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National Museum of Singapore - Film Restoration School Asia


Fri Nov 22 2013, 9:30am–10:00pm

Where: Gallery Theatre, National Musem, 93 Stamford Road, Museum, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

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  • Admission: Free


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National Museum of Singapore - Film Restoration School Asia

Film Restoration School Asia is the first Asian edition of the world-renowned Film Restoration Summer School. Hosted by the National Museum of Singapore in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, L’Immagine Ritrovata and Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation, the six-day programme provides film preservation and restoration training through screenings, lectures and practical hands-on lessons.
As part of the National Museum of Singapore Cinémathèque’s efforts to generate greater awareness about film restoration and preservation, selected lectures, talks and screenings of restored films will be opened to the public, conducted by film preservation and restoration experts from around the world.

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The Presentation of Restored Films
Speakers: Séverine Wemaere (Technicolor Foundation for Cinema Heritage), Gilles Duval (MEMORY Cinéma Association), Cecilia Cenciarelli (World Cinema Foundation) & Gian Luca Farinelli (Cineteca di Bologna)
Fri 22 Nov 2013 | 9.30am – 11am

The existence of platforms for the presentation of restored films – ranging from regular year-round programming at cinémathèques and film institutes to special film festivals – is crucial for the sustainability of film restoration activities. In this lecture, Séverine Wemaere and Gilles Duval will share their experience organising the MEMORY! International Film Heritage Festival, which had its premiere in Asia this year in Phnom Penh. Gian Luca Farinelli and Cecilia Cenciarelli will share with us the history of Il Cinema Ritrovato, an annual film festival held in Bologna since 1986 and is dedicated to the rediscovery of unknown and rarely seen films.

Film Screening
Friday 22 November 2013 | 8pm – 10pm

The Boat House
Director: His Royal Highness Prince Panupanyugala and Neramit
1961 / Thailand / 125 min / 35 mm / PG
In Thai with English subtitles

The Boat House is a Thai classic about three best friends, Jen, Kaew and Rin, who all fall in love with the same girl, Pehn. The four live together in a boat house rented from Pehn's father, who wishes for Pehn to marry Jen. Jen graduates and becomes a police officer while Rin becomes a singer, and Kaew, a boxer. On a rainy night, Pehn agrees to be Kaew's wife, but a twist of fate forces her to marry another wealthy man. The best friends find themselves together again when Jen, now a police officer, is ordered to arrest Kaew, much to Pehn’s despair. Will Jen follow the law or his heart for the woman he loves?

Filmed in Cinemascope and vivid Technicolor by the directors, His Royal Highness Prince Panupanyugala and Neramit, The Boat House is long considered a landmark in Thai Cinema. Dubbed “The Prince of Celluloid”, Prince Panupanyugala was instrumental in advancing filmmaking in post-war Thailand by pushing for innovations and grooming new talents. The film is a co-production between the famed Shaw Brothers Studio in Hong Kong and the Asuwin Film Production Company owned by the Prince’s uncle, Prince Chatrichalerm Yukol, who is also an esteemed film director. The co-production showcases the stunning natural beauty of Thailand, depicted in the scenes that span from Chiang Mai to Hua Hin in the South and the historic town of Lopburi, north of Bangkok. The Boat House remains etched in the popular consciousness of Thais to this day. Its timeless storyline is complemented by popular tunes, especially the title theme, that are known to the young and the old alike.

- Image courtesy of Thai Film Archive-