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3 Films you have to watch at the Singapore Chinese Film Festival before it ends this Sunday

By Say Peng  /  03 May 2018 (Thursday)
The Singapore Chinese Film Festival will end this Sunday.

If you have not watched any films from the ongoing Singapore Chinese Film Festival, you don't know what you're missing. There are still several days left and quite a number of great films to catch.

InCinemas recommends 3 films that you may want to check out if you're sick and tired of conventional by-the-book movies and want something more adventurous, intelligent and offbeat.

Film still from The Last Painting

1. The Last Painting  

SAT, 5 MAY 2018
10:45pm | The Projector Green Room
(Ticketing details: https://www.sistic.com.sg/events/cff0518g)

Directed by veteran Taiwanese MTV filmmaker Chen Hung-i, The Last Painting is a politically aware, erotically charged, murder mystery surrounding the death of university student Yang Chieh, who is found naked and dead, with her eyes dug out, in her rented flat. Who has murdered Yang Chieh in such a gruesome way? Set against Taiwan's tumultous political situation, The Last Painting is at once a thrilling work of genre cinema and also an intelligent critique of Taiwanese politics. 

Film still from The Last Verse

2. The Last Verse 

SAT, 5 MAY 2018
4:00pm | GV VivoCity 12
(Ticketing details: https://www.gv.com.sg/GVMovieDetails#/movie/9293)

Set against the backdrop of Taiwan's tumultous politcal economy, The Last Verse by filmmaker Tseng Ying-Ting explores the state of contemporary youth struggling with poverty by following the love story of Ren-Jie and Xiao-Ping over the course of 16 years, starting at the turn of the millenium. The film was commissioned by Taiwan's Public Television Services, under PTS Originals, one of the latest schemes to nurture new local talents. The film won two Golden Bell awards for Best Actress and Best Actor.

Film still from Pseudo Secular

3. Pseudo Secular  

SAT, 5 MAY 2018
7:00pm | The Projector Redrum
(Ticketing details: https://www.sistic.com.sg/events/cff0518f)
A work of sprawling ambition, Pseudo Secular is filmmaker Rita Hui's crowd-funded multi-character hybrid of film and documentary about Hui's city Hong Kong. In December 2014, when the Occupy Central movement in Hong Kong had been ongoing for several months, Hui heard rumours that the police was planning to put an end to the tent village on Harcourt Road, which was the core site of the movement. Reacting quickly, she decided to cast actors to play characters set against the unfolding political theatre. One of the characters we follow is Tai Cho, a university student who joins the protest movement with his girlfriend Yi. Referring to the term 'pseudo-secularism' coined by Indian writer Anthony Elenjimittam to describe policies created only for the sake of minority appeasement, Pseudo Secular is, in turns, a damning critique and love letter to Hui's beloved city. 
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