SGIFF sets Taiwan's "Panay" as opening film

Writer: Florey DM

A still from the movie "Panay".

28 Sep – Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) has recently announced that Taiwanese movie, "Panay", will be the opening film for the upcoming event.

"Panay", which carries the meaning "rice paddy", is co-directed by Cheng Yu-Chieh and Lekal Sumi. It is an inter-ethnic drama that features the languages Mandarin, Amis and Taiwanese.

The film won Audience Choice Award at the 2015 Taipei Film Festival, and will be making its international premiere at SGIFF this 26 November.

The heartwarming drama, starring singer-songwriter Ado' Kaliting Pacidal and award-winning actor Bokeh Kosang, tells the story of Panay, who quits her job and returns home to the Amis community Makutaay in Hualien County to take care of her ailing father. Amidst a journey of self-discovery and quest for her roots, she reconnects with her two children that she had left in the care of her father while she was working in the city.

The 26th SGIFF is a 10-day event that will take place across various venues in Singapore, including Marina Bay Sands, The Projector and Shaw Theatres Lido, from 26 November until 6 December 2015.

Ticket sales for SGIFF begin end of October.

Cinema Online, 28 September 2015