Sensory, colourful and widescreen, the forest is already naturally cinematic.
Since the turn of this century, the forest has fascinated the new generation of global art filmmakers who chose the forest as a space for their creative exploration. Screening the Forest takes nature as its point of departure by weaving together the forest in Asian cinema such as the cinematic forests from India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines. In some cases, the forest may even refer to nothing but a world construed as its own territory.
Like the real forest, where many genuses of trees coexist, the programme emphasizes that cinema is not only culturally and aesthetically, but also ecologically, or even animistically constructed. As new strategies and interpretations of the forest emerge from a variety of Asian filmmakers, new trees can be sowed within our own imagination.
Curated by Dr. Graiwoot Chulphongsathorn
Presented by Asian Film Archive
Full programme line-up and ticketing info at screeningtheforest.peatix.com
Watch the trailer:
Friday, 8 June
Programme 1, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Lecture + Short Film Series (Forest Experimenta #1) + Q&A with directors Pimpaka Towira and Boo Junfeng
Film Still: The Purple Kingdom (2016)
Saturday, 9 June
Programme 2, 2pm – 4pm
Short Film Series (Forest Experimenta #2) + Q&A with directors Kamjorn Sankwan and Kent Chan
Programme 3, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Double Bill: Master of Asian Cinematic Forests
Worldly Desires (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2005) +
The Weald (Naomi Kawase, 1997)
Film Still: Worldly Desires (2005)
Sunday, 10 June
Programme 4, 2pm – 4pm
Jîn (Reha Erdem, 2013)
Programme 5, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Blood Amber (Lee Yong Chao, 2017) + Q&A with director
All screenings are held at the Gallery Theatre, National Museum of Singapore.
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