WATHANN FILM FESTIVAL #9 (4th-9th Sept 2019)
Wathann Film Festival #9
Pyar Pyar Nyo Yaung Maing Ta-lei-lei (Cobalt Blue)
(Short Film, 27min, 2019)
Directed by Aung Phyoe
CAST : May Paing Soe, Arr Koe Yar, Win Htet, Aung Khine Myo
Synopsis : Yangon, 1998. The film takes place on one evening at the government housing apartment by the railroad where a boy and his mother waiting for the return of the father, a civil servant, to move out another town at Upper Burma. In the last evening, the boy tries to understand the complexities of adult relations.
၂၀၁၉ ခုႏွစ္ ဝႆန္႐ုပ္ရွင္ပ ြဲေတာ္၏ ၿပိဳင္ပ ြဲဝင္က႑အတ ြက္ ႐ုပ္ရွင္ကား ၁၂ ကားကိုေရ ြးခ်ယ္ထားပါတယ္။
12 short films has been selected for official competition section of the Wathann Film Festival #9
Acceptance (အိပ္တန္းျပန္ငွက္) The Art Without Boundries Behind (ေနာက္က ြယ္)
Director - Nyi Zaw Htwe Director - Min Koon Director - Si Thu Kyaw
Running Time - 15 Min 00 Sec Running Time - 17 Min 00 Sec Running Time - 10 Min 3 Sec
Between (ၾကား) 1\4 Wasted Fragile (က ြဲျေက)
Director - Than Lwin Oo Director - Myo Thar Khin Director - Aung Ko
Running Time - 7 Min 37 Sec Running Time - 17 Min 30 Sec Running Time - 13 Min 12 Sec
Sick (လူနာ) Por Oo Htoon's Father Lost Boy
Director - Zaw Bo Bo Hein Director - Moore Thit Sett Htoon Director - Shin Thandar
Running Time - 26 Min 37 Sec Running Time - 22 Min 36 Sec Running Time - 14 Min 54 Sec
Going Home (အိမ္အျပန္) No Country For Women Opium Farmer
Director - Chit Moe Pio Director - Seng Mai Director - Su Su Hlaing
Running Time - 18 Min 5 Sec Running Time - 10 Min 00 Sec Running Time - 20 Min 56 Sec
S-Express 2019 BRUNEI
Nurain Abdullah Bio: A producer based in Brunei Darussalam Programmer note : An hors d’oeuvres to Brunei’s filmmaking scene.
A Letter From France by Hanifi Juffri Alice in Wonderland Syndrome Hamster Wheel by Azeez Danial / 2018 / 6min
/ 2017 / 3min
A terminally-ill man in France who writes a by Dk Nur Nadirah Pg Damit / 2019 Struggling to deal with his break up Rahim
letter to his friend in Brunei, reminiscing / 5min undergoes an unlikely experience having to keep
about the time they spent exploring the A young girl named Estelle suffered killing look-alikes of himself in the process of
Abode of Peace from a lot of stress leading her to moving on.
experienced 'Alice in Wonderland Syndrome' (AIWS).
Hilang by Harlif Mohamad & Farid Azlan Langkah by Aaqil Ahmad / 2019 / 6min Masa by Aznniel Yunos / 2015 / 9min
Ghani / 2010 / 20min An aspiring swimmer working an office job A reflection on the existence of time and
Pemukun, a traditional performer doubts her career when she meets a familiar predestination.
reconnects with his peers for the probably face who is living hers. last chance to perform Mukun
mysteriously their argument led to an endless loop of an ordinary life, started a night shift that psychological play triggered a dark premonition during one of his delivery orders.
S-Express 2019 CAMBODIA
Park Sungho. A festival programmer and film producer based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia Programmer Note : All extraordinary short films that will amuze the audience as it's a fruitful year in Cambodia
A Million Years February Wind by Danech SAN / 2018 / 20min by MONY Kann Darung / 2018 / 20min
A couple escapes to a quite A long distanced couple tries riverfront where time and space to mingle and to save their romantic flow along with the river relationship
Sons of April The Darkness by Robin VERET / 2018 / 15min by Lim HENG / 2018 / 3min
Under the extreme regime, A self-reflected conversation a father needs to find a way to light up and to prove to save the lives of his family one's existance in the darkness.
S-Express 2019 INDONESIA
Fransiska Prihadi. Program director of MINIKINO, an international short film festival organization based in Bali-Indonesia.
Programme Note : All the selected films this year coincidentally express deeper than misunderstood characters, they're a reflection of human mind complexity.
Insanely Infatuated With Someone Or Those Silence That Kills You and Me At The Most Inappropriate Time by Ismail Basbeth / 2018 / 13min 42secby Nirartha Bas Diwangkara / 2019 / 15min 55sec Ali, 19 years old, has no family and friends except loneliness
A 14 year-old girl is facing her sexual awakening and which ends up terrorizing him and his surroundings.the natural impulses lead her to physical attraction towards her schizophrenic uncle while at the same time her young mind desiresthe popular boy in her class. Llop Mougn Muslimah by Oktivani Anggia Rachmalitta / 2018 / 4min 2sec by Nur Wulandari / 2018 / 6min 16sec A girl drifts in her imagination and dream wishing Throughout her life, Wulan has come to understand that there to find a certainty within herself. are multiple interpretations of Islam and women in Islam; every Muslim woman should be able to make her own choices when it comes to interpreting Islam. One of Those Murder Roti by Jerry Hadiprojo / 2019 / 10min 37sec by Kiki Febriyanti / 2018 / 30min
Two janitors found a body of a dead woman. Menstruation is still taboo. When she feels awkward to buy But in this digital age, priority flexed. "bread", misunderstanding happens... Life of Death by Jason Kiantoro, Bryan Arfiandy / 2018 / 5min 23secDeath, while struggling to balance his work and family life,talks about his existence, his job, and his opinions on humanbeings in an interview from the documentary ‘Life of Death'.
S-Express 2019 LAOS
Helene Ouvrard. A festival programmer based in Vientiane, Lao PDR
Programmer Note : Music and dance as the red thread of people's life experiencesPlease don't tell me how to be perfect Melody of change by Sophie Vongkhamsao / 2016 / 2’ by Ka Xiong / 2018 / 16'30
A young woman stands up to bullying Hongfa, a mysterious and beautiful young woman through dance arrives in a Khmu and Hmong village in Northern Laos and becomes trapped between the two cultures. In her efforts to bring the villagers together through their music, she creates a melody of change. Music saves my soul by Xaisongkham Induangchanthy / 2019 / 28'43
“Music Saves My Soul” is a portrait of a Lao traditionalsinger, Khamlek, in her 60s. Illiterate until she wasaround 50, Khamlek was profoundly drawn to a traditionalsinging style of Luang Prabang known as “Khap Thoum,Arn Nungseu (literally ‘book reading’) since she was a child,as a way to escape from her predatory stepfather. Shelearned all songs by heart and has been performing for aliving ever since. Her humdrum life is marked by twodivorces and an abandonment by her older sons. It is musicthat makes all these bearable, now that she works as a cleanerby day and moonlights as a performer by night.
S-Express 2019 MALAYSIA
Yow Chong Lee. He teaches film to feed himself. Together with his colleagues and students, they run Mini Film Festival in Sarawak, Malaysia.
Programmer Note : Out of many films made recently, these films could potentially serve the taste of today's cinematic experience in Malaysia.
Blind Mouth Aku Mau Skola/ I Want to Go to Schoolby Chris Leong / 2017/ 16 by Putri Purnama Sugua / 2018 / 21A father and his daugther; In a baking hot shack with a leaky roof, a secret and the future of their nation. over 70 stateless children squeeze in daily to study under the guidance of their teacher, Rujiah Sami. Block A-2-15by Jun Yap Won / 2018 / 15
The first day of a new tenant,Kai, who had just rented a roomin a sub divided unit in Kuala Lumpur.
S-Express 2019 PHILIPPNES
Francis Oggs Cruz. Francis has served as member and jury alike in local and international film festival. In the meantime, he writes about cinema for various publications.
Programmer’s Notes: The goal is to have the audience engage in the memories of others, be thrust in the harshness of reality, observe pain from above, and to escape, knowing fully well that the common denominator of all varied experiences is youth.
Baguio Address No. 10 Siyudad sa Bulawan (City of Gold)
Running Time: 14:50 Running Time: 15:15
Director: Mervine Aquino Director: Jarell Sarencio
The filmmaker and his mother recount memories Three young brothers needing cash take a jobof their old homes and the family’s repetitive in the gold mines of Mt. Diwalwal amidst experiences of packing (and unpacking), moving, a life threatening reality.and accumulating things over the years. They try toimagine and describe a “dream house” and await thepossibility of owning a house in the future. Aliens Ata (Maybe Aliens) Fireflies
Running Time: 7:07 Running Time:
Director: Glenn Barit Director: Robin Estargo
Description: Two young brothers deal with the sudden loss Description: A synesthetic musical short feature film aboutof their father. Their Overseas-Filipino-Worker mother goes a friendship strongly fueled by Filipino music, young ambition, and back home for the funeral but will soon had to depart for work Manila nightlife, as three friends on the edge of adolescence again. For kids, some things are hard to grasp that's why they discover their unique struggles amidst past and present look at the sky for answers. Could it be aliens? circumstances that motivate them to produce, sing, and dance to songs of heartache and loneliness.
S-Express 2019 SINGAPORE
Film programmer at Singapore International Film Festival and Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film
Programmer Note : The purpose of life is explored in these diverse stories coming out from Singapore.
My Lady M by Tingerine Liu / 30 min You Idiot by Kris Ong / 11 minSpend a day meeting the Chinese millennials who share a love Roaming the streets one night, Darren and Matt of cakes at Lady M, a New York institution. Meander through write a song about what’s to come in their happy-go-lucky world.their slice-of-life vignettes and dreams of varying flavors,as they navigate the Big Apple.
Chasing Paper by Shoki Lin / 17 min A Dance for Ren Hang by Lei Yuan Bin and Sara Tan / 9 min
A mother who has recently lost her job finds herself working as Dancers reenact images by provocative Chinese photographer Ren Hang, a cleaner in her daughter’s high school during the exam period. known for capturing his struggles with depression, in this collaboration In an attempt to salvage their broken relationship, the mother between filmmaker Lei Yuan Bin and dancer Sara Tan.tries to assist her struggling daughter by helping her cheat inthe exams.
S-Express 2019 THAILAND
Programmer S-Express Thailand: Sanchai Chotirosseranee. The programmer of Thai Short Film and Video Festival.
Curated by Thai Short Film and Video Festival These three awarded shorts from Thai Short Film and Video Festival usher audiences to the limitless boundaries of cinema.
A Room with a Coconut View 2018 / 28.21 min The Sea Recall 2018 / 26.53 minDirector : Tulapop Saenjaroe Director: Aekaphong Saransate
Synopsis: An automated voice app called 'Kanya' guides Sysnopsis: Back in 2016, Mr. Krit Saranset and his wife had been a foreign tourist named 'Alex' through a beach town Bang Saen. murdered with the M16 rifle in their house. His nephew has returnedLater, Alex decides to explore the town by himself, fantasizing his to observe and recall his uncle through the wave sounds of Samila own out-of-the-box journey Beach.
Superbarbara: The Beginning 2017 / 10.19 min Director: Boonsri Tangtrongsin
Synopsis: After an inflatable doll (Barbara) has been abused and abandoned, she decides to no longer be a victim. To no longer be what she is created for. She is Superbarbara. We follow her journey to save the world, populated by easily manipulated beings that have totally lost control over their lives
S-Express 2019 VIETNAM
Marcus. A programmer and filmmaker based in Vietnam, festival director of YxineFF (2010-2014)Progammer Note : These three awarded shorts from Thai Short Film and Video Festival usher audiences to the limitless boundaries of cinema. Dear Ly by Nguyen Hong Quan / 2019 / 11:21 Cold Fish by Thanh Doan / 2018 / 16:39
A father who lives in Brussels chats with his little daughter Three young millennials share an apartment in Ho Chi Min Cityin Hanoi via skype. He tells her a version of "The Little Prince" but are busy with their own lonely small worlds, like the fishes in that reveals his relationship with his own father and recalls a tank.contemporary European history. Surrounded by Bui Binh Duong / 2018 / 12:26 The Mute by Pham Thien An / 2018 / 15:11
A highschool boy and son to a sacristan of a Catholic A bride-to-be experiences her last night as a community in Northern Vietnam faces an invisible wall bachelorette in heavy rainy Saigon.separating him with social life. First Taste by Nguyen Duy Anh / 2018 / 3:38
A tasty joke on the restrictions of smoking scenesin films recently introduced in Vietnam.