North American Premiere
Young Meng is trying to find common ground with his emotionally distant father while coming to terms with the loss of his mother. The father’s inability to connect and provide comfort to his teenage son, coupled with the grueling nature of his job as an exterminator create a chasm between the two. Meanwhile, Meng is targeted by school bullies, forcing him to learn how to fend for himself. A stirring feature debut grounded in the complex father-son dynamic. Split into two distinct parts, the coming-of-age drama charts the boy’s journey from the stifling family home in a Singaporean urban jungle to military service in an actual jungle, where little by little he starts to understand who he is at the core. Wei wields his sharp cinematic gaze through an observational yet emotionally immersive style that captures profound moments of masculine tension and tenderness. The film is carried by the magnetic newcomer Edward Tan, who easily holds his own against the veteran actor-director Leon Dai in this heartbreaking dance of wills.
October 4 & 6: Q&A with director Jow Zhi Wei
Leon Dai, Edward Tan, Julius Foo, Jay Victor, Lekheraj Sekhar
In English and Mandarin with English subtitles
Fran Borgia, Jeremy Chua, Stefano Centini, Xavier Rocher, Ico Costa
Jow Zhi Wei
Ting Si Hao
Jow Zhi Wei
Jow Zhi Wei attended Le Fresnoy (France) and Lasalle College of the Arts (Singapore). He was accepted in the Golden Horse Film Academy 2010 (Taiwan). He was also awarded the Young Artist Award by the government of Singapore in 2014. He has made three short films, Outing (San Sebastian International Film Festival 2010), Waiting (Busan International Film Festival 2010) and After The Winner (Cannes Film Festival – Cinéfondation Selection 2013).
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The Sea and Its Waves
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Tomorrow Is a Long Time
In this stirring coming-of-age drama grounded in the complex father-son dynamic, 16-year-old Meng is trying to find common ground with his emotionally distant father and military service is on the horizon.
The Face of the Jellyfish
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Let Me Go
This erotically charged drama centers on a mature single woman seeking companionship through intimate encounters with men staying at a remote Swiss mountain chalet. A modern romance featuring an enigmatic, meticulously put-together dame.