22 Sep – Noir fantasy thriller "Interchange" will be the opening movie for the upcoming Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF).
Scheduled to open SGIFF on 23 November, it will also mark the movie's Asian premiere, having successfully been screened previously at this year's Locarno International Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival.
"Choosing it as SGIFF's opening film shows our commitment to celebrating our own voices," said Yuni Hadi, Executive Director of SGIFF. "Highlighting the capability of our creative industry, and welcoming a wider audience to the promise of Southeast Asian cinema."
The third movie from Malaysian filmmaker Dain Said is based on a true incident, taking place a century ago when Norwegian explorer Carl Lumholtz was exploring central Borneo and he captured a photo showing a group of tribal women attempting to rinse off the evil effects of being photographed.
Starring award-winning actors, Malaysia's Shaheizy Sam and Indonesia's Nicholas Saputra, alongside rising Malaysian actor Iedil Putra and Indonesian actress Prisia Nasution, the movie has yet to receive a theatrical date in Singapore, though it has been confirmed for release in Malaysian cinemas from 1 December.
The 27th edition of SGIFF is taking place at various venues, including National Museum of Singapore Gallery Theatre, Shaw Theatres Lido, National Gallery Singapore Auditorium, The Arts House Screening Room, Filmgarde Bugis+ and Objectifs Chapel Gallery.
SGIFF runs from 23 November to 4 December 2016.