10 years Thailand is an omnibus film inviting four directors to imagine their country a decade from now. The four are Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Aditya Assarat, Wisit Sasanatieng and Chulayarnnon Siriphol. Each contributes an episode that taken together sound a warning about the current political situation in Thailand. Since 2014, the country has been ruled by a military dictatorship that has curbed dissent, public expression, and creativity and diversity of thought. A new nationalism in now being promoted with its own narrow rules of correct thinking and correct actions. If this is allowed to coutinue, what will the decade ahead look like?
Several soldiers follow up on a routine complaint at an art gallery. They are there to check up on exhibitions around town and make sure there are no images that may cause conflict and misunderstanding. Meanwhile Kaen, the driver of the army van, has something to say to Ann, the cleaning girl at the gallery. But he does not have the courage to speak.
A young man finds that his everyday life seems normal except for one thing: he is the only human left amid a world of cats. They walk, dress, act and talk just like humans. Some of them are even his friends. They don't realize that he's the only human left in a world of cats, so he must make himself blend in as much as possible with the felines.
The New Youth are trained by the state to find and bring in citizens who don't think and act in the correct way. Those offending citizen are brought into the Ministry of VHS where they undergo a special light treatment to correct their mistakes. In this way, a good society can be promoted where everyone is peaceful and have permanent happy faces.
Around the Rathchadanussorn Park in Khon Kaen, under the watchful eye of the Field Marshal Sarit Thanarat statue, several people gather to enjoy the breeze and chit-chat. There is construction happening all around, and it's nice just to sit and pass the time speaking of old memories, new plans, and a device that promotes relaxation and well-being
Programmer S-Express Indonesia: Fransiska Prihadi. Program director of MINIKINO, an international short film festival organization based in Bali-Indonesia.
Programme Description: All the selected films this year coincidentally express deeper than misunderstood characters, they're a reflection of human mind complexity.
A 14 year-old girl is facing her sexual awakening and the natural impulses lead her to physical attraction towards her schizophrenic uncle while at the same time her young mind desires the popular boy in her class.
Ali, 19 years old, has no family and friends except loneliness which ends up terrorizing him and his surroundings.
A girl drifts in her imagination and dream wishing to find a certainty within herself.
Throughout her life, Wulan has come to understand that there are multiple interpretations of Islam and women in Islam; every Muslim woman should be able to make her own choices when it comes to interpreting Islam.
Two janitors found a body of a dead woman. But in this digital age, priority flexed.
Menstruation is still taboo. When she feels awkward to buy "bread", misunderstanding happens...
Death, while struggling to balance his work and family life, talks about his existence, his job, and his opinions on human beings in an interview from the documentary ‘Life of Death'.
An automated voice app called 'Kanya' guides a foreign tourist named 'Alex' through a beach town Bang Saen. Later, Alex decides to explore the town by himself, fantasizing his own out-of-the-box journey.
Back in 2016, Mr. Krit Saranset and his wife had been murdered with the M16 rifle in their house. His nephew has returned to observe and recall his uncle through the wave sounds of Samila Beach.
After an inflatable doll (Barbara) has been abused and abandoned, she decides to no longer be a victim. To no longer be what she is created for. She is Superbarbara. We follow her journey to save the world, populated by easily manipulated beings that have totally lost control over their lives.
Three short stories of young people in Yangon, connecting each other through the dark side of the city Yangon.
Based on the short story by Kyi Aye (1929-2016), the film explores the physical and metaphorical change in a young woman’s life. Since Aye Aye enters her early adulthood, everything around her seems to be falling apart. She starts to see things differently, and at the same time she is being treated very differently even by her own parents. She has to face the stress of her desires, parental expectations, the need to find her place in repressive society. Aye Aye grew up with her distant cousin, Tin Swe since she was a child. Even their relationship starts changing the equilibrium.Their faith is about to be tested, by an encounter with a sudden rain while they are watching a movie at a cinema hall.
An aspiring swimmer working an office job doubts her career when she meets a familiar face who is living hers.
A Married Couple took a wrong turn as their argument led to an endless loop of psychological play.
A terminally-ill man in France who writes a letter to his friend in Brunei, reminiscing about the time they spent exploring the Abode of Peace
A pizza delivery man convinced to be living an ordinary life, started a night shift that triggered a dark premonition during one of his delivery orders.
A man deemed insane after his wife's mysteriously vanished was slipped an opportunity to seek her once more.
A young girl named Estelle suffered from a lot of stress leading her to experienced 'Alice in Wonderland Syndrome' (AIWS).
Pemukun, a traditional performer reconnects with his peers for the probably last chance to perform Mukun.
Struggling to deal with his break up Rahim undergoes an unlikely experience having to keep killing look-alikes of himself in the process of moving on.
A reflection on the existence of time and predestination
A self-reflected conversation to light up and to prove one's existance in the darkness
A long distanced couple tries to mingle and to save their romantic relationship
Under the extreme regime, a father needs to find a way to save the lives of his family
A couple escapes to a quite riverfront where time and space flow along with the river
Spend a day meeting the Chinese millennials who share a love of cakes at Lady M, a New York institution. Meander through their slice-of-life vignettes and dreams of varying flavors, as they navigate the Big Apple.
Roaming the streets one night, Darren and Matt write a song about what’s to come in their happy-go-lucky world.
A mother who had recently lost her job finds herself working as a cleaner in her daughter’s high school during the examination period. In a desperate attempt to salvage the broken relationship with her daughter, the mother decides to cross her moral boundary.
Three dancers reenact the best photographs of brilliant Chinese photographer Ren Hang, who was well known for his shocking photographs bordering on taboo. Ren Hang killed himself in 2017, at just 29 years of age. This film is an homage to his photographs, which are true representations of his fight with depression.
A father who lives in Brussels chats with his little daughter in Hanoi via skype. He tells her a version of "The Little Prince" that reveals his relationship with his own father and recalls contemporary European history.
Three young millennials share an apartment in Ho Chi Minh City but are busy with their own lonely small worlds, like the fishes in a tank.
A highschool boy and son to a sacristan of a Catholic community in Northern Vietnam faces an invisible wall separating him with social life.
A bride-to-be experiences her last night as a bachelorette in heavy rainy Saigon.
A tasty joke on the restrictions of smoking scenes in films recently introduced in Vietnam.
“Music Saves My Soul” is a portrait of a Lao traditional singer, Khamlek, in her 60s. Illiterate until she was around 50, Khamlek was profoundly drawn to a traditional singing style of Luang Prabang known as “Khap Thoum, Arn Nungseu (literally ‘book reading’) since she was a child, as a way to escape from her predatory stepfather. She learned all songs by heart and has been performing for a living ever since. Her humdrum life is marked by two divorces and an abandonment by her older sons. It is music that makes all these bearable, now that she works as a cleaner by day and moonlights as a performer by night.
A young woman stands up to bullying through dance
Hongfa, a mysterious and beautiful young woman arrives in a Khmu and Hmong village in Northern Laos and becomes trapped between the two cultures. In her efforts to bring the villagers together through their music, she creates a melody of change.
Poetic travelogue about Vietnam. The film is sensitive and impressionist, but also stops to examine the problems of an intercultural approach. How do we look at the other and how do they look at us?
A young Belgium film student discovers the hidden miracles of Hanoi, Vietnam. Since she did not speak the language, the film is mainly about looking – very careful and intense looking, with a visual poetry as result.
Set in Yangon, Myanmar, a city that is experiencing rapid economic development, even as lingering patches of the old cityscape remain. A Japanese businessman (Hiroki Hasegawa) is sent to Yangon to lead a railroad development project.
Armed with the tagline “Voices Of New Malaysia” and themed by politically sensitive subject matters such as racism, pedophilia and corruption, 15Malaysia consists of 15 short films that feature Malaysian celebrities and politicians in principal acting roles. The anthology’s massive popularity upon its Internet release in 2009 heralded a decade of viral political filmmaking that culminated with the fall of the BN government in 2018.
Producer of 15MALAYSIA
Pete Teo: It is easy to forget how much Malaysia has changed in the decade since 15Malaysia was first released. The fear of speaking out publicly against political abuse and bigotry, so insidious in Old Malaysia, seemed to have dissipated in the so-called New one. To the extent that 15Malaysia contributed to this development, I am immensely proud of it. That these raw little political films continue to provoke even now speaks for the universal power of cinema and the talents of the filmmakers who made them. Thank you all for your voices.
A teenage Chinese witness to a racially motivated assault is being driven to the police station. A quiet reminder of the dangers of inter-communal suspicion and conflict.
A laugh-out-loud film about a Chinese boy’s misguided attempts at opening an Islamic bank account.
A haunting portrayal of a pedophile preparing to hunt, interspersed with metaphors on the state of Malaysian politics.
A comedic re-enactment of how one politician tries to entice another to switch party allegiance as DVD pirates look on.
Malaysia’s most influential spiritual leader Nik Aziz offers commentary on the virtuous and Islamic way to conduct ethical commerce in his inimitable style.
A man finds himself without small change in a cheap brothel. Many arguments ensue and problems faced by the Malaysian common man are discussed humorously.
An over-zealous public relations consultant advises the current minister of health how to discourage unhealthy lifestyles in Malaysia.
A quiet tale that reminds us that, despite the multifaceted contradiction of Malaysia, life goes on – even if not all of it is sweet.
An Indian boy is asked to build a model of his house at school. A tale on the social economic plight faced by many Malaysians.