SEA of Sadness

02nd August 2019 — 28th August 2019
Friday — Wednesday

Venue:

Oldham Theatre

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About SEA of Sadness

With more than 20 years’ experience working on Southeast Asian cinema as a senior programmer at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Gertjan Zuilhof has developed close relationships with many of the region’s filmmakers and affinities with their works. The SEA of Sadness programme is a culmination of his curatorial experience. Previously presented at the 2018 edition of the Taiwan International Documentary Festival, the programme is now being presented for the first time in Southeast Asia at the Asian Film Archive.

The diverse range of films selected for the programme represents the high quality of original work produced in Southeast Asia over the last two decades. The sadness indicated in the title of the programme does not only mean that the films are concerned with sadness as an emotion, but also that they are sensitive, personal, and made with genuine feeling, delving deep into the memories and hopes of the people in the countries they were made in.

*BUNDLE PACKAGE*
3 tickets: $20 || 5 tickets: $30
(U.P. $10 per ticket)

The bundle ticket packages are available for purchase only at Oldham Theatre’s Box Office. Click here for opening hours. 

Programme line-up

*SINGAPORE PREMIERE*
Bamboo Dogs (2018, dir. Khavn)
81 minutes | Philippines | Filipino with English subtitles | Rating NC16 (Coarse Language & Sexual References)

2 Aug, Fri – 8pm

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*The director will be present for a post-screening discussion.

*SINGAPORE PREMIERE*
Kommander Kulas (2011, dir. Khavn)
80 minutes | Philippines | Tagalog with English subtitles | Rating M18

3 Aug, Sat – 4pm
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Nervous Translation (2017, dir. Shireen Seno)
90 minutes | Philippines | Filipino, Tagalog with English subtitles | Rating PG

3 Aug, Sat – 8pm
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*Double bill screening
Years When I Was a Child Outside (2008, dir. John Torres)
100 minutes | Philippines | Filipino, Tagalog, English with English subtitles | Rating TBA

You Want a Real Camera? (2019, dir. John Torres)
2 minutes | Philippines | English | Rating TBA

4 Aug, Sun – 2pm
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*Double bill screening

Another Trip to the Moon (2015, dir. Ismail Basbeth)
80 minutes | Indonesia | Indonesian with English subtitles | Rating TBA

Dry Season in My House (2017, dir. Wregas Bhanuteja)
2 minutes | Indonesia | No dialogue | Rating PG

4 Aug, Sun – 5pm
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*Double bill screening

Bontoc Eulogy (1995, dir. Marlon Fuentes)
56 minutes | Philippines, USA | English | Rating NC16

Riau (2003, dir. Zai Kuning)
30 minutes | Singapore, Indonesia |  Malay with English subtitles |Rating PG

7 Aug, Wed – 8pm
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Batang West Side (2001, dir. Lav Diaz)
302 minutes | Philippines, USA | Filipino, Tagalog, English with English subtitles | Rating TBA

9 Aug, Fri – 2pm
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What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love (2013, dir. Mouly Surya)
104 minutes | Indonesia | Indonesian with English subtitles | Rating M18 (Sexual Scene)

10 Aug, Sat – 8pm

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Evolution of a Filipino Family (2004, dir. Lav Diaz)
624 minutes | Philippines | Filipino, Tagalog, English with English subtitles | Rating NC16

There will be a 45 min intermission at 530pm for this film screening.

12 Aug, Mon – 12pm
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Year Without a Summer (2010, dir. Tan Chui Mui)
87 minutes | Malaysia | Malay with English subtitles | Rating PG

16 Aug, Fri – 8pm
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Homogeneous, Empty Time (2017, dir. Thunska Pansittivorakul, Harit Srikhao)
104 minutes | Thailand, Germany | Thai with English subtitles | Rating TBA

17 Aug, Sat – 8pm
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Ho Yuhang’s Shorts 
98 minutes | Malaysia | Various with English subtitles | Rating TBA

