Singapore’s premier open-air cinema is back once again at Fort Canning Park for a week full of incredible movies paired with an indescribable atmosphere and picnic-like setting. This is perfect for families, friends and lovers, a can’t miss event for film lovers, featuring classics and modern films – the only and only recurring thread is simply that all of these movies are AMAZING! My top choices include Citizenfour, Shawshank Redemption & The Broken Circle Breakdown! Tickets are currently priced $27.80!
Here’s the film programme for this year.
14 August 2015 : Citizenfour
CITIZENFOUR is a real life thriller, unfolding by the minute, giving audiences unprecedented access to filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s encounters with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA).
In January 2013, Poitras (co-recipient of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service) was several years into making a film about surveillance in the post-9/11 era when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as “citizenfour” who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely sui generis in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes. Executive Produced by Steven Soderbergh.
15 August 2015: The Broken Circle Breakdown
Winner of the prestigous César award for Best Foreign Film, The Broken Circle Breakdown is an intensely moving portrait of a relationship from beginning to end, propelled by a soundtrack of foot-stomping bluegrass. This is a romantic melodrama of the highest order. Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight. She has her own tattoo shop and he plays the banjo in a bluegrass band. They bond over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out on and off stage but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is tested.
16 August 2015: Wall Street
Bud Fox is a Wall Street stockbroker in early 1980’s New York with a strong desire to get to the top. Working for his firm during the day, he spends his spare time working an on angle with the high-powered, ruthless broker Gordon Gekko. Fox soon finds himself swept into a world of fast money, fast women and morally questionable deals; something which is at odds with his family including his estranged blue-collared father.
This film has come to be seen as the archetypal portrayal of 1980’s excess and inspired a generation into the financial markets. Ironically, Wall Street was released just before the October, 1987 stock market crash.
17 August 2015: Walking Under Water
SINGAPORE PREMIERE – Walking Under Water is the fascinating story of a tribe of sea nomads that live on the sea and from the sea. They have no country, no form of documentation and no government. Immerse yourself in the magic of this underwater world and way of life, the beauty and simplicity of Walking Under Water flows with the easy lull of the night time tides and the tranquil sounds of the sea.
For centuries, they lived on the sea and from the sea. But the fishing industry and diving resorts make it difficult for them to survive. With his uncle Alexan, young Sari goes on his first fishing trip, an initiation into the adult world. A fantastic underwater documentary with beautiful imagery and a moving story. A true visual and aural cinematic experience.
We will be donating $1 from every film ticket to help the main character in the film “Sari” pursue an education.
18 August 2015: The Imitation Game
Nominated for 8 Academy Awards, The Imitation Game portrays the true story of the nail-biting race against time by Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, who are under immense pressure to crack the German Enigma code during the early years of WWII.
19 August 2015: The Two Escobars
Pablo Escobar was the wealthiest and most powerful drug kingpin in the world, ruling the Medellin Cartel with an iron fist. Andres Escobar was the biggest soccer star in Colombia. The two were not related, but their fates were inextricably – and fatally – intertwined. The Two Escobars is a riveting examination of the intersection of sports, crime, and politics.
For Colombians, soccer was far more than a game: their entire national identity rode on the success or failure of their team. This fast and furious documentary plays out on an ever-expanding canvas, painting a fascinating portrait of Pablo, Andres and Columbia during the grip of a violent, escalating civil war.
20 August 2015: While We’re Young
The latest film from Noah Baumbach, While We’re Young is a comedy starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as Josh and Cornelia, a childless New York married couple in their mid-forties. As their other friends all start having children, the couple gravitates toward a young hipster couple named Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried).
Josh (Stiller) is a filmmaker in the middle of a creative slump. But when approached by young couple Jamie and Darby after a class he teaches, Josh is swept away by their spontaneous, passionate way of living, and it’s not long before he and Cornelia are throwing over their old friends in order to spend time with these two beacons of Brooklyn cool. But will this new friendship be able to rise above the clash of generations?
21 August 2015: Virunga
irunga is an award winning documentary on a grand scale, befitting of the extraordinary place it depicts. More importantly, it is a remarkable portrait of a group of people, united in a common purpose and a critical reminder of the courage required to protect one of the rarest and extraordinary creatures that walk the earth. We are proud to screen this important film.
Nominated for an Academy Award and best documentary at the Tribecca Film Festval, from acclaimed director Orlando von Einsiedel and executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio, Virunga is a powerful combination of investigative journalism and nature documentary. An incredible true story of a group of a group of courageous people risking their lives to build a better future in a part of Africa that the world has forgotten and a gripping exposé of the realities of life in the Congo.
In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places on Earth and home to the planet’s last remaining mountain gorillas. In this wild, but enchanted environment, there is a small and embattled team of park rangers including an ex-child soldier turned ranger, a caretaker of orphan gorillas and a dedicated conservationist – protect this UNESCO world heritage site from armed militia, poachers and the dark forces struggling to control Congo’s rich natural resources. When the newly formed M23 rebel group declares war, a new conflict threatens the lives and stability of everyone and everything they’ve worked so hard to protect, with the filmmakers and the film’s participants caught in the crossfire.
22 August 2015: Shawshank Redemption
The Shawshank Redemption is one of those films that can send every other movie you have seen under its shadow. This movie is one of pure brilliance; a rare find that will uplift you every time you watch it. The Shawshank Redemption is a drama written and directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman.
Adapted from the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, the film tells the story of Andy Dufresne, a banker who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Prison for the murder of his wife and her lover despite his claims of innocence. During his time at the prison, he befriends a fellow inmate, Ellis Boyd Redding, and finds himself protected by the guards after the warden begins using him in his money laundering operation. The film has received multiple award nominations and outstanding reviews from critics for its acting, story, and realism.
23 August 2015: Rocky
Sylvester Stallone gives the best performance of his career in this classic 70’s film. With magnificent direction, great editing, a well-told story, and Stallone at his very best, Rocky is fantastic!
Rocky Balboa is a struggling Philadelphia boxer who is scorned by his gym’s owner, patronized by a loan shark and rebuffed by a shy ‘plain-Jane’, whose butcher brother keeps engineering a romantic match. Rocky would have remained in this rut had not heavyweight champion Apollo Creed come up with the Bicentennial gimmick to give a chance for a ‘nobody’ to become a ‘somebody’.