JFF 2019: Hideho Urata Retrospective
January 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
This Retrospective will feature 4 Singapore short films shot by award-winning cinematographer Hideho URATA. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Hideho himself.
Originally from Japan, Hideho URATA is a Singapore-based Cinematographer and a Senior Cinematography Lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts. His recent collaboration with YEO Siew Hua on the film A Land Imagined won the Golden Leopard at the 2018 Locarno International Film Festival.
Singapore / 2017 / 20 min / Drama / Mandarin, Teochew and English with English Subtitles / PG
Dir. Nicole Midori WOODFORD
A woman, her son and her mother reside near a quarry named “Little Guilin” after a famous landmark in China. She pretends to be a buyer who views condominiums, stealing from each family that resides in them. Glimpsing the man-made quarry through different windows, her obsession culminates in an excursion to the heart of Little Guilin.
Singapore / 2016 / 12 min / Drama / English, Malay with English Subtitles / PG
Dir. K. Rajagopal
The film titled Race Course Road which is based on a true event, traces the construction of Singapore’s Race Course and the contribution of Indian labourers towards this; the interactions between the European, Malay and Indians on the site, pointing to the presence of multicultural, multi-ethnic groups in what is now known as Little India.
Singapore / 2017 / 19 min / Drama / Various dialects, Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles / PG
Dir. LIAO Jiekai
Ever since Jianxiong disappeared a few years ago due to his involvement in underground communist activities, Meifeng had been trying to move on in life without her lover. A visit to his family on Chinese New Year’s Eve brought back familiarity and stirred up unexpected tensions.
Singapore / 2015 / 13 min / Drama / Malay, English with English Subtitles / PG
Dir. BOO Junfeng
An elderly man travels to Singapore via the KTM express to look for an old flame whom he has lost contact with. Parting is one of seven short films in 7 Letters, an anthology commissioned in 2015 to commemorate Singapore’s 50th year of independence.
ABOUT HIDEHO URATA
Originally from Japan, Hideho URATA is a Singapore-based Cinematographer and a Senior Cinematography Lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts (Puttnam School of Film and Animation).
A graduate of New York University, Hideho began his career in the United States, where he worked as a camera operator for NYPD Blue, a four-time Golden Globe-winning television drama.
A feature film he lensed, Kamataki, won five awards at the 2005 Montréal World Film Festival, and the Crystal Bear-Special Mention at the 2006 Berlin International Film Festival. In 2009, he won Best Cinematography at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival and Best Visual Achievement at the New York Asian Film Festival for his work on The Clone Returns Home.
Hideho has collaborated with many Singaporean filmmakers. His most recent collaboration with YEO Siew Hua on the film A Land Imagined won the Golden Leopard at the 2018 Locarno International Film Festival and Best Asian Feature at the 2018 Singapore International Film Festival. On a personal level, Hideho won Best Cinematography at Valladolid International Film Festival and Achievement in Cinematography at Asia Pacific Screen Awards.