18 Aug, Sun – 2pm
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*SINGAPORE PREMIERE* 
As I Lay Dying

2007 / 11 mins / Mandarin

*SINGAPORE PREMIERE* 
Open Verdict

2011 / 20 mins / English, Malay, Cantonese

Aku

2016 / 5 mins / No dialogue

Trespassed (門)

2016 / 32 mins / Mandarin

*SINGAPORE PREMIERE*
No One Is Illegal
(無人非法)

2011 / 30 mins / English

Big Boy (2011, dir. Shireen Seno)

89 minutes | Philippines | Filipino, Tagalog with English subtitles | Rating NC16 (Sexual Scene)

21 Aug, Wed – 8pm
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Bunohan (2011, dir. Dain Said)

 97 minutes | Malaysia, USA | Malay with English subtitles | Rating NC16 (Some violence)

23 Aug, Fri – 8pm
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About Generals and Other Coconuts (dir. various)

100 minutes | Various country | Various language with English subtitles | Rating TBA

24 Aug, Sat – 4pm
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*SINGAPORE PREMIERE*
Orphan ― Anna Isabelle Matutina

Philippines / 2017 / 3 mins / Tagalog

*SINGAPORE PREMIERE*
Coconut ― Anocha Suwichakornpong

Thailand / 2015 / 13 mins / No dialogue

*SINGAPORE PREMIERE*
Old Thoughts in Tattered Paper ― Mina Cruz

Philippines / 2018 / 5 mins / No dialogue

*SINGAPORE PREMIERE*
Recurrencia
― Mina Cruz

Philippines / 2016 / 10 mins / No dialogue

*SINGAPORE PREMIERE*
No’i
― Aline Magrez

Belgium, Vietnam / 2016 / 22 mins / No dialogue

Prelude to the General (นิมิตลวง) ― Pimpaka Towira

Thailand / 2016 / 11 mins / Thai

The Purple Kingdom ― Pimpaka Towira

Thailand / 2016 / 31 mins / Thai, Karen

The Return (การกลับมาของปะอู) ― Pimpaka Towira

Thailand / 2017 / 5 mins / Thai

Dukun (2018, Dain Said)

108 minutes | Malaysia | Malay, Hokkien with English subtitles | Rating PG13 (Disturbing Scenes)

24 Aug, Sat8pm
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The Monk (2014, The Maw Naing)

90 minutes | Burma, Czech Republic | Burmese with English subtitles | Rating PG

25 Aug, Sun – 2pm
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Return to Burma (2011, Midi Z)

84 minutes | Burma, Taiwan | Burmese with English subtitles | Rating PG13 (Smoking Scenes)

25 Aug, Sun – 5pm
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Normal Love (dir. Edwin)

77 minutes | Indonesia | Indonesian with English subtitles | Rating TBA

28 Aug, Wed – 8pm
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*SINGAPORE PREMIERE*
Variable No. 3

2018 / 25 mins / Indonesian

Trip to the Wound

2008 / 7 mins / Indonesian

Hulahoop Soundings

2008 / 7 mins / Indonesian

A Very Boring Conversation

2006 / 9 mins / Indonesian

Kara, the Daughter of a Tree (Kara, Anak Sebatang Pohon)

2005 / 7 mins / Indonesian

Dajang Soembi, the Woman Who Was Married to a Dog (Dajang Soembi: Perempoean jang Dikawini Andjing)

2004 / 7 mins / Indonesian

A Very Slow Breakfast

2002 / 6 mins / No dialogue

GUEST CURATOR

Gertjan Zuilhof studied History of Art at Leiden University, where he became addicted to movies and began his career as a programmer at a small arthouse cinema. He became a film critic after graduation for a small but intellectually prestigious magazine, before becoming a programmer for the Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) for over 25 years.

With IFFR, he created many special programmes, developed his own style of installation exhibitions, and specialised in the cinemas of Asia and Africa. One of his more ambitious film exhibitions, titled Discovering the Other, was presented in 2007 at the Palace Museum in Taipei. At the moment, he is a freelance film programmer and has worked for several Asian film festivals in Beijing (Beijing Independent Film Festival), Taipei (Taiwan International Documentary Festival), Yogyakarta (Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival), and Malaysia (SeaShorts Festival).