this documentary surveys the roots of racism from pre-colonisation to present-day modernisation.
Hirokazu Kore-eda directs Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche as mother and daughter after his award-winning Shoplifters (2018).
The Two Popes
In a divisive world, can the Holy Father and his future successor agree to disagree in a theological spar?
A woman presses charges against her abusive husband after being brutally assaulted, but finds justice is a bigger battle to fight.
Winner of the Golden Leopard at this year’s Locarno Film Festival, Vitalina Varela is a profound letter to Lisbon’s Cape Verdean immigrants.
While Tamaki’s partner Sui was away for the summer, she consumed a watermelon seed and began growing a watermelon in her body. They make a promise to eat the ripe watermelon together.