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Fade In/Fade Out: Pontianak Gua Musang

When:

Sat Oct 14 2017, 4:00pm–6:00pm

Where: Woodlands Regional Library, 900 South Woodlands Drive, Woodlands, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: natashabmt

Brought to you by National Library Board and Asian Film Archive.

Journey with us through fantastic worlds of Asian films from the 1960s–2000s in this series of Fade In / Fade Out. From the absurd and laughable to the bizarre and downