Diverse line-up at Chinese film fest

Published Thu, Apr 3, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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IT'S not just mainland China's domestic box office that's booming - the Singapore Chinese Film Festival (SCFF) is growing quickly too. From just 10 films at the inaugural edition last year, this year's line-up has grown to 30; while the number of invited filmmakers and panel speakers will increase from nine to 15.

Organised by the Singapore Film Society and SIM University's Centre for Chinese Studies, the SCFF will run on April 17-27. Highlights include Chinese director Jia Zhangke's violent crime flick A Touch of Sin, which is unofficially banned in China; Hong Kong director Kiwi Chow's surrogacy drama A Complicated Story, which stars Canto pop crooner Jackie Cheung; and Cantonese teen movie The Way We Dance, which was a sleeper hit back home in Hong Kong last year.

The bigger line-up will help in showcasing the diversity of Chinese cinema in terms of genres, territories, content and even languages as works from all around the region including Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China are being featured, says David Lee, director and co-founder of the festival. He adds that all the films will be screened in their original languages instead of being dubbed so it's a rare treat to watch a Hong Kong production in Cantonese.

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