Perspectives Film Festival


Fantastic Planet

Singapore Premiere

Dir. René Laloux 1973 | France | Animation/Sci-Fi | 72 mins | 35mm | In French with English subtitles | NC16 (Some Nudity)

On the planet Ygam, human beings (or “Oms”) are oppressed by blue giants (“Draags”). Due to a technical malfunction, Terr, an orphaned Om, accidentally stumbles upon knowledge of the outside world. Terr escapes with a headset full of Draag knowledge, setting off a race for survival for the Oms against their oppressors. Fantastic Planet is a sci-fi hidden gem that smartly examines the issues of race and speciesism through groundbreaking animation techniques, dreamlike backdrops and imaginative visuals.


Digitally Restored

Dir. David Lynch 1977 | USA | Horror/Sci-Fi | 89 mins | Digital Betacam | In English | PG13 (Some Disturbing Scenes)

Henry Spencer learns he is the father of a deformed child after having sexual relations with his girlfriend Mary X. Their lives in Henry’s apartment become unbearable when the screams of the child drive them insane. The film delves into Henry’s psyche through encounters with Mary’s parents, his seductive neighbour, and his own visceral dream. David Lynch’s debut feature Eraserhead presents a visual nightmare of peculiar sights and sublime metaphors, forging a new tradition to American Surrealist cinema.


Singapore Premiere

Dir. Věra Chytilová 1966 | Czechoslovakia | Comedy/ Experimental | 74 mins | DCP | In Czech with English subtitles | PG13 (Brief Nudity)

A blonde and a brunette on the cusp of pubescence decide that since the world is going bad, they will “go bad” as well. Daisies cemented director Věra Chytilová place as a prominent female filmmaker amongst pioneers of the Czech New Wave. Critics saw the film as an audacious examination of gender identity within the then-restrictive Communist Czechoslovakia, while Czech authorities only saw its political undertones, and promptly banned it for a year upon its completion.

The Dance of Reality

Singapore Premiere

Dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky 2013 | Chile | Biography/Drama/Fantasy | 133 mins | DCP | In Spanish with English subtitles | R21 (Nudity and Violence)

Based on director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s experiences growing up in Tocopilla, The Dance of Reality chronicles his youth as he struggles to please his austere, Stalin-worshipping father while being influenced by the graceful spirit of his loving mother. Jodorowsky fuses mythology, poetry and religious imagery, birthing a unique blend of magic realism in this haunting coming-of-age tale. Appraised by many critics as an extraordinary directorial comeback, The Dance of Reality follows the director’s recount of his early confrontations with the human realities of growth, love, prejudice and loss.

Endless Poetry

Singapore Premiere

Dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky 2016 | Chile | Biography/Drama/Fantasy | 128 mins | DCP | In Spanish with English subtitles | R21 (Sexual Scenes and Nudity)

Following the events of The Dance of Reality, a now-older Alejandro breaks free from the confines of his family life and immerses himself in the Chilean art scene, where he pursues his passion for poetry and embarks on his early beginnings as an artist. The film features cinematography by the legendary Christopher Doyle, who successfully captures the lurid yet charming colours of the Santiago art scene. Widely considered to be Jodorowsky’s most accessible film, Endless Poetry is a biopic of the director’s formative years as an artist.

The Taste of Tea

Dir. Katsuhito Ishii 2004 | Japan | Comedy/Fantasy | 143 mins | 35mm | In Japanese with English subtitles | PG13 (Some Coarse Language)

Set in the idyllic Tochigi prefecture in Tokyo, The Taste of Tea is an offbeat but charming family portrait of a Japanese household. Hajime nurses a heartache from an unrequited love, while his sister Sachiko is troubled by a giant version of herself who lurks in the distance. In The Taste of Tea, director Katsuhito Ishii takes a major step from his earlier foray into cult-animation and infuses the family drama with his gift of creating magic in commonplace situations.

Director Katsuhito Ishii in Attendance

The Man Who Fell to Earth

Digitally Restored

Dir. Nicolas Roeg 1976 | UK | Drama/Sci-Fi | 148 mins | DCP | In English | Rating TBA

Extraterrestrial Thomas Jerome Newton (David Bowie) lands on Earth in search of water to save his home planet that is suffering from a severe drought. Thomas’ work is affected when he falls in love with a hotel maid Mary-Lou (Candy Clark) and hires a dubious man Nathan Bryce (Rip Torn). Previously known for the film Walkabout, The Man Who Fell to Earth was Roeg’s first attempt at science-fiction. The film was also the late Bowie’s debut as the film lead. Bowie sadly passed away earlier in 2016, aged 69, after battling cancer for 18 months. This year marks the film’s 40th anniversary and we celebrate this milestone with a special digital restoration.

Oct 27 - Oct 30, 2016
[ Thu ] - [ Sun ]
8:00 PM - 7:00 PM SGT
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