The Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) is all set to launch its 2019 edition this May with a lineup of premieres from all over the world, and has now unveiled the full line-up for Singular Screens, the film programme, alongside additional workshops and tickets released for the most popular of shows.
Curated by the Asian Film Archive (AFA), a total of 23 works will be presented at Singular Screen this year, featuring independent voices across the world. A total of five Singapore premieres, 14 Southeast Asian premieres and four Asian premieres feature in the lineup, drawing from a diversity of cultures and social contexts, all of which seek to inspire audiences to expand their imagination about people, life, art and cinema. Opening film Demons is a local film directed by award-winning filmmaker Daniel Hui, following an aspiring actress whose dream role in a new theatre production reveals something far more horrific within the power structures underlying certain artistic practices. Meanwhile, João Salaviza & Renée Nader Messora’s Canne Film Festival Jury Prize-winning The Dead and the Others tells the story of a Brazilian teen who attempts to escape his spiritual fate, struggling between staying true to ancient traditions and conforming to the modern world. Malene Choi’s feature debut The Return will also be showcased at SIFA 2019, discussing the stories of fellow adoptees in Seoul, and the impact that international adoption has on the lives of children. The screenings will take place across various locations, including the Screening Room at the Festival House, and the brand new Oldham Theatre, AFA’s first-ever resident cinema located at the National Archives of Singapore.
In addition, SIFA has also announced extended Festival programming, including an additional show for the sold-out hit Frogman and an engaging workshop showcasing internationally-acclaimed director Tadashi Suzuki’s unique actor training method, the Suzuki Method. Frogman has received overwhelming demand since tickets launched, and will now have an additional show on Saturday, 25th May at 5pm. Described as a thrilling murder mystery by critically-acclaimed UK company curious directive, Frogman breaks out of the traditional mould of storytelling and leads theatre-goers into an immersive digital experience, integrating live theatre and virtual reality.
Audiences can also look forward to more close-knit interactions with artists in the festival, with four new programmes added to the line-up. Suzuki Company of Toga actor, assistant director, teacher and translator Kameron Steele will show participants what exactly the renowned actor-training style the Suzuki Method involves. Dutch actor Thomas Dudkiewicz (Bedtime Stories) shares his experience working as an artist in a collective – the challenges, rewards and principles of their work ethos in Hierarchy-free Work Ethic: What it means to be a collective. Learn all about Japanese artist Shiro Takatani and his artistic journey award-winning Italian director Giulio Boato’s film Shiro Takatani: Between Nature and Technology, while local artists Edith Podesta, Soultari Amin Farid and Susan Sentler will be sharing diverse viewpoints on the definition of dance in a panel BUT… is it Dance? as moderated by Melissa Quek.
Says SIFA Festival Director Gaurav Kripalani: “We are immensely excited to be able to work together again with like-minded partners to present award-winning works that push the boundaries of traditional cinematography. With new locations, new programmes and films, SIFA 2019 will provide more accessible touch-points for audiences.”
The 2019 Singapore International Festival of the Arts runs across various venues from 16th May to 2nd June 2019. For more information and the full lineup of shows, visit their website