Director Eric Khoo's erotic drama In The Room will make its local premiere at the upcoming Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), which takes place from Nov 26 to Dec 6.
The film made its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last month and is making its Asian premiere at Busan International Film Festival, which started yesterday and goes on till Oct 10.
Khoo, 50, tells Life: "I have always wanted to present my new film at SGIFF because that's where I started."
His early works were showcased in the short film competition of the festival. He went on to make movies such as 12 Storeys (1997) and Be With Me (2005) which have been well-received at prestigious events such as the Cannes Film Festival.
The six, sexy stories in the new film are all set in Room 27 at the fictitious Singapura Hotel and span several decades. The pan-Asian cast includes Singapore's Koh Boon Pin, Hong Kong's Josie Ho and South Korea's Choi Woo Shik.
Asked what happens if the censors want it cut, he says: "Cannot cut, as the SGIFF has a policy not to screen censored films. I want the film to be shown intact."
His dark debut drama Mee Pok Man (1995) will also be screened alongside Yonfan's Bugis Street Redux (originally released in 1995 and newly restored) in the Classics programme section.
The festival comes under the broader umbrella of the Singapore Media Festival, which is hosted by the Media Development Authority. Other components include the trade events Asia TV Forum & Market, ScreenSingapore as well as the Asian Television Awards. For the first time, the awards on Dec 2 and 3 will be broadcast live on platforms such as Toggle and Thailand's Bugaboo.tv.
Reflecting a stronger focus on digital content is the addition of the new constituent event, Digital Matters. It will take place from Dec 3 to 5 and will include conferences and workshops on the digital entertainment industry. YouTube stars Alfie Deyes and Marcus Butler - who together have almost 10 million subscribers - will be appearing at Digital Matters.
Last year, more than 15,000 people took part in the Singapore Media Festival and it is expected to attract more than 17,000 attendees this year.