Award-winning Burmese filmmaker Midi Z presented his new movie Nina Wu at the 30th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), joined by female leads Wu Ke-Xi and Hsia Yu-Chiao.
One of three Special Presentation films at SGIFF, Nina Wu is a timely exploration of the dangerous games played in the media industry.
The gripping psychological thriller follows the journey of a bit-part actress as she struggles to endure the abuse and trauma that come with her first lead role on-screen. Title character Nina Wu’s quarry for fame leads to a surmountuous battle with her sanity, punctured by a terrorising and fractured soundscape and visual throbbing of desperation.
Penned by Wu Ke-Xi in collaboration with Midi Z, the film was inspired by Harvey Weinstein’s scandal and the #MeToo movement. It also acts as an emblem of Wu’s fight for gender equality in a male-dominated industry.
At its Singapore premiere, the team were joined by local music talents Ng Meiting and Ruth Kueo, as well as celebrities Andee Chua, Hugo Liu, Michelle Wong and Ong Shu-an.
A paragon of Singapore’s arts and cultural scene, the 30th SGIFF continues to be a discovery ground and champion of independent cinema in the region.
SGIFF will run from November 21 to December 1, across multiple festival venues.