At the recently concluded 11th JeonJu International Film Festival, local indie film Red Dragonflies bagged the Special Jury Prize, which marks the first time that a Singapore feature film had won at JeonJu., up against a keen international competition selection that included winners at Venice and those showcased at Cannes.
I was fortunate to have caught the World Premiere of director Liao Jiekai's first feature film at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, and I share my thoughts in my review here. Hopefully audiences in Singapore will get to watch this soon enough, if not this year, then perhaps during next year's SIFF, just like how another 13 Little Pictures film, In the House of Straw, had returned from its World Premiere in Bangkok last year and from its touring of film festivals worldwide.
You can read more about the winners from the official festival website, where the Jury which comprised of Philip Cheah, Nacer Khemir, Bae Chang-ho, Lav Diaz and Michael Witt had commented that they had "valued above all for its mysterious evocation of Singapore’s disappearing history - both social and personal - and its gentle depiction of innocence and passing youth", and also added that they "felt that there were moments in this small, relatively low-budget, non-formulaic film by first time director Liao Jiekai that displayed great sensitivity and promise for the future."
Congratulations to the director, and to 13 Little Pictures!
- 13 Little PIctures Official Webpage
- Red Dragonflies Official Movie Website
- Production Talk at SINdie