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The Middle East Film Festival (MEFF) 2019 returns from 10-16 January at Golden Village VivoCity. Presented by the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore, and supported by the Singapore Film Society, MEFF 2019 features 7 outstanding films (of which 6 are Singapore premieres) from Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, Israel, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkey.

Here are some highlights of the festival:

THE INSULT
Thu 10 Jan, 7.00pm (by invitation only)
Mon 14 Jan, 9.15pm

Dir. Ziad Doueiri
2017 | Lebanon | Drama/Thriller | 113 mins | Arabic with English subtitles
PG13 (Some Coarse Language)

In today’s Beirut, an insult blown out of proportion finds Toni, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee, in court. From secret wounds to traumatic revelations, the media circus surrounding the case puts Lebanon through a social explosion, forcing Toni and Yasser to reconsider their lives and prejudices.

Awards:

  • Winner – Best Actor (Venice Film Festival 2017)
  • Nominee – Best Foreign Language Film (Academy Awards 2018)

WAJIB
Fri 11 Jan, 6.50pm (with post-screening dialogue)
Sat 12 Jan, 4.20pm (with post-screening dialogue)

Dir. Annemarie Jacir
2017 | Palestine | Drama/Comedy | 96 mins | Arabic with English subtitles
NC16 (Some Coarse Language)

Abu Shadi is a divorced father and a school teacher living in Nazareth, whose daughter is getting married. Shadi, his architect son, arrives from Rome after years abroad to help his father in hand delivering the wedding invitations to each guest as per local Palestinian custom. As the estranged pair spends the day together, the tense details of their relationship come to a head challenging their fragile and very different lives.

Awards:

  • Winner – Special Prize for Best Film (Locarno International Film Festival 2017)

AVA
Sat 12 Jan, 9.15pm
Tue 15 Jan, 7.00pm

Dir. Sadaf Foroughi
2017 | Iran | Drama | 102 mins | Persian with English subtitles
PG13 (Some Coarse Language)

Ava’s life has been dictated by rules. Coming of age in Iran, she faces the pressure to conform to the expectations of her parents, school and friends. When Ava learns that her parents were once flagrant rule breakers themselves, she begins to rebel against the very foundations of her society.

Awards:

  • Winner – Honourable Mention for Best Canadian First Feature Film & FIPRESCI International Critics’ Award (Toronto International Film Festival 2017)

THE WILD PEAR TREE
Sun 13 Jan, 6.50pm
Wed 16 Jan, 6.30pm

Dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan
2018 | Turkey | Drama | 188 mins | Turkish with English subtitles
PG13 (Some Coarse Language)

Sinan is passionate about literature and has always wanted to be a writer. Returning to the village where he was born, he pours his heart and soul into scraping together the money he needs to be published, but his father’s debts catch up with him. From the Cannes Palme d’Or-winning director of Winter Sleep and Once Upon a Time in Anatolia.

Awards:

  • Nominee – Palme d’Or (Cannes Film Festival 2018)

 

 

Tickets are available for purchase at any GV box-office or online at GV’s website from 27 Dec.

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Concessions for students, NSFs and senior citizens aged 55 and above are also available at any GV box-office.

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