Singapore International Film Festival 2020
Busan International Film Festival 2020
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2021
Osaka Asian Film Festival 2021
Tan Bee Thiam
Tan Bee Thiam, Antti Toivonen
Munah Bagharib, Guat Kian Goh, Han Jalyn, Mochi, Noorlinah Mohamed, Thomas Pang
Wan Ping Looi
Ruben De Gheselle, Michaël Penson
Wan Ping Looi
Chong Jerrold, Lee Jiaying
13 Little Pictures
Ah Been, age 30, still lives with his mother. Not settling for public housing yet feeling like it’s time to move out and start his own life, the young man signs up to be a “Happiness Agent” at the Tiong Bahru Social Club. An upstart, upscale housing estate, TBSC purports to use a patented algorithm, designed to enhance all aspects of their resident’s wellbeing and reduce stress. “The happiest neighbourhood in Singapore,” says the promotional material! And indeed, tasked with helping out his fellow neighbours increase their elusive happiness percentile, Ah Been is hard at work chasing happiness in an idyllic, resort-like estate – where he might even find love! But as things start going increasingly well for him, he soon starts feeling that something’s amiss in all this bliss…
A candy-coloured satire of our increasingly Instagram-friendly, algorithmic, indexed, controlled, surveilled – you-name-it – lives, TIONG BAHRU SOCIAL CLUB (a box-office success-story locally and festival darling abroad) unfolds in a style reminiscent of a Wes Anderson confection (THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL) or a Wisit Sasanatieng flight-of-whimsy (CITIZEN DOG). But under the veneer lies a deeply personal work, flipping utopia into dystopia, at once a striking critique of our hyper-competitive social environment, a takedown of surveillance capitalism, and a hard look at our contemporary culture of shallow performativity. TIONG BAHRU SOCIAL CLUB is as fun as it is resonant, hinting at what inner peace might look like if one manages to cut through the grind. - Ariel Esteban Cayer
An extremely irreverent comedy in which a nude-dash obstacle course and much more awaits fans of absurdist humour.
Lenny & Harpo Guit
24 hours in the absurd and adventurous lives of a duo of Belgian misfits who have nothing to envy DUMB AND DUMBER.
Richard Bates, Jr.
When his darkest secret is brought to light, the high priest of a modern coven sets out on a hilarious soul-searching journey back to his hometown.