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Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) opens with a dazzling red carpet

By Flora  /  22 Nov 2019 (Friday)

Photo Credit: 30th SGIFF

The 30th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) opened last evening at the Capitol Theatre with the opening film, Wet Season by award-winning filmmaker Anthony Chen. 

Chen, along with his actors - Yeo Yann Yann, Yang Shi Bin and Koh Jia Ler took to the red carpet to present the highly-anticipated film which has garnered 6 nominations at the upcoming Golden Horse Awards. They were joined by local celebrities Andie Chen, Benjamin Kheng, Constance Lau, Felicia Chin, Kate Pang, Chen Tian Wen and Joanna Dong. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat graced the occasion as Guest of Honour.

Photo Credit: 30th SGIFF and Bonnie Yap

At the opening, Yeo Yann Yann also received the ‘Inspiring Woman in Film Award’, Presented by Swarovski, for her eminent career across the mediums of film, television and theatre. She has already received the Fei Mu Best Actress prize at the 3rd Pingyao International Film Festival for her role in Wet Season.

Set during the monsoon season amidst storm clouds, uncertainties and the warm promise of spring, Wet Season contrasts the desires of a woman with that of an adolescent in this stunning bittersweet dual-character study. The scenes sing and rhyme against the diegetic soundscape, where viewers bear witness to the raw and fluttering friendship between a secondary school teacher and her student. The film is Anthony Chen’s sophomore directorial feature, a follow-up to his Camera d’Or winning Ilo Ilo (2013). 

Photo Credit: 30th SGIFF and Bonnie Yap

The team will be heading to Taiwan to attend the 56th Golden Horse Awards on 23rd November. Wet Season has been nominated for 6 nominations including Best Director, Best Narrative Feature, and Best Original Screenplay. Yeo Yann Yann is also nominated for Best Leading Actress while fellow actors Koh Jia Ler and Yang Shi Bin will be competing in the Best Supporting Actor category. 

The 30th SGIFF runs from 21 November to 1 December 2019 with over 90 contemporary and classic films from 40 countries will be screened over various venues including Capitol Theatre, National Museum of Singapore, National Gallery Singapore, Oldham Theatre, The Projector, Filmgarde Bugis+, Golden Village Grand and Objectifs Centre for Photography & Filmmaking. 

Head to the official website for more information on the film festival.

Wet Season opens InCinemas 28 November 2019
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