Thursday, November 11, 2010

Perspectives Film Festival: Breaking Through Reality

Back in 2008, a group of students from the NTU Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information started the Perspectives Film Festival which was a 5-day long event featuring some of the classic films produced in Singapore, the highlight being the screening of Lion City, which was arguably the first Chinese-language film to be made here, and the festival selected other classics such as P Ramlee's Seniman Bujang Lapok, Hussein Haniff's Hang Jebat, Salleh Ghani’s Tun Fatimah and B. N. Rao’s Sumpah Pontianak in its lineup.

That edition was soon followed up by something fun last year, with the theme on Monster Mania, where it had the likes of Godzilla, the Mighty Peking Man, and Nosferatu thrilling festival goers.

And now, Perspectives Film Festival, run by a new batch of students under the guidance of mentors from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information, come together again to curate and organize this event, to be held from 25th to 28th November at the Arts House Screening Room. Selected films include the critically acclaimed animated feature Waltz with Bashir that was also screened at last year's Animation Nation, Jia Zhangke's 24 City, Abbas Kiarostami's docu-drama Ten, Gimme Shelter by Albert and David Maysles together with Charlotte Zwerin, and Alexander Sokurov's Russian Ark, the first single-shot and unedited feature length film in cinema history.

Tickets are available through various channels, and all screenings are priced at $10 per film for adults and $8 for students/NSFs and PAssion Card Members. Ticketing details can be found here, and you can visit the Festival website for more information.

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