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Film picks: The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Southeast Asian Film Festival

Published on Apr 12, 2014 8:10 AM
Cinema still: War Is A Tender Thing. -- FILE PHOTO: SEAFF


The festival kicks off today, and compelling films to check out include Rekorder (2013, 90 minutes, M18) from the Philippines, an experimental work about a DVD pirate who records an act on his camcorder that forces him to re-examine his place in a society from which he feels alienated. Director Mihhail Red will speak after the screening.

The festival will include a tribute to the cinema of Mindanao, given fresh topicality because of the recent signing of a peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, a paramilitary organisation seeking greater autonomy for the southern Philippines.

Festival co-curator Philip Cheah says "films from the area tell you about life during war". He cites the documentary War Is A Tender Thing (2013, 70 minutes, PG13), made by Adjani Arumpac about her parents, one a Christian and another a Muslim. Arumpac will also be speaking after the screening.

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