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NOTICE OF FESTIVAL POSTPONEMENT (as of 10 Feb 2020):
We regret to inform you that the Middle East Film Festival 2020 will be postponed to later in the year due to the government advisory to defer non-essential events in response to the coronavirus situation. Patrons who have bought tickets will receive a full refund. We seek your kind understanding and thank you for your support of the festival. For any queries on refund or about the postponement, please write to: info@singaporefilmsociety.com

The highly-anticipated Middle East Film Festival (MEFF) returns in 2020 from 14-19 February at Golden Village VivoCity. Presented by the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore, with film curation and support by the Singapore Film Society, MEFF 2020 features 7 outstanding, award-winning films (all Singapore premieres!) from Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Algeria, Turkey, Israel and Morocco.

Advance sales begin from 30 January.

Tickets are $13 each, with concession for seniors aged 55 and above, students, NSFs at $10 each. Concession tickets are only available at any Golden Village box-office with proof of valid card.

SFS Film Addicts also enjoy a discounted price of $10 per ticket at any GV box-office!

 

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Opening Film: THE PERFECT CANDIDATE

14 Feb (Fri), 7:00pm (by invitation only)
19 Feb (Wed), 9:10pm (public ticketed session)
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dir. Haifaa Al-Mansour
2019 | Saudi Arabia | Drama | Arabic with English subtitles | 104 mins | PG

Oscars 2020 Official Submission – Saudi Arabia
Venice Film Festival 2019 – In Competition for Golden Lion

Maryam is an ambitious young doctor working in a small-town clinic in Saudi Arabia. After she is prevented from traveling to Dubai in search of a better job, a bureaucratic mix-up leads her to stumble upon the application for her local city elections, and she decides to run.

 

THE ORPHANAGE

14 Feb (Fri), 9.15pm
17 Feb (Mon), 7.00pm
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dir. Shahrbanoo Sadat
2019 | Afghanistan | Drama | Dari, Russian & Urdu with English subtitles | 90 mins | NC16 (Some Nudity)

Cannes Film Festival 2019 – Official Selection at Directors’ Fortnight

15-year-old Qodrat lives in the streets and sells cinema tickets on the black market. He is a big Bollywood fan and daydreams himself into some of his favourite movie scenes. One day, the police bring him to a Soviet orphanage. But in late 1980s Kabul, the political situation is changing.

A SON

15 Feb (Sat), 4.00pm
16 Feb (Sun), 1.30pm
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*Please note that the planned post-screening director’s Q&A will be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

dir. Mehdi Barsaoui
2019 | Tunisia | Drama | Arabic & French with English subtitles | 96 mins | PG13 (Some Coarse Language)

Venice Film Festival 2019 – Winner of Orrizonti Award for Best Actor

A holiday ends in disaster for Fares, Meriem and their 10-year-old son Aziz when the latter is accidentally shot in a terrorist ambush. His injury will change their lives as Aziz needs a liver transplant, which leads to the discovery of a long-buried secret.

PAPICHA

15 Feb (Sat), 6:45pm (with 15-min pre-screening cultural talk)
17 Feb (Mon), 9.15pm
Sales will commence once rating is confirmed

dir. Mounia Meddour
2019 | Algeria | Drama | Arabic & French with English subtitles | 108 mins | Rating TBA

Oscars 2020 Official Submission – Algeria
Cannes Film Festival 2019 – In Competition for Un Certain Regard Award

Nedjma, an 18-year-old student, refuses to let the tragic events of the Algerian Civil War keep her from experiencing a normal life. As the social climate becomes more conservative, she rejects the new bans set by the radicals and decides to fight for her freedom and independence by putting on a fashion show.

A TALE OF THREE SISTERS

15 Feb (Sat), 9.30pm
18 Feb (Tue), 6.50pm
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dir. Emin Alper
2019 | Turkey | Drama | Turkish with English subtitles | 107 mins | M18 (Sexual Scene & Some Coarse Language)

Istanbul International Film Festival 2019 – Winner of Golden Tulip, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Music & FIPRESCI Prize
Berlin International Film Festival 2019 – In Competition for Golden Bear

Three sisters Reyhan, Nurhan and Havva are reunited in the remote mountain village where they grew up with their father, after having lived as ‘besleme’ (foster child and maid) with their foster parents in the city. All three desire to return to the city as soon as possible, whether this might be achieved depends on their tactics of solidarity, competition, and on the decisions of the men around them.

THE DAY AFTER I’M GONE

16 Feb (Sun), 4.30pm
19 Feb (Wed), 7.00pm
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dir. Nimrod Eldar
2019 | Israel | Drama | Hebrew with English subtitles | 95 mins | PG13 (Some Coarse Language)

Jerusalem Film Festival 2019 – Nominated for Best Israeli Feature, Best Israeli First Film & Audience Award
Berlin International Film Festival 2019 – Best First Feature Award

Yoram, a 50-year-old veterinarian living in Tel-Aviv is forced to re-examine his relationship with his adolescent daughter Roni, after she wishes to end her life. He decides to take her on a journey to visit her mother’s family, a process of self and mutual discovery in a primordial desert land enveloping the Dead Sea.

THE UNKNOWN SAINT

16 Feb (Sun), 6.45pm
18 Feb (Tues), 9.15pm
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dir. Alaa Eddine Aljem
2019 | Morocco | Comedy/Crime | Darija with English subtitles | 100 mins | PG

Cannes Film Festival 2019 – In Competition for Camera d’Or & Critics’ Week Grand Prize

Before Amine is arrested, he digs a grave to bury the cash he has stolen. Years later, he is released from prison. However, a religious shrine honouring an unknown saint has been built directly over the place he buried his cash. With the loot now hidden in a holy place, retrieving it suddenly becomes much more complicated.

 

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