Film screenings at Read! Fest 2019

22nd June 2019 — 28th July 2019
Saturday — Sunday

Venue:

National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064

Description:

Read! Fest 2019, in collaboration with the Asian Film Archive, showcases a special selection of feature films and documentaries that depict honest experiences of voyages through time and generations. These cinematic stories reveal the extraordinary extent and length we undertake to discover meaningful connections.

Meditation Park | Directed by Mina Shum
2017 | PG | English & Cantonese | 94 min
Saturday June 29, 2019 | 7:30 PM | The Plaza, National Library Building

A devoted wife and mother, 60-year-old Maria Wang’s life is altered when she discovers an orange thong in her husband’s pants pocket, forcing her to confront how powerless she truly is. Her efforts to find out the truth send her on an unexpected journey of liberation.

Admission is free and registration is not required. Read more here

Journey to the West | Directed by Jill Coulon
2016 | PG13 (Some Coarse Language) | Mandarin with English subtitles | 56 min
Sunday June 30, 2019 | 8:30 PM | The Plaza, National Library Building

Journey to the West features a group of Chinese tourists visiting Europe for the very first time. This road movie captures the cultural differences between China and Europe through a play of mirrors and contrasts.Admission is free and registration is not required. Read more here.

俺爹俺娘  My Father and My Mother | A documentary by Jiao Bo
2016 | PG13 (Some Nudity) | Mandarin with English subtitles | 90 min
Thursday July 4, 2019 | 7:30 PM | The Pod, National Library Building

Over a period of 30 years, the prominent Chinese photographer Jiao Bo took more than 10,000 photographs and videos of his parents during his trips to their home in rural China, revealing an unvarnished and affectionate portrayal of the everyday life of a simple Chinese family.

Screening courtesy of Director Jiao Bo. Admission is free with registration. Register here.

Chennai 2 Singapore | Directed by Abbas Akbar
2017 | PG13 (Some Violence) | Tamil with English subtitles | 130 min
Friday July 5, 2019 | 7:00 PM | The Pod, National Library Building
*Post-screening Q&A in English with Abbas AkbarHarish, a struggling filmmaker from Chennai, makes his way to Singapore to look for investors who could finance his dream movie. He almost realises his dream until he meets Roshini, a beautiful girl dying from cancer.Screening courtesy of Director Abbas Akbar. Admission is free with registration. Register here.

Istanbul Aku Datang | Directed by Bernard Chauly
2012 | PG | Malay with English subtitles | 94 min
Saturday July 6, 2019 | 7:30 PM | The Pod, National Library Building

*Post-screening talk in English by Siti Hazirah​

Dian travels to Istanbul in hopes of convincing her medical student boyfriend Azad to propose to her. She rents an apartment, not knowing that it is also leased to Harris, a shy artist. With no money for another place, she attempts to hide her unexpected roommate away from her boyfriend.

Admission is free with registration. Register here.

Namdev Bhau: In Search of Silence | Directed by Dar Gai
2018 | NC16 (Some Coarse Language) | Hindi with English subtitles | 84 min
Wednesday July 10, 2019 | 7:30 PM | The Pod, National Library Building

Namdev Bhau is tired of the noises in the city of Mumbai and decides to leave in search for ‘Silent Valley’ that boasts of a naturally occurring phenomena having almost a zero decibel sound level. He chances upon an exasperating boy, who happens to be on his own solo expedition.

Admission is free with registration. Register here.

Heartbound – A Different Kind of Love Story | Directed by Janus Metz Pedersen and Sine Plambech
2018 | NC16 (Some Nudity) | Thai, Danish, English, Lao with English subtitles | 90 min
Saturday July 13, 2019 | 7:30 PM | The Pod, National Library Building

*Post-screening talk in English by Dr Cheng Yi’En

Heartbound is a longitudinal study of a network of Thai/Danish marriages shot over ten years. The film follows four couples and their children and documents how their lives develop as a consequence of the economic and emotional bonds that tie them together.

Admission is free with registration. Register here.

The Eternity Between Seconds | Directed by Alec Figuracion
2018 | PG | Tagalog, English with English subtitles | 90 min
Thursday July 25, 2019 | 7:30 PM | The Pod, National Library Building

In South Korea’s Incheon airport, time stands still for Andres, a depressive best-selling self-help author. He meets Sam, an anxious Overseas Filipino Worker who is about to start a new life as a nurse. Together, they bond over their loneliness, conversations and neuroses.

Admission is free with registration. Register here.