Reel Asian co-presents 881 (木瓜姐妹), opening gala of the 5th Toronto Singapore Film Festival, on July 16 at 7:00 PM
The Toronto Singapore Film Festival kicks off its fifth year with a gala presentation at the Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles Av) of Royston Tan (陈子谦)‘s exuberant movie musical 881 (aka 881: The Papaya Sisters, 木瓜姐妹). The top-grossing film in Singapore the year it came out, the film has charmed festival audiences from Pusan to Rotterdam to San Francisco. Reel Asian is pleased to be co-presenting this fun film as the opening night gala.
Dir: Royston Tan (陈子谦) | Singapore 2007 | 115min | In Mandarin, Hokkien, English & Cantonese with English subtitles
7:00 PM | Friday, July 16 | Revue Cinema | 400 Roncesvalles Avenue
$15 ($12 students/seniors) | Buy tickets online | Official website
881 is a story about two sisters’ journey to fulfill their dreams as successful getai singers. With the help of a supportive team of friends and family – and a little magic – the Papaya Sisters (the film’s title is pronounced ba ba yao in Mandarin) race against time to achieve their goal. But will their jealous arch-rivals, the Durian Sisters, thwart their hard-earned success? A flamboyant musical with a touching story, this film is set in Singapore’s unique getai world. In this genre, temporary staged performances are held annually in the month of the Hungry Ghosts. Performed for the spirits that are thought to roam the earth at that time, getai is an unusually high-spirited and colourful kind of folk performance that contrasts with the more solemn music that is usually presented at that time.
The festival moves to Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Av @ St. George) for its second and final day. A shorts programme co-presented by the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival screens at 4:00 PM, followed by Kelvin Tong (唐永健)‘s feature-length film Rule #1 (第一诫) at 7:00 PM. The first regional co-presentation between Singapore and Hong Kong, this thriller starts out as a police procedural before edging into decidedly more ghostly territory. A wide assortment of ticket and pass options are available now through UofTtix and a 10% earlybird discount applies until July 12, so be sure to get your tickets today!