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MINDS Film Festival

What The Singapore Film Society (SFS), known to many for a long time for bringing a wide range of international movies to local audiences for the promotion of film appreciation, is using Cinema for a new kind of social awareness. Together with Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS), SFS is co-organising the first-ever festival of films with intellectual disability related themes.
When 29 July 2016 (Friday) - 6 August 2016 (Saturday)
Where Golden Village Grand (Great World City), Golden Village Plaza
Admission

$6 (General Public)

$5(SFS members with valid membership or reel card when presented at any GV box-office for respective screening venues)

Please head over the GV's website for ticketing : http://goo.gl/4CTIbT

 

The Singapore Film Society (SFS), known to many for a long time for bringing a wide range of international movies to local audiences for the promotion of film appreciation, is using Cinema for a new kind of social awareness.

Together with Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS), SFS is co-organising the first-ever festival of films with intellectual disability related themes.

British director Jane Gull will be in Singapore to present her new film, MY FERAL HEART, the Asian Premiere of which will open the Festival on 29th July. It stars Steven Brandon as a young man with Down’s Syndrome, who is brought to live in a care home after his elderly mother’s death, and who brings as well as finds new joy and meaning in life, to those around him and to himself. Mr Brandon has the same disability in real life.

A total of five films will be screened in the Festival. The opening and closing sessions will be at GV Grand, Great World City. All other sessions will be at GV Plaza Singapura. 

FILM SCHEDULE

MY FERAL HEART

Directed by Jane Gull, 2016, 83 minutes

This deeply moving, beautifully crafted film about an independent young man with Down’s syndrome, had its World Premiere in the United States in March this year, and its European Premiere at the Cannes Festival International Entr'2 Marches in May. We are delighted to be able to present its Asian Premiere as our Opening screening. Steve Brandon plays Luke, forced to live at Blossom House care home after his elderly mother dies. No longer able to enjoy the freedom to which he’s been accustomed, and initially unimpressed by his new housemates, he soon discovers a way out and begins to explore the surrounding countryside. Rescuing a young injured girl, forging an unlikely alliance with a youth gardener doing “community payback”, and gradually trusting his caregiver, Luke is the centre of a story that unfolds with nature as its backdrop, love as its fuel, and hope in humanity as its uplifting call. We salute Steven’s powerful performance, and also record our deepest gratitude to producer James Rumsey for all his help in making the film available to us, and of course director Jane Gull for gracing our Festival with her presence.

Screening Details:

29 July (Friday), 7PM @ GV Grand - Opening Night (By Invitation Only)

30 July (Saturday), 1.30PM @ GV Plaza

 

MONICA & DAVID

Directed by Alexandra Codina, 2009, 67 minutes

This moving documentary is the love story of two adults with Down’s syndrome, and the family who strives to support their needs. Monica and David are blissfully in love, and want what other adults so often take for granted – an independent life. Filled with humour, romance, and everyday family drama, MONICA & DAVID uses fly-on-the-wall footage to reveal the layers of complexity of their story. While the two protagonists are capable beyond expectations, their parents, afraid of mainstream rejection of adults with intellectual disabilities, have trouble letting go. Praised by Variety as “confidently directed, expertly edited”, the movie swept the Best Documentary Feature award at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival. Directed and produced by Monica’s cousin, first-time filmmaker Alexandra Codina, MONICA & DAVID is “….. a moving affair, a film that can inspire tears of joy in the first five minutes.” – Washington Post

Screening Details:

30 July (Saturday), 7PM @ GV Plaza

6 August (Saturday), 4.15PM @ GV Plaza

 

I AM SAM

Directed by Jessie Nelson, 2001, 134 minutes

Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer give career-defining performances in this humorous and heartwarming story about a man with developmental disability, who enlists the aid of a high-powered attorney to help him regain custody of his daughter. An all-star supporting cast (including the now-famous Dakota Fanning) and a spectacular soundtrack complete this unforgettable story of life, love and laughter. Good Morning America called it “a wonderful movie about the power of the human spirit”, while the Los Angeles Times described it as a “most inviting and accessible film that turns upon a mental condition that most people would prefer not to think about”. Sean Penn was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. 

Screening Details:

29 July (Friday) 4.15PM @ GV Plaza

 

THE LAWNMOWER MAN

Directed by Brett Leonard, 1992, 108 minutes

Probably the most socially thought-provoking science-fiction movie you will ever see, starring Pierce Brosnan (in his pre James Bond days) as a brilliant scientist obsessed with perfecting revolutionary new Virtual Reality software. Both discouraged and emboldened by the failure of his experiments on animals, he finds a slow-witted gardener whom he genuinely desires to help while aiming to ultimately benefit the whole world. But evil lurks, in the guise of “The Shop”, a covert group with malevolent intentions to create an invincible war machine. THE LAWNMOWER MAN has been acclaimed all over the world for its seminal portrayal of a Jekyll-and-Hyde-like struggle to regain one’s mind and preserve the future of mankind. Jeff Fahey is simply brilliant as the eponymous hero-victim. 

Screening Details:

5 August (Friday), 4.15PM @ GV Plaza

6 August (Saturday), 2.15PM @ GV Plaza

 

THE EIGHTH DAY (LE HUITIÈME JOUR)

Directed by Jaco Van Dormael, 1996, 123 minutes (French dialogue with English subtitles)

Harry is an aggressive salesman, run ragged by the rat race. Left by his frustrated wife and children, he has resigned himself to loneliness and despair. One night, driving recklessly down a country road, Harry hits a dog belonging to Georges, a man with Down’s syndrome, who has escaped from his care centre. Georges becomes loyal to the newfound friend he sees in the reluctant Harry, and shares with him his unique way of seeing the world. Despite their differences, the two forge an extraordinary friendship, and Harry gradually learns what is truly important in life. Roger Ebert, the legendary critic who spent part of his career with the Chicago Sun-Times and who never minced words if he did not think highly of a film, happily said he was “enchanted” by THE EIGHTH DAY. For the first time in history, the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival was shared by Pascal Duquenne (as Georges) and Daniel Auteuil (as Harry). 

Screening Details:

30 July (Saturday), 4.15PM @ GV Plaza

5 August (Friday), 7PM @ GV Plaza

Trailer here.