by Kassandra Flores
Chalk Campus Correspondent
The National Commission of Culture and the Arts (NCCA) proudly brings us TINGIN ASEAN Film Festival 2018 which will showcase stories depicting the rich culture of ASEAN countries through film.
And on its second year, the impressive film selection includes Yasmin (Brunei) A Copy Of Mind (Indonesia), Vientiane In Love (Lao PDR) , The Monk (Myanmar), hUSh (Singapore), The Road to Mandalay (ASEAN x Taiwan), Homogenous, Empty Time (Thailand), and Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories (Vietnam). Of particular interest is Dukun directed by Dain Said from Malaysia. The film is loosely based on the true story of the gruesome murder of a former Malaysian Politician.
Joining the festival is award winning director, Kulikar Sotho with his film “The Last Reel" chosen to open the festival. The foundational films of National Artist for Film, Kidlat Tahimik's film Perfume Nightmare and Who Invented The Yoyo? Who Invented The Buggy? will also be shown.
In addition to these screenings, special sessions have been arranged for the audiences to better appreciate the creative processes of the film directors: Master class by Kulikar Sotho, Director (“The Last Reel,” Cambodia) on Nov. 26, 3:15 p.m. in Cinema 1; Master class by Victor Tagaro, Director (“Yield,” Philippines) on Nov. 27 at 5 p.m. in Cinema 6 will immediately follow the screening, at 3:15 p.m.; Lecture: The Art of Kidlat Tahimik on Nov. 28 at 2:40 p.m. in Cinema 6, set between the screenings of his short films, Perfumed Nightmare (1:00pm) and Who Invented the Yoyo? Who Invented the Buggy? (3:40 pm).
This lineup of acclaimed films and Master Class lectures can be enjoyed for free.
The TINGIN Asean Film Festival runs from November 26-29, 2018 at the Gateway Cineplex in Cubao, Metro Manila.
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