SINGAPORE 18 June 2015 – Tony Manero, the first of a trilogy of films by acclaimed Chilean director, Pablo Larraín and A German Youth by Jean-Gabriel Périot will be withdrawn from The O.P.E.N. due to edits required by the Media Development Authority. The films were scheduled for screening on 20 June 2015 (Tony Manero), 24 & 27 June 2015 (A German Youth) respectively.
The organisers extend its sincere apologies to O.P.E.N. Pass holders who have registered to view these two movies, and will be contacting each registrant. The remaining two movies by Pablo Larraín – Post Mortem and NO, as well as the remaining 10 films, of which six are premiering the first time in Singapore, are not affected.
The two screenings of A German Youth will be replaced by additional screenings of Pablo Larraín’s Post Mortem on Wed 24 June at 7.30 pm and João Pedro Rodrigues & João Rui Guerra da Mata’s The Last Time I Saw Macaoon Sat 27 June at 3 pm.
There will be no replacement screening for Tony Manero.
Mr Ong Keng Sen, Festival Director, Singapore International Festival of Arts said, “Under the Films Act, all films and videos distributed and exhibited in Singapore have to be submitted for classification and certification by the Media Development Authority. We were informed yesterday that the filmsTony Manero and A German Youth each require an edit to a scene with sexual and mature content respectively, before it can be publicly screened.
We do not support the edit of Tony Manero as the scene is, in our opinion, necessary in the context of the film. Tony Manero deals with the debilitation of human relationships under Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile. The violence and decadence in the dictatorship became imprinted on interpersonal relationships between citizens. This is the painful traumatic essence of the film. With A German Youth, we do not support the edit as the objectionable scene contains general knowledge which is immediately and readily accessible on the internet in text, images and video.
Singapore International Festival of Arts believes in respecting the integrity of the director's vision and craft. We will not screen a film with edits. Sadly our audience will have to see these films abroad.
We extend our sincerest apologies to those who are looking forward to the screening and will be reaching out to each of them. Thank you.”
For further enquiries, contact:
Eileen Chua / Christina Stanley
Ogilvy Public Relations, Singapore
+65 9048 3141 / +65 9835 3500
Noorlinah Mohamed / Malvina Tan
Singapore International Festival of Arts