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    Singaporean projects win at SEAFIC

    Life, Published on 13/11/2018

    » The concept of script labs and film pitching isn't a familiar one in Thailand. But it's an important step in the increasingly complex and competitive film industry -- here and throughout Southeast Asia.

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    New film is something to chew on

    Life, Published on 02/10/2018

    » Anthony Bourdain doesn't want you to waste your food.

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    At Cannes, humour makes a surprise visit

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 01/02/2017

    » Humour is hardly ever associated with Cannes competition films -- to win the Palme d'Or, for example, it's assumed a film should possess art house gravitas, serious humanity, or weighty, topical, discourse-stimulating subject matter (last year's winner, Dheepan, is about immigrants in Paris, and before that, the three-hour-long Turkish drama Winter Sleep).

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    Judging the judges at Cannes

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 01/02/2017

    » There was a chorus of surprise when the 69th Cannes Film Festival last Sunday awarded its top prize to Ken Loach's welfare drama I, Daniel Blake -- because the film was largely absent from the critical radar during the 12-day festival. A bigger surprise (not to say disappointment) was when the second prize went to Xavier Dolan's melodrama It's Only The End Of The World, because the film was nearly unanimously disliked for its histrionics and theatrical conceits. When the jury, led by Mad Max director George Miller, gave the prize to Dolan's film, a joke sprang up and quickly caught on, inspired by the film's title: yes, for this film to be honoured by Cannes it is the end of the world, or the end of cinema. Apocalypse now!

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    Bolder line-up at Luang Prabang Film Festival

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 09/10/2015

    » Entering its sixth year, the Luang Prabang Film Festival marches on. This year LPFF, the only film event in the historic town on the bank of the Mekong, will take place from Dec 5-9, with around 40 feature films from across Southeast Asia.

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    Kevin Hart quits Oscars host after outcry over old tweets

    Published on 07/12/2018

    » NEW YORK: Just two days after been named host of the Academy Awards, Kevin Hart stepped down following an outcry over past homophobic tweets by the comedian.

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    Welcome (back) to the jungle

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 07/12/2018

    » Telling a story that has been told several times before may require a fresh approach. And in Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle, yet another retelling of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, director Andy Serkis has decided for a more sombre tone to set his film apart from the rest.

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    Spirit of the mountain

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 30/11/2018

    » The rugged village of Gatlang in Nepal is the subject of a documentary film showing at select Major Cineplexes this weekend. Director Pen-ek Ratanaruang and Passakorn Pramunwong seemed to have picked an unexpected topic for their new non-fiction work (after their collaboration in the political history doc Paradoxocrazy in 2013), and Gatlang turns out to be a soothing journey, part diary of a post-earthquake rebuilding and part portrait of the people in a remote corner of the world.

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    On the screen in the Lion City

    Life, Published on 29/11/2018

    » The 29th Singapore International Film Festival opened on Wednesday and Southeast Asia's premier film event will run until Dec 9.

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    Oscar-winning director Bernardo Bertolucci dies at 77

    Published on 26/11/2018

    » ROME: Italian film-maker Bernardo Bertolucci, who won Oscars with "The Last Emperor'' and whose erotic drama "Last Tango in Paris'' enthralled and shocked the world, died on Monday. He was 77.

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