The Marina Bay Sands will once again be the go-to destination for red-carpet events at this week’s Singapore International Film Festival.
The resort is hosting movie premieres, talks and masterclasses with filmmakers, producers and actors tomorrow (November 23) to December 3.
Christopher Doyle, the acclaimed cinematographer of “In the Mood for Love” (2000) and “2046” (2004) and revered Japanese actor Koji Yakusho of “Shall We Dance” (1996) and “Memoirs of a Geisha” (2005) are among guests attending festival events held at the Sands.
So is Shekhar Kapur, who directed the multiple-Oscar-nominated film “Elizabeth” (1998) and its sequel, “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (2007).
In addition to Yakusho, the 11-day festival is also drawing more big names in Japanese cinema, including actress Shinobu Terajima, who stars in “Oh Lucy!” – one of the festival’s Special Presentations.
Male stars in attendance will include Takumi Saitoh, who will show his feature-directing debut, “Blank 13”, and Joe Odagiri, who has the lead in “The White Girl”, another Special Presentation.
Marina Bay Sands global ambassador David Beckham has been invited to attend the Benefit Dinner on November 25 at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre.
As part of “ArtScience on Screen: In Conversation”, the resort and festival will host seven dialogue sessions and masterclasses led by industry insiders between November 24 and December 2 at the ArtScience Museum.
Through the resort’s CSR programme Sands for Singapore, it provides opportunities for youth and other beneficiaries to gain insights into the world of film, art and culture through the eyes of leading experts and celebrities.
This year’s speakers include Kapur, Yakusho, “The Song of Scorpions” director Anup Singh and star Waheeda Rehman, “The White Girl” directors and stars Odagiri, Doyle, Jenny Suen, Angela Yuen and Tony Wu, “Oh Lucy” director Atsuko Hiranayagi and star Terajima, Hong Kong director Clara Law and producer Philip Lee, who worked on Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”.
The festival’s other venues include Shaw Theatres Lido, National Museum, National Gallery, the Arts House, Filmgarde Bugis+, Objectifs and Scape.