Double (Ho)-bill Screening at The Picturehouse
||In our first collaboration with The Picturehouse , SFS is presenting works of two Malaysians who are both last-named Ho. The Double (Ho)-bill screening of Yu Hang’s Rough-Cut version of RAIN DOGS and Wi Ding’s award-winning Short, RESPIRE will be attended by the directors and followed by an interactive session with them.
For more information, visit here.
||1 July 2006 (Saturday), 1pm - 5pm
||The Picturehouse, The Cathay, 2 Handy Road, Singapore 229233
Free admission but members above 16 years-old only -- flash your membership card to go in. Non-members may sign up online or at the door -- we will issue membership on the spot. No tickets will be sold. Free seating.
2005 / Colour / 15 minutes / 35mm / In Mandarin with English subtitles
Inspired by the recent SARS epidemic, Respire is set in a fictional world polluted by a deadly airborne virus. People are required by law to wear masks at all time. When a girl begins to cough she realizes she will soon die and sets off for one final day with the boy she loves ...
Shot hand-held with 85mm lens, the film displays stunningly beautiful images.
- Cannes Film Festival 2005: Kodak Discovery Award for Best Short Film & TV5 (Very) Young Critics Award
- Sitges Int'l Film Festival 2005: Best Short Film
Festival participations (among others): Rotterdam, London, Paris, Bangkok, Taipei, Asia Pacific, Greek (Short Film Festival), Seoul (Green Film Festival)
About Ho Wi Ding
Formerly a committee member of the Singapore Film Society, Wi Ding was born in Muar, Johor, Malaysia and started writing film reviews when he was still a secondary school student. Graduated from the prestigious New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. His thesis film STILL garnered a bronze prize at Wasserman Film Festival 1998 and was showcased in several major international festivals. He was also involved in the post-production of Billy Bob Thornton's SLING BLADE as an apprentice sound editor. He went to Taipei in 2001 as a freelance TV commercial director after working in the USA and Singapore. He is currently developing his first feature project, a road movie called LONELY TOGETHER.
For more information on RESPIRE and Wi Ding, please visit here.
2006 / Colour / 96 minutes / DVD / In Mandarin and Cantonese with English subtitles
When 19-year old Tung sets out to reconnect with his elder brother in the urban chaos of Kuala Lumpur, little does he realize that a journey of self-discovery into the conflicted realms of love, loyalty and loss lies directly up ahead. Guileless and overconfident, young Tung soon finds himself drawn ever-deeper into a world where deceit, treachery, sudden violence, and irrevocable loss are the only certainties -- and where the only lesson to be to be gleaned from his sudden coming of age is just how difficult adulthood can make it for any of us to ever go home again.
The film is one of the six in Focus: First Cuts.
RAIN DOGS will be theatrically released by Golden Village later this year.
About Ho Yu Hang
Born and raised in the quiet bedroom community of Petaling Jaya, in the suburbs just outside of Malaysia’s largest city, Kuala Lumpur, writer/director/actor Ho Yuhang was took a degree in engineering from Iowa State University in the U.S. Yu Hang’s first fiction feature, MIN won the Special Jury Prize at the Nantes Festival of 3 Continents. His second digitally produced feature, SANCTUARY won the NETPAC Award at the Pusan International Film Festival IN 2004, and an Honorary Mention from the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2005.
Alongside friends and fellow filmmakers James Lee and Amir Muhammad, Ho Yuhang is now recognized as one of the leading figures in Malaysia’s internationally celebrated contemporary independent film movement. RAIN DOGS, Ho’s latest feature, received support from Rotterdam’s Hubert Bals script development fund, and was funded by Focus Films of Hong Kong.
For more information on RAIN DOGS and Yu Hang, please visit here.