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[Core Screenings] Wed, 18 Dec 2013, 9pm: Everybody's Business / Venus in Fur
||18 December 2013 (Wednesday), 9pm
||Golden Village Marina
Marina Square Shopping Mall
5A Raffles Avenue #03/04-01
Members only -- flash your membership card to go in. You may bring up to 2 guests if you hold a SFS Reel membership card. Non-members may sign up online or at the door -- we will issue membership on the spot. No tickets will be sold. Free seating.
Cinema 1: Everybody's Business
Cast: Gurmit Singh, Mark Lee, Liu Ling Ling
Director: Lee Thean-Jeen
Language: Mandarin, English
Running Time: 91 minutes
"EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS" is a light-hearted satire on Singapore and Singaporeans from different walks of life. When Singapore is hit with a widespread bout of food poisoning - with at least fifty victims - everyone is sent into a tizzy. How on earth could something like this happen in Singapore? And who's responsible?
John Lu (Gurmit Singh), a hygiene inspector from the Ministry of National Environment is sent to investigate the "national crisis." He traces the source of the contaminated food to an old-school coffee-shop run by the bickering Mr and Mrs Wong Fei (Wang Lei, Liu Ling Ling) and uncovers an even larger national issue - dirty public toilets. John and his colleague, Winston (Mark Lee) put in a report to the head of their department, who realizes that in order to overcome this problem, a new ministry must be formed. Thus, the Ministry of Toilets is formed, handling any business to do with Singaporeans' business - big business, small business, all business. John's family - his wife Peggie (Judee Tan) and son Meng (Aloysius Pang) are pleased with this new development as it means a promotion for John, who has slogged his way up the ladder. But there are speedbumps on the road to national enlightenment: the new initiatives by the Ministry of Toilets are not warmly received by the general public. However, it is through the collective experience of trying to achieve a common goal that everyone realizes a simple truth - that nobody's job is really easy; that the grass is not always greener on the other side, and that sometimes people shouldn't stop at just identifying a problem but also become part of a solution.
Trailer can be found here.
Cinema 2: Venus in Fur
Cast: Emmanuelle Signeur, Matthieu Amalric
Director: Roman Polanski
Language: French with English Subtitles
Running Time: 96 min
Alone in a Parisian theatre after a day of auditioning actresses for the play he is preparing to direct, Thomas is complaining over the phone about the low standard of the auditionees. Not one has the poise to play the leading role. He is getting ready to leave when Vanda appears: an unbridled and brazen whirlwind of energy. Vanda embodies everything Thomas hates. She is crude, idiotic, and will stop at nothing to get the part. But when Thomas finds himself backed into a corner and lets her try her luck, he is amazed to see Vanda transformed. Not only has she found the right props and costumes, but she understands the character (whose name she shares) intimately, and knows all her lines by heart. The "audition" lengthens and intensifies, and Thomas' attraction starts to develop into an obsession...
Trailer can be found here.