FILM
FEST
WEEKEND


ON THE BLOCK

DATE

27–29 JUL


The Substation Theatre





Featuring the Singapore premieres of Kleber Mendonça Filho’s beauteous and award-winning Aquarius, and a free-and-easy screening of Wang Bing’s nine-hour opus on the collapse of industrialism in China, West of the Tracks

These films are a form of silent demonstration.

The country’s landmarks are in peril. Modernist megastructures People’s Park and Golden Mile, structures of post-war aspiration and ideology, are on the chopping block.

In what can only be described as a chronic demolition complex, Singapore has altered its coast-and-sky lines, defaced and rezoned nature, redeveloped living spaces, and torn down inefficient ones—all to feed capitalism’s insatiable appetite.

Like a serpent eating its own tail, the legacies of countless landmarks have been eroded in exchange for upward mobility and tourist theme parks. Are structures with potential capital gain the only ones worth saving?

The films in this block demonstrate how land and infrastructural changes affect people—our psychology, philosophy, and way of life. They remind us that the identity of community is inextricable from its environment. They prove that there is soul in the most concrete of buildings, and beauty in the complexes of dreams they contain.

Season Pass holders also get a limited-edition-super-special-souvenir film kit and a free flow of tortilla chips from our SAD bar.

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Season Pass includes access to all films.

* Season pass holders are advised to come at least 20 minutes early to secure your seat.
* Concessions apply to Full Time Students and National Servicemen (NSF) only. ID required at entry.


27 JUL


7.15–10PM


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Aquarius
by Kleber Mendonça Filho (Brazil)


R21 ‧ 2016 ‧ Drama ‧ 2h 26m

Clara is a 65-year-old widow and retired music critic, born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil. She is the only remaining resident of the Aquarius, a 1940s, two-story building on the upmarket and seafront Avenida Boa Viagem. All the neighbouring apartments have been acquired by developers, who are determined to drive her out. This forces Clara, who has pledged to leave the Aquarius only upon her death, to become embroiled in a war of sorts with the company. While the tension and confrontation disturb her, they stir thoughts of her loved ones, her past, and her future. Released to controversy during the peak of Brazil’s crisis, the socio-political shambles of Recife serve as backdrop for a powerful and private rumination on one’s connection to place.

Sônia Braga  Maeve Jinkings  Irandhir Santos 

28 JUL


4.30–6.30PM


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Western
by Valeska Grisebach (Germany)


PG13 ‧ 2017 ‧ Drama ‧ 2h 1m

A group of German workers sets off to a remote countryside in the border region between Bulgaria and Greece. This foreign land and its breathtaking landscape awaken the men's sense of adventure, but they are confronted with tension and mutual distrust. The stage is quickly set for a showdown when the men begin to compete for recognition and favour from the local villagers. Poised at a confluence of insular communities on the cusp of modernity, and how each must grapple with their own prejudices, cultural differences, and misapprehensions, in order to co-exist.

Meinhard Neumann ‧ Reinhardt Wetrek ‧ Syuleyman Alilov Letifov

28 JUL


7.30–9PM


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Land and Shade 
by César Augusto Acevedo (Colombia)


PG ‧ 2014 ‧ Drama ‧ 1h 37m

Alfonso is an old farmer who has returned home to tend to his son, who is gravely ill. He rediscovers his old house, where the woman who was once his wife still lives, with his daughter-in-law and grandson. The landscape that awaits him resembles a wasteland. Vast sugar cane plantations surround the house, producing perpetual clouds of ash. 17 years after abandoning them, Alfonso’s return confronts the economic and environmental turmoil faced by rural communities, as well as the fragility of family and home under threat.

29 JUL


11.30AM–9.15PM 



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West of the Tracks
by Wang Bing (China)


R21 ‧ 2002 ‧ Documentary ‧ 9h 16m

Part I: Rust         11.30AM–2.30PM 
Part II: Remnants    3–6PM
Part III: Rails      7–9.15PM


In his seminal, 9-hour opus, filmmaker Wang Bing documents the slow, inevitable death of an obsolete manufacturing system. Tie Xi is a massive industrial complex in northeastern China's Shenyang province. Built during the Japanese occupation of China and restructured with Soviet support after World War II, it is the country's oldest and largest manufacturing complex. From the post-war period to the 80s, the thriving factories employed more than a million workers, but like other state-run industries they began to collapse in the early 90s. Between 1999 and 2001, Wang meticulously filmed the lives of the last factory workers, a class of people once promised glory during the Chinese revolution. Now trapped by economic change, the workers become tragic heroes in this deeply moving modern epic.


Guest Producer


Jeremy Chua
Screenwriter and film producer

After graduating from the Puttnam School of Film at LASALLE College of the Arts in 2012 with the Academic Excellence Award, he became a frequent collaborator with Lowave Paris and Akanga Film Asia.

He started producing and writing A Yellow Bird with Fran Borgia and K. Rajagopal, which was awarded the World Cinema Support from the CNC and premiered in competition at Cannes CriticsWeek in 2016. An EAVE Ties That Bind graduate in 2013, he runs a film company, Potocol, in Singapore for international co-productions.

His recent co-productions include Alfred Bauer Silver Bear winning A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery by Lav Diaz as well as Brotherhood by Pepe Diokno.

Thai Disco SAD Bar by Russell Morton


Including intermittent performances & Chang Beer

27–29 July, opens between and after film screenings


This piece is a personal tribute to Golden Mile Complex—Russell’s home for the past 2 years.

Inhabiting a space is only temporal, however the emotional experience that occurs within the communities that develop there are infinite. This piece will archive the community that inhabit this place and imagine how the migration to a new place could supposedly feel like.

Housed within SAD bar, a space where the soundscape has been curated to mimic a temporary Thai disco, one will discover  a multi channel video installation that has been haphazardly stacked atop of each other (nodding to the cluttered, Metabolist façade of Golden Mile Complex). The films will appear like little windows peeking into the lives of select community members of the complex, going about their daily lives when they suddenly hear a “call” for them to evacuate the space. Each of these scenes will be acted out by the artist as a form of archiving the different community members that he encounters on a daily basis as a resident there.

The films will be intermittently interrupted by a performance that will mourn the departure from their home but celebrate whatever may be awaiting them on the horizon.


Russell Adam Morton is an artist and filmmaker. He is a graduate from The Puttnam School of Film, Lasalle College of the Arts (2010) and obtained an MA in Fine Arts from Camberwell College of the Arts, UAL (2012).