Monday, May 16, 2011

ScreenSingapore Updates

It's been quiet for the longest time on what to expect from the lineup in the inaugural ScreenSingapore sidebars and main events in early June this year, and today comes the multiple whammies to stamp the organizers' serious intent in staging one of the glitziest film events in the Lion City that will appeal to both the industry professionals, as well as you and me the average Joe on the street.

As widely touted, the World, International or Asia-Pacific Premieres will see red carpet galas and preview screenings of films such as:

From the Pan-Chinese film industry, The Devil Inside Me gets the honour as the film presentation on Opening Night at GV Vivocity, a thriller by director Zhang Qi and starring Tony Leung Ka-Fai and Kelly Lin. Previews of films such as The Mural (the sequel to 2008's Painted Skin) and Speed Angel will bring in attendance the likes of directors Gordon Chan and Jingle Ma, producer Abe Kwong Man-Wai, and the cast of Yan Ni, Colin Chou, Liu Yan, Zheng Shuang, Xie Nan, Bao Bei-Er, and Tang Wei to the red carpet.

We will also see the World Premiere of Treasure Inn (財神客棧), with director Wong Jing (yes!), actor Nick Cheung, Huang Yi and Liu Yang walk the red carpet, as will director Julien Leclercq and actress Melanie Bernier who will be here to present the French film The Assault in its International Premiere, featuring the French GIGN (Counterstrikers, celebrate!) in action.

There's even room for Bollywood fans like myself, with the much awaited Salman Khan film Ready (रेडी) marking its World Premiere too, with actress Asin in town to grace the red carpet, and Shah Rukh Khan previewing his much awaited Ra.One, arguably touted as the most expensive Bollywood film to date.

Japan Night will see two International Premieres, Paradise Kiss starring Keiko Kitagawa and Osamu Mukai, with actress Aya Omasa in attendance to present the film, and May'n, no stranger to Singapore given her performances since the inception of the Anime Festival Asia and the fairly recent May'n Unite!! Asia Tour 2011, sees her return to the Lion City to present her latest 3D concert documentary film May'n the Movie - Phonic Nation.

Singapore will be represented through two films made overseas - Where the Road Meets the Sun by director Yong Mun Chee who will be in attendance with his cast of Fernando Noriega, Laura Ramsey and Luke Brandon Field, and Jesus Henry Christ by writer-director Dennis Lee, who will be joined by his Singapore producer Sukee Chew and actor Jason Spevack in attendance.

And what is an event without some Hollywood films thrown into the mix, with Mr Popper's Penguins and Super 8 making their bow, and Tom Hanks will be in town to present the Asia-Pacific premiere of Larry Crowne as ScreenSingapore's Closing Film at Lido Cineplex.

If you think that's all, well we're just scratching the tip of the iceberg. A number of concurrent film events will run throughout the festival period of 5 to 12 June, such as Asian Short Film Awards@ScreenSingapore (5 Jun) with Oliver Stone heading the jury, a trade industry Expo (7–9 Jun), 3D Production Forum (6 Jun), Film Finance Forum (7 Jun), WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) Masterclass@ScreenSingapore (8 Jun), and an In Conversation Series with leaders of the motion picture industry, and filmmakers such as Shekhar Kapur and Kelvin Tong.

There will be closed door, invitations only previews to film exhibitors of films from Disney, Fox, Universal, Paramount and Warner Bros, but for the rest of us, fret not, as ScreenSingapore does offer public screenings at major cineplexes during the event period showcasing films such as James Ivory's The City of Your Final Destination, A Beautiful Life (不再讓你孤單), Brighton Rock, The New Daughter, Korean film Haunters (초능력자), amongst others like Blood Creek which piques my interest being directed by Joel Schumacher and starring the new Superman Henry Cavill.

What's more, the China Film Festival will also run in parallel to ScreenSingapore.

There's no lack of film choices this coming month of June, so keep your eyes peeled over at the Official ScreenSingapore Website or its Facebook page for more details as they are released.

You can check out the original press release over here.

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