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LOOKING OVER AND BEYOND, GIRAFFE PICTURES PROJECTS A NEW VISION FOR ASIAN CINEMA

Anthony Chen leads award-winning directors from China, Singapore and Thailand to produce pan-asian omnibus feature DISTANCE 距离

Taiwanese actor Chen Bolin takes on the challenge of playing 3 diverse characters.

 

Singapore director Anthony Chen is launching a new film company, Giraffe Pictures, in Singapore.

Anthony Chen’s debut feature ILO ILO gained widespread acclaim and recognition last year when it became an arthouse favourite, winning 40 awards internationally, including the coveted Cannes Camera d’Or and 4 Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan.

Partnering with ILO ILO’s associate producer Huang Wenhong, the new outfit aims to nurture and develop new voices in Singapore and the region, focusing on quality talent and content. Giraffe Pictures will begin by producing 1-2 films a year. Anthony Chen will serve as Executive Producer on all its projects.

Anthony is based in London, and in development on several UK projects. Hence, Wenhong, a veteran media personality and radio presenter, will head up Giraffe Pictures in Singapore. The company will also be the home for Anthony’s Singapore and Asian projects.

Overcoming differences in nationality, culture and language, Giraffe Pictures’ first project is Distance 距离, a collaboration with China’s Guangxi Film Group. This time, Anthony Chen takes a step back from the directing chair and takes on the role of Executive Producer and Creative Director. Distance is an omnibus feature with young award-winning directors from Singapore (Tan Shijie), China (Xin Yukun) and Thailand (Sivaroj Kongsakul).

Singaporean director, Tan Shijie is a philosophy graduate from the National University of Singapore. He started to pursue filmmaking at New York University’s Tisch Asia, on a MDA scholarship. His first short film, For Two (2009), was in competition at the 66th Venice Film Festival and was rated by the International Film Guide as one of the Top 5 Singapore Films of that year. His latest short film Not Working Today is in competiton at this year’s Singapore International Film Festival.

Chinese director Xin Yukun’s debut feature film The Coffin in the Mountain has been selected for the Venice Critics Week section of the Venice Film Festival and received nominations for Best Screenplay and Best New Director at the 51st Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan.

Thai director Sivaroj Kongsakul directed his debut feature Eternity in 2010, which was supported by the Hubert Bals Fund and Busan’s Asian Cinema Fund. The film won the prestigious Tiger Award for Best Film at the 2011 Rotterdam International Film Festival.

Funded by Tianchang Investment, Guangxi Film Group and NICE Influence Cultural Investment Group, Distance stars Taiwanese actor Chen Bolin (Blue Gate Crossing; The Continent) in the lead role, the film explores the universal themes of love, family and friendship. This is also the first time Chen Bo Lin has taken on the challenge of playing three characters of diverse personalities and backgrounds in the same movie. Distance will begin principal photography in January 2015, filming in Singapore, Taiwan, China and Thailand.

Giraffe Pictures also announced a slate of other upcoming films – K Rajagopal’s long awaited debut feature, A Yellow Bird, selected at the Cannes L’Atelier in 2013. and Kirsten Tan’s debut feature Popeye, which won the top prize at the Torino Film Lab last month.

Singaporean director, K Rajagopal has won the Special Jury Prize at the Singapore International Film festival with I Can’t Sleep Tonight (1995), The Glare (1996) and Absence (1997). As a writer and filmmaker for over 15 years, his works offer unique interpretations of life, relationships and society. With a unique storyline, his latest feature A Yellow Bird will be a thought-provoking film investigating issues such as freedom and marginalisation.

Anthony said “Having experienced the struggles of a young filmmaker while making my first feature, it has always been my intention to set up a home to support young visionary filmmakers in the region. Asia is brimming with exciting filmmaking talent at the moment and we are hoping that Giraffe Pictures would provide the platform and opportunities for such emerging voices to be heard. We are stressing rigorous development on script, with a focus on quality over quantity, eventually building a brand that is synonymous to the best of Asian cinema.”

Wenhong said “Having worked in the Singapore media industry for 20 years, in television, radio, web and print, I see Giraffe Pictures as the beginning of an exciting new chapter as I move into film. From the previous experience of being involved in ILO ILO, we understand that it is indeed a very tough challenge for filmmakers to produce a quality movie with limited funds and resources. I share Anthony’s passion, ambition and vision in the possibilities and potential of Singapore and Asian cinema and I’m heartened that we found financing partners within and outside the region who believe in our cause. We hope to pass on what we have gained and learned from ILO ILO, to help talented Asian cinematic voices establish their foothold on the international stage.”

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新加坡导演陈哲艺成立长景路电影工作室!

中新泰名导合力打造情感电影巨制《距离》

2014年12月12日,新加坡导演陈哲艺在新加坡电影节举行发布会,宣布成立以亚洲为据点的“长景路电影工作室“,希望把新加坡和亚洲地区有潜力有热情的新导演和制作团队带到国际。他首次担任监制的电影《距离》也正式启航,并发布首款概念版海报。2015年度最值得期待的情感电影巨制《距离》影片由中国、新加坡、泰国三地最具潜力的新锐导演联合打造,台湾人气影星陈柏霖在片中大玩变身,一人独挑三个性格迥异的角色,更有多位重量级大腕加盟,精彩值得期待。

金马奖导演陈哲艺坐镇 中新泰三国新锐导演强强联手

电影《距离》由广西电影集团、天昌投资集团与新影响文化投资集团携手共同出品,汇集了全亚洲最具潜力的新锐青年导演团队:新加坡导演陈哲艺(电影处女作《爸妈不在家》连夺包括第66届戛纳电影节金摄影机奖在内的40多个国际奖项,并获得第50届金马奖最佳影片、最佳新导演等四项大奖、内地导演忻钰坤(作品《殡棺》获第51届金马奖两项提名)、新加坡导演陈世杰(作品《二人》入围第66届威尼斯电影节金狮短片竞赛)、泰国导演thai Sivaroj Kongsakul执导的短片《Always》和 《Silencio》在法国克莱蒙费朗短片电影节获奖,这也是中新泰三国导演首次联手跨国合作。

值得一提的是,四位导演全部是80后。80后的锐利视角、80后的张扬个性、80后的敏感神经,80后的新鲜观点激烈碰撞,将带领我们探索“情”的真理,解开“爱”的谜题,引爆亚洲文艺电影新气象!

“大仁哥”陈柏霖突破自我 上演“一个男人三台戏”

《蓝色大门》的青涩少年一路走来,陈柏霖逐渐成长为华语影坛兼具偶像气质与演技实力的中坚力量。继偶像剧《我可能不会爱你》中李大仁一角俘获万千少女心之后,陈柏霖近来又有《后会无期》《重返20岁》等多部重磅电影作品相继亮相。在电影《距离》中,他将上演“一个男人三台戏”,一人分饰性格迥异的三个角色。

穿越三地唯美情感大戏 亲情友情爱情纠缠上演

电影《距离》讲述了三个发生在不同地域又互有关联的情感故事。穿越中国、新加坡、泰国三地的唯美世界,亲情、友情、爱情三段人生大戏将在美好愿望和严酷现实中纠缠上演。人性晦暗而灿烂,情爱脆弱而伟大,责任沉重而轻浮,他们的心灵将受到前所未有的冲击和濯洗。他和他、他和她、他们和她们之间,能否跨越时空的阻隔和文化的天堑,让心灵的距离消弭于无形?80后的家庭观、友情观、爱情观将接受怎样的人性考验,幸福、责任该如何抉择?……影片设置了诸多情感谜团,等待观众去寻找答案。