AKANGA SHOWCASE (R21)

Akanga Film Asia is an independent production company created in 2005 in Singapore, aiming to support all kinds of arts activities, from filmmaking and photography to theatre and performing arts. They aim to create a cultural link between Asia and the rest of the world.

Akanga is Singapore's most ground-breaking independent collective. Having already made several films and projects that have gone out to win awards, they are currently working on developing several feature films. Featuring three films from Akanga collaborators, the showcase is a dedication to the work that the collective has produced and its contribution to Singapore film.

 

SYNOPSES

 

KATONG FUGUE

Boo Junfeng  |  2007  |  Singapore  |  10 min  |  English  |  PG

A boy with a hidden life and a mother desperately trying to reach out. This is a film adaptation of a short play of the same name by Singaporean poet-playwright, Alfian Sa'at.

Boo Junfeng is one of Singapore's most prolific young filmmakers. Since 2005, his short films have won several awards at the Singapore International Film Festival. His works often centre on themes of alienation, kinship, love and sexuality. Boo's debut feature, Sandcastle (2010), was the first Singaporean film to be invited to the International Critics' Week at the Cannes Film Festival.

 

GEZEITENTÜMPEL

Yeo Siew Hua   |  2012  |  Singapore  |  6 min  |  English  |  Rating TBC

GEZEITENTÜMPEL is a collection of visual poems and questions about the brevity of life and the vastness of time. They are archeological meditations in hidden parts of Singapore that symbolize the infinite glory - and futility - of existence. The film reconstructs the silent images of Philipp Aldrup and enchants it with the original score written and performed by The Observatory for the opening of the photo exhibition.

Yeo Siew Hua graduated among the top of his cohort in Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Media Studies. His debut film In the House of Straw (2009), which he wrote and directed, was presented at the 34th Sao Paulo International Film Festival in 2010 among other festivals, lauded by critics as a significant film of the Singapore New Wave.

 

TIMELESS

K. Rajagopal  |  2010  |  Singapore  |  16 min  |  English  |  R21 (Homosexual Content)

Timeless is a visceral experience which disrobes the human condition over three epochs drawing upon searing images inspired by Francis Bacon’s triptych series. It is an examination of the question: “Time changes but do people change?” The film explores how HIStory can repeat itself, even though people do not stay the same.

Rajagopal has worked on stage and in film for over fifteen years. As a filmmaker, Rajagopal has won the Singapore International Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize for three consecutive years with I Can’t Sleep Tonight (1995), The Glare (1996) and Absence (1997).