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SGIFF opens doors

The Singapore Media Festival got under way last night with the red carpet opening of the returning Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), in which Max Currie’s Everything We Loved will fly the NZ flag.

Ken Kwek

Director Ken Kwek (l) and the cast of Unlucky Plaza hit the SGIFF red carpet

The biggest of the international names lending some star-power were actresses Juliette Binoche and Zhang Ziyi with director John Woo, whose latest feature The Crossing (starring Zhang) had a special presentation screening on the SGIFF opening night.

Binoche is in town to present a masterclass and support the local premiere of Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria, which she leads alongside up and comers Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz.

Zhang Ziyi

The Crossing’s Zhang Ziyi arrives at SGIFF

A solid local turnout included Ken Kwek, the director of Toronto-premiered opening night film Unlucky Plaza.

SGIFF will screen 146 titles from 50 countries and runs to 14 December. The festival is part of the Singapore Media Festival (SMF). The SMF also includes the Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF), ScreenSingapore (SS) and the Asian Television Awards (ATA).

On Thursday 11 Attitude Pictures’ Unlocking Autism competes in the Best Social Awareness Programme category at the Asian Television Awards.

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