City of Small Blessings

by Wong Chen-Hsi
Singapore

Produced by Fran Borgia (Akanga Film Asia), Gary Goh (mm2 Entertainment), Teh Su Ching (Purple Tree Content)


A new train line is being built in the ultra-modern glass and metal city of Singapore, and it will cut through a quiet residential enclave. Prakash, a retired civil servant, hides from his wife the knowledge that they will soon be evicted from their home. When he discovers a small oversight in state planning, he begins a desperate appeal to government officials to reroute the line and save his home. Yet, as construction advances, his wife and estranged son will not support his fight. Tension fractures the family, Prakashʼs isolation grows, and he questions the city he had dedicated his life to, even as it threatens to engulf him.


Based on the novel of the same name by Simon Tay winner of the Singapore Literature Prize in 2010.




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Tomorrow is a Long Time

by Jow Zhi Wei
Singapore, Taiwan, France, Portugal

Produced by Fran Borgia (Akanga Film Asia), Jeremy Chua (Potocol - Singapore), Stefano Centini (Volos Films - Taiwan), Xavier Rocher (La Fabrica Nocturna - France), Ico Costa (Oublaum Filmes - Portugal)


Chua, does not seem to have much of a connection with anyone, except for his teenage son, Meng, whom he returns home to every day after his night shift at work. The long hours meld into an endless cycle of labour and overwork, just to survive. In the dense, confined spaces of the city and societal forces, the relationship between father and son, becomes slowly unbearable. In a bid to free themselves from this vicious cycle, Chua decides to change the course of their destiny.




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Tiger Stripes

by Amanda Nell Eu
Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Indonesia

Produced by Foo Fei Ling (Ghost Grrrl Pictures - Malaysia), Fran Borgia (Akanga Film Asia), Patrick Huang (Flash Forward Entertainment - Taiwan), Juliette Lepoutre (Still Moving - France), Jonas Weydemann (Weydemann Bros - Germany), Ellen Havenith (PRPL - The Netherlands), Yulia Evina Bhara (KawanKawan Media - Indonesia)


An 11-year-old girl reaches puberty when her body begins to morph at an alarming and horrifying rate. In fear of being labeled as a demon, she struggles to maintain being normal at school by trying to conceal her grotesque self... that is until she decides that she no longer wants to hide from the world.










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Skin of Youth

by Ash Mayfair
Vietnam, Singapore

Produced by Tran Thi Bich Ngoc (An Nam Productions - Vietnam), Fran Borgia (Akanga Film Asia), Mayfair Pictures


1990s Saigon, San wants to have enough money for a sex-change operation that will fulfil her dream of living in a woman’s body. San’s lover, Nam, must work as an underground dog-cage fighter to support this dream. The young lovers are unaware that the dark forces they will have to battle may cost them their relationship and test the limit of their humanity.

Winner of the Sorfond Award - Busan APM 2019, SEAFIC Open SEA Fund Award Co-winner 2019, Talents Tokyo Special Mention Award 2019.





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Oasis of Now

by Chia Chee Sum
Malaysia, Singapore, France

Produced by Lee Yve Vonn (Afternoon Pictures - Malaysia), Fran Borgia (Akanga Film Asia), Xavier Rocher (La Fabrica Nocturna - France), Chia Chee Sum (theCommonist - Malaysia)


After secretly meeting her daughter who lives with the local adoptive parents, Hanh (30s), an undocumented Vietnamese continues her door-to-door housekeeping in an apartment area in Kuala Lumpur, where the decades old buildings are home to both locals and foreign. Hanh has lived in Malaysia for many years, with her ability to speak multiple local languages, she is able to make ends meet working for the diverse local ethnic groups. During an immigration raid, she escapes to an elderly Malay stranger’s apartment. While waiting for the raid to end, the stranger mistakes Hanh as if she was his daughter who left home. Hanh plays along like she is in a home she longs for, as if they are a family. However, such impressions only last until her return to the apartments after the raid, she realises the people and places she once felt like family and home, have always been seeing her differently. Needing to belong somewhere, Hanh decides to leave with her increasingly stranger daughter.

Winner of the SEAFIC Award 2020/21, Locarno Open Doors 2020 - Prix Arte Kino International, and the Talents Tokyo 2020 Award.





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