[Screening] Medium Rare
(1992, PG, directed by Arthur Smith)
Venue: Gallery Theatre, National Musuem
Running time: 91 mins
Talents: Brenda Bakke, Margaret Chan, Dore Graus
An Australian photojournalist gets more than she bargains for when she pursues an exclusive expore about a medium in Singapore. After watching him perform his ritual of speaking to the dead, she is not convinced of his abilities and considers him a phoney. She later gets entangled deeper and deeper with the medium, whose powers draw her toward him against her will, and bring her perilously close to her doom.
(Loosely based on the sensational murders committed by Adrian Lim, his wife and his mistress in Singapore in the early 1980s.)
Todo Todo Teros Won Dragons & Tigers Award at Vancouver
This wonderful poster is from John Torres' screening in Manila, designed by Mica Santos.
This year's jury members were Robert Koehler, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Jessica Winter. The jury has issued the following statement: We were most impressed by, and wanted to celebrate, those films in this year's selection that challenged and broke with convention and explored the boundaries of cinema. We're grateful to all the filmmakers for their love of film and the work they brought to Vancouver.
Winner of Dragons and Tigers Award
TODO TODO TEROS by John TORRES
A multi-dimensional manifesto on personal experience, filmmaking and life under difficult political conditions. This film shows that low-grade video can be art, while adopting an evocative, surprising approach to the issue of terrorism. And it's a dynamic and inventive assembly of footage as well as an energetic melding of the personal and the political. - Jury statement
Special Mention: FACELESS THINGS by KIM Kyong-Mook And GEO-LOBOTOMY by KIM Gok and KIM Sun