Films to catch at National Gallery Singapore’s Painting With Light 2018

Films to catch at National Gallery Singapore’s Painting With Light 2018!

This October, catch Painting With Light Festival: Films on International Art 2018 that’s being organised by the National Gallery Singapore. An annual film festival that focuses on a different theme each year, and we see 2018’s hot topic touching on the migrant crisis that keeps re-surfacing on the news.

At Painting With Light 2018, you’ll see how filmmakers address and interpret this state of in-between through their craft, beautifully portrayed through over 30 films carefully curated for the big screen.

So keep reading for our Painting With Light 2018 recommendations and a giveaway where you’ll stand a chance to win a pair of movie tickets!

Motherland

First on my list, and a movie I can’t stop raving about–Motherland by Ramona Diaz. It’s set in the busiest maternity hospital in the Philippines, the Dr Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila, also known as the “Baby Factory”.

In this maternity ward, the action happens around the clock, and there’s a lack of beds and incubators to properly house mothers and newborns. Motherland is an eye-opener that forces us to re-think and appreciate our simple luxuries in life.

Central Airport THF & Glimpse

I caught Ai Wei Wei’s award-winning Human Flow earlier this year, but if you missed that, Karim Aïnouz’ Central Airport THF is right in the same vein. Following the lives of several Syrian refugees at the Berlin Tempelhof airport, which is an organised shelter at the German border, this moving piece shines the spotlight on the refugee crisis affecting the world today.

An accompanying short film, Artur Zmijewski’s Glimpse is a 14-minute short film that also sheds light on a migrant encampment, the Calais Jungle, right before its demolition. We love that this gives us two great movies for the price of one — both shedding light on important but little-discussed issues.

Approved for Adoption

The aftermath of the Korean War in 1953 left hundreds of thousands of children orphaned, and this autobiographical cartoon, Approved for Adoption, is a true recount of how this affected the comic artist Jung.

Jung was adopted by a Belgian family and tells his story growing up as the ‘other’ in a Western world. A poignant and powerful piece on identity and ethnicity, and a graphic novel worth the watch, especially with the reunification talks in progress today. 

My Other Favourites From Painting With Light 2018

If you’re a fellow art buff like me, you might also want to check out these great films!

The Graduation

A documentary on the admissions process of a prestigious Parisian film school, and the challenging subjectivity of art educators.

In Art We Trust 

A film that any creative would appreciate–In Art We Trust gives us an intimate glimpse into the artmaking processes of a group of diverse artists. 

Louvre City 

A rare peek into the makings of the largest museum in the world before it opened to the public–this is definitely a must-see for art and design lovers!

Painting With Light 2018 Event Details And Giveaway

The Painting With Light film festival takes place from 5 – 28 October 2018, so get your tickets soon! You can get more information about the movies and showtimes from the National Gallery website or on Sistic.

Some films include post-screening dialogues where you’ll also get to meet the filmmakers in person and find out more about their artistic vision and direction! Trust me when I say you’ll walk away enriched and enlightened with a better understanding of what’s going on in our world today.

Five lucky readers will stand to win a pair of movie tickets from National Gallery Singapore! To do so, simply leave a comment below with your name, email address, stating which movie you’d like to watch and why. Full film listing here — do note that the giveaway ends on 10 October 2018, and winners will be notified via email on the same day as well. Enjoy the film festival!

 

Sweet popcorn please,
Priscilla

 

Priscilla Liu

Contributing Editor

Priscilla here! I’m a firm believer in living meaningfully beyond the now, and extremely excitable when it comes to exploring and doing things new and novel. Sometimes I think there’s an older soul living inside me – hit me up with vintage posters, dresses, oriental anything and everything. My latest penchant is watching Chinese movies (with English subtitles please); colours and prints inspire me as much as fiction and travel!

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Cho yim ling
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Cho yim ling

Approved for adoption! 🙂

nicole
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nicole

approved for adoption. WOULD LIKE to learn more about jung’s life story and the world HE GREw up in 🙂

Sophia dominguez
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motherland, as i’m a filipino born and raised here in singapore. i would love to be more aware of the culture in the philipppines that i do not already know about, which this topic is one of them.

Fatima palma
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Fatima palma

motherland! I am a filipino working here in singapore and i would like to bring with me my boyfriend so he Can get to Know more of the “reality” in my country. We love talking about real issues this world face and i feel this Is a perfect opportun for us to bond and deepen our conversations. Nothing beats a conversAtIon with a special someone That has depth and meaNing.

Pui ying
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Pui ying

CEntral airport thf & glimpse! Have always been interested in migrant Issues, and there’s so much more we can learn about problems in the world that Seem detached from singapore.

esther
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esther

Central Airport THF & Glimpse

To see from a telling eye what is it like to not belong and to live in uncertainty of tomorrow

Huiyi
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Huiyi

I would love to catch approved for adoption! Went to look at the trailer and there’s just something about the art form that appeals to me – which is strange as I usually can’t quite appreciate animated movies. Perhaps there’s just something about the movie theme of childhood and growing up which makes the style so fitting. I would also bring my friend who’s into studio ghibli films 🙂

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Fanny

I’d like to catch Arcadia! 🙂 the themes of one’s identity/cultural psyche and its relation to the land is of interest to me, and i would like to see how its protrayed through cinematic visual artforms. fingers crossed, pick me pretty please 🤞🏻🤞🏻

Yong Li Yuan
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Yong Li Yuan

Motherland! watching the film would be good for me to reflect and rethink about how fortunate we are and also to learn to not take simple things for granted. Its also amazing to see a mother’s sacrifice.

Phoebe
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Phoebe

I would love to catch The Tailor because of the cinematography. I have heard a lot of good things about Painting with Light but missed it last year, so this year I would like to experience the programme.

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