'Singapore Film Festival Embraces Thematic Programming, Patient on LGBT

Embraces Thematic Programming, Patient on LGBT

Organizers of

the 33rd edition of the Singapore International Film Festival are naturally keen to prove that

Thong Kay

Wee, in his first full year as program director, has also been keen to put

That effort

has been embodied by a widening of the Asian-themed festival’s geographical catchment area and

“When I

came in, I wanted to break the geographical mold of how curation is done

So, I

thought through them in terms of where you will position things,” Thong told Variety

This year’s

lineup stretches to 101 films (features and shorts) from 50 countries, to play out over 11 days

The thematic

structure now arranges titles according to six different categories: Altitude, Foreground, Horizon, Undercurrent, Standpoint and

Foreground, says

Thong, comprises accessible, top of mind, festival films

Thong’s new

Altitude section is the highbrow pen for Asia’s leading auteurs, making significant films

Titles here

include: Hong Sang-Soo’s “The Novelist’s Film”; Jafar Panahi’s Cannes title “No Bears,”

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