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Monday, April 25, 2016

Asean Films at the FDCP Cinematheque this week

This week, the FDCP Cinematheque screens a handful of Asean Films among them; the beautiful Singaporean drama film "7 Letters" which is directed by seven different directors, the Malaysian horror film "Villa Nabila", the romantic drama "My Beloved Dearest", and "Above It All" from Laos. [hit the jump to continue]

"7 Letters" will screen April 26 (3:30 PM), 28 (3:30 PM), 29 (5:30 PM), and May 1, 2016 (3:30 PM). "My Beloved Dearest" on April 26 (5:30), 29 (3:30 PM) and 30 (3:30 PM). "Above It All" on April 27 (3:30), 29 and 30 (both at 1:30 PM). "Villa Nabila" screens April 27 & 28 (both at 5:30 PM), and May 1, 2016 (1:30 PM). Admission for these movies are free. FDCP Cinematheque Iloilo is located at the B & C Square Bldg., Iznart-Solis Sts., Iloilo City. It is Iloilo's home of quality indie films and art films from the local and international cinema.

In "7 Letters" Singapore’s seven most illustrious directors have gathered their creative storytelling and filmmaking talents in a one-of-a-kind project celebrating Singapore’s 50th year. "7 Letters" represents seven heartfelt ‘love letters’ to Singapore, capturing each of the directors’ personal and poignant connection with the place they call home. The seven stories tell of our heartland and its people through tales of lost love, identity, inter-generational familial bonds and tensions, unlikely neighbours, and even references to traditional folklore. Boo Junfeng, Eric Khoo, K Rajagopal, Jack Neo, Tan Pin Pin, Royston Tan, and Kelvin Tong, all award-winning filmmakers and familiar names in Singapore’s film industry, will present an emotive anthology showcasing the lives and stories of Singaporeans.

The Malaysian horror movie "Villa Nabila" is made based on the real stories that took place at an abadoned house in Johor called Villa Nabila. Director Syafiq Yusof chooses to present the film in a documentary style. The film starts off with a disappearance of a teenager at the house. Syafiq interviews a few individuals who claim to have experience the supernatural at the house and turns the interview into a film.

"My Beloved Dearest" tells the story of the fractious relationship between Murni, a homesick Indonesian caregiver slash domestic helper and her crabby and disabled older Singaporean master, a widower named Park Harun who sits on his wheelchair all day by the sliding glass door where the curtains are shut and seemingly waiting for someone to rescue him from his loneliness and helplessness. Park Harun resists all basic conversation with Murni and rudely expresses his dislike of the food that she serves him every day, including the traditional Nusantara dish Sambal Goreng. This film was selected as Singapore's official 2015 entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, but was not nominated. In November 2013 the film won the Best Asian Film (Jury Prize) at the SalaMindanaw International Film Festival in the Philippines.

In "Above It All" which is a film from Laos, Noy, a male medical graduate who seems to lead a perfect life, is pressured by his parents to marry his beautiful rich girlfriend. When he can no longer deny and hide his sexual preference, he risks the consequences to tell his parents the truth. At the same time, Noy, a Hmong woman from a poor family in Xiengkhouang province, looks forward to celebrating her graduation after a long struggle to support herself in Vientiane. However, her parents' arrival brings not the joy she expected, but the need to decide whether to remain in Vientiane with her musician crush or get married overseas in order to repay her parents' debt.

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