Film Screening: YEAR WITHOUT A SUMMER
The Asian Film Archive and The Arts House Present: Year Without A Summer
by Tan Chui Mui
A debut screening in Singapore
The Screening Room, The Arts House (1 Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429)
23 April 2013 (Tuesday), 730pm
$15 per ticket
Tickets for sale at The Arts House or online http://www.bytes.sg/
YEAR WITHOUT A SUMMER | 2010 | MALAYSIA | 90 MINUTES | MALAY WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | TAN CHUI MUI | RATING TBC
With the moonlight as a backdrop, old friends Azam and Ali look back on their childhood. Returning to the coastal village that he was so eager to flee as a child, Azam, now a successful musician reconnects with his friend Ali. Together with Ali's spirited wife, Minah, the three embark on a lengthy night time fishing expedition and tiptoe around the reasons for Azam's long absence. Minah's demonstration of holding her breath underwater leads to Azam's going underwater too and this triggers a retrospective look at the childhood days of the two friends.
Shot in the Malaysian village where the director was born, this film weaves myths and stories through the main character. It captures the reminisces of childhood friends while portraying the themes of patience and desire, intertwining fantasy and reality, past and present.
BIOGRAPHY | FILMMAKER, TAN CHUI MUI
has worked as a columnist for local newspapers and magazines. She directed some short films before making her feature debut Love Conquers All
in 2006 that won the Tiger Award at the 36th International Film Festival Rotterdam. Her second feature, Year Without A Summer
was awarded the Special Mention (Cinema of the Future)
at the 13th Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema.
Special thanks to Tan Chui Mui and Da Huang Pictures for supporting this screening.