Asian Hot Shots Berlin 2010: Focus Singapore
(Here 2009, Ho Tzu Nyen)
For its third edition, Asian Hot Shots Berlin brings contemporary cinema from the city-state of Singapore into the spotlight. Following its rebirth in the early to mid-90s, pioneered by the likes of Eric Khoo and Jack Neo, established filmmakers by now, cinema in the small but resourceful nation has seen a gradual emergence into a film scene that has an astonishingly wide range of talents on offer.
The festival will be launched on 20th October 2010 with the European premiere of Glen Goei’s latest production (cult director of “Forever Fever” (1998). “The Blue Mansion” attacks Singapore’s high society with a satirical wit not being afraid of exaggeration and distortion. A rich, ambiguous portrait of Singapore’s society, the movie could also be read a as a political statement to the “state of the nation”.
A special highlight is the screening of Ho Tzu Nyen’s experimental film “Earth” which is originally curated for the Asian Hot Shots Festival Berlin and accompanied by German electronic musicians. Ho Tzu Nyen’s films have been presented at international festivals in Cannes, Venice and Busan and his works traverse the fields of film, music and performing arts.
As a supporting programme, a master class with Ho Tzu Nyen in cooperation with the academic partner dffb (German Film and TV Academy Berlin) and a panel discussion on cinema in Singapore will be held.