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2016 Oscar-nominated Short Films, Mee Pok Man and more

Joe Ng (right) as the shy noodle vendor in Mee Pok Man (1995). Benicio Del Toro (left) stars in Sicario.
Bear StoryPHOTOS: THE PROJECTOR, THE SONGS WE SANG, CATHAY-KERIS FILMS

2016 Oscar-nominated Short Films

All the nominees from the animated and live action categories will be showcased, but ticketed separately. The live action short Stutterer, directed by Benjamin Cleary, is the story of a lonely man with a speech impediment trying to make contact with a stranger.

In the animated short film, Bear Story, a sad old bear makes a model of the family he once had before he was snatched by the circus.

WHERE: The Projector, Beach Road, Golden Mile Tower WHEN: Tomorrow to April 10, various timings ADMISSION: $13 from theprojector.sg

John Lui


Joe Ng (right) as the shy noodle vendor in Mee Pok Man (1995). Benicio Del Toro (left) stars in Sicario.
Joe Ng as the shy noodle vendor in Mee Pok Man (1995).

MEE POK MAN: 20 YEARS

It has been two decades since the release of Eric Khoo's debut feature, and The Projector and the Asian Film Archive celebrate the date with screenings.

In addition to screenings of the film, the multi-week event includes films about its restoration and talks by restoration experts, as well as a post-show Q-and-A session with Khoo.

WHERE: The Projector, Beach Road, Golden Mile Tower WHEN: April 8 to 23, various timings ADMISSION: Entry by donation and tickets INFO: For schedule and bookings, go to theprojector.sg

John Lui


Joe Ng (right) as the shy noodle vendor in Mee Pok Man (1995). Benicio Del Toro (left) stars in Sicario.
Benicio Del Toro stars in Sicario.

THE FILMS OF DENIS VILLENEUVE

Canadian director Villeneuve makes thrillers that get under the skin. On the surface, the narco procedural Sicario (NC16, 121 minutes) has the slickness of a Hollywood action flick. But underneath is a layer of nausea, born

of a drug war with no good guys and no limits on violence. Villeneuve's works kick off the first of The Projector's Encore series of retrospectives.

WHERE: The Projector, Beach Road, Golden Mile Tower WHEN: Sunday, 7.10pm ADMISSION: $13 from theprojector.sg

John Lui


Joe Ng (right) as the shy noodle vendor in Mee Pok Man (1995). Benicio Del Toro (left) stars in Sicario.

THE SONGS WE SANG (PG)

128 minutes/ 4.5 stars

Film-maker Eva Tang (left) - co-director of popular feature documentaries Old Places (2010) and Old Romances (2012), about disappearing spaces in Singapore - puts together an ambitious account of xinyao, weaving together interviews with singers, songwriters, producers, media reports, radio segments and video footage of TV and stage performances.

The roots of today's glittery local Mandopop scene go back to the campus music movement. Apart from interviews with key people including Eric Moo and Liang Wern Fook and the use of archival material, Tang also recreates the heyday of xinyao by staging a one-off concert at the nostalgic venue of Bras Basah Complex.

Boon Chan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 01, 2016, with the headline 'Film Picks: 2016 Oscar-nominated Short Films'. Print Edition | Subscribe