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Singapore Film Festival At The NCPA


An emotive multi-lingual anthology by seven illustrious filmmakers and a political film are the stellar attractions of the latest edition of the Singapore Film Festival hosted by the Singapore Consulate-General in Mumbai at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) on May 31 and June 1, 2017.

7 LETTERS is the title of the anthology by seven filmmakers celebrating SG50 (50 years of Singapore’s Independence) through the lives and stories of Singaporeans. Directed by Eric Khoo, Jack Neo, K. Rajagopal, Royston Tan, Tan Pin Pin, Boo Junfeng, Kelvin Tong, the 113-minute film promises a linguistic banquet in English, Mandarin, Hokkien, Malay and Malayalam.

THE RETURN revolves around Wen, a political detainee, who is released after several years of imprisonment. Arrested for being an alleged communist, he returns, an old man, to an uneasy reunion with his children. Whilst his daughter Mei welcomes him with open arms, his estranged son Tien is resentful about the lost years and rebuffs Wen’s attempts at reconciliation.

Wen also wanders through the city to see how his homeland has transformed into a shining metropolis. He is philosophical about his long incarceration without trial and is ready to move on. But as the past collides with the present, and unforeseen circumstances force his journey to take a tragic turn.