Singapore International Festival of Arts

Directors of SIFA films discuss their work

(Clockwise from above) Acts And Intermissions, The Future Is Behind You and Madeline's Madeline are showing as part of the Singular Screens film section of the Singapore International Festival of Arts.
Acts And Intermissions (above), The Future Is Behind You and Madeline's Madeline are showing as part of the Singular Screens film section of the Singapore International Festival of Arts.PHOTOS: SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS
(Clockwise from above) Acts And Intermissions, The Future Is Behind You and Madeline's Madeline are showing as part of the Singular Screens film section of the Singapore International Festival of Arts.
Acts And Intermissions, The Future Is Behind You (above) and Madeline's Madeline are showing as part of the Singular Screens film section of the Singapore International Festival of Arts.PHOTOS: SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS
(Clockwise from above) Acts And Intermissions, The Future Is Behind You and Madeline's Madeline are showing as part of the Singular Screens film section of the Singapore International Festival of Arts.
(Clockwise from above) Acts And Intermissions, The Future Is Behind You and Madeline's Madeline (above) are showing as part of the Singular Screens film section of the Singapore International Festival of Arts.PHOTOS: SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS

Watch the re-creation of the life of a fiery 20th-century American activist and the coming of age of girls in very different times

In the drama Madeline's Madeline (M18, 93 minutes), a young woman with mental issues finds herself caught in an emotional tug of war between her mother and a theatre director - two women who have a sense of ownership over her.

The teen, Madeline (Helena Howard), appears to be a passive pawn. Or does she have a plan of her own?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 28, 2018, with the headline 'Curious tales of females'. Print Edition | Subscribe