Arts Film Preview Singapore

Preview: Perspectives Film Festival 2018

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The Perspectives Film Festival, Singapore’s first and longest student-run film festival, returns for its 11th edition from 25th – 28th October 2018! Taking place at the National Museum of Singapore and Alliance Francaise, this year’s festival takes on the theme of ‘Instituitions’, examining stories in which individuals tackle the the limits of their institutions head on.

3 Faces

A total of seven films will be presented at this year’s festival, opening with the Singapore premiere of Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s 3 Faces (2018), which won Best Screenplay at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Panahi made this while still under his 20-year filmmaking ban, marking a return to the feminist leanings of his early works. The film itself follows Panahi himself as he and celebrity actress Behnaz Jafari drive up to a rural mountain village following their receiving a shocking suicide video, and discover the conservatives who live there. Behnaz Jafari herself will be present for a special discussion about cinema following the screening of 3 Faces.

The Conformist

Other films in the line-up include Bernardo Bertolucci’s restored classic The Conformist (1970), Dietrich Brüggemann’s religious drama Stations of the Cross (2014) and Abderrahmane Sissako’s courtroom drama Bamako (2006). Perspectives will also be partnering with The Modern Schemers, ​Singapore’s longest-running improv team, to showcase improv performances based on the festival’s theme of ‘Institutions’.

Stations of the Cross

Says festival co-director Lee Yi Jia: “This year, Perspectives is taking a step to challenge our audience’s understanding of institutions. People may perceive institutions to be untouchable symbols of power, but we’d like to show that institutions take root from a person’s actions and necessities. They are not as distant as you may believe.”


No man is an island, unable to resist the draw of company and organisation, yet every institution has its flaws and will never exist unchallenged. Come examine this almost paradoxical existence, as each film captures the perpetual tension between man and society at the 11th Perspectives Film Festival this October.

The Perspectives Film Festival runs at the National Museum and Alliance Francaise from 25th to 28th October. For full lineup and more information, visit their website here


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