Singaporean visual artist John Clang's film debut opens National Gallery Singapore's Painting with Light: Festival of International Films on Art
State of flux
Their Remaining Journey
The festival will open with the local premiere of acclaimed Singapore visual artist John Clang debut feature, entitled Their Remaining Journey. The film weaves together three different narratives: a theatre actress meets an untimely death and awaits reincarnation while her soul is trapped with an unknown family in Singapore; a Pilates instructor travels to New York, unable to escape from the memory of a dead-end relationship; and a Singapore immigrant in Taiwan desperately tries to muster the courage to tell his wife of his illness and remorse. Connected through their loneliness, the characters attempt to negotiate personal loss and displacement.
Leading Iranian photographers Solmaz Daryani, Gohar Dashti, Shadi Ghadirian, Abbas Kowsari, Tamineh Monzavi, and Newsha Tavakolian, as well as Anita Ghabian, one of Iran’s most famous photo-gallerists, open up about their artistic practices and personal experiences with censorship. Iran's highly patriarchal societal structure and stipulations on art have increased challenges for its artists, but the artists in the film have chosen to remain in the country to spotlight the stories of quiet resistance.
Approved for Adoption
Approved for Adoption is a multiple award-winning film, having clinched the Audience Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival (2012), the Grand Prize for Animation at the Japan Media Arts Festival (2013) as well as the Grand Prix and Audience Award at the Animafest Zagreb (2013). It explores the experiences of Jung, a South Korean comic artist and an adopted child of a Belgian family. He makes his now-adult trip back to Korea, burdened with past memories growing up in the 2q2 country through home videos and animated vignettes made from his drawings. Jung's struggles with acceptance through art is heartfelt and compelling.
The Tailor is a Vietnamese drama celebrating the efforts of a rebellious young heiress to an ao dai (a traditional Vietnamese garment) fashion house in Saigon. Originally contemptuous of the ao dai's outdated designs, she eventually recognizes the value of her heritage and races against time to save her dwindling family business by bringing colours and modern patterns to the mix. Though the film starts out in 1969, it spans over 40 years and covers issues that continue to be relevant to the fashion industry today.