Championing the voice of Asian Cinema, the 27th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) rolled out the red carpet for its gala opening at Marina Bay Sands. Celebrated Malaysian auteur Dain Iskandar Said opened the 12-day celebration of independent cinema with the Asian premiere of his fantasy noir thriller Interchange, together with his stellar cast including award-winning Indonesian TV personality and actor, Nicholas Saputra, husband-wife duo Iedil Putra and Prisia Nasution.
Other special guests who graced the gala opening included actress and last year’s SGIFF Cinema Legend Award recipient Michelle Yeoh who is also this year’s Guest-of-Honour at the festival, Korean director Lee Sang-woo who is in Singapore to promote his latest film Walking Street.
Also on hand were acclaimed Southeast Asian filmmakers Eric Khoo, Joko Anwar, Brillante Mendoza, and Vietnamese-born director Tran Anh Hung who worked with the likes of Audrey Tautou and Melanie Laurent in his latest film Eternity which will premiere at the SGIFF. He will also be receiving the IWC Filmmaker Award – the first to be presented in Singapore – on 26 November 2016.
Audiences were also treated to the premiere of the SGIFF’s first-ever commissioned short film The Pursuit of a Happy Human Life by local director Gladys Ng – the winner of last year’s Best Singapore Short Film.
The 27th edition of SGIFF, which runs from 23 November to 4 December 2016, will take place across various venues, including Marina Bay Sands, Capitol Theatre, National Museum of Singapore Gallery Theatre, Shaw Theatres Lido, National Gallery SingaporeAuditorium, The Arts House Screening Room, Filmgarde Bugis+ and Objectifs Chapel Gallery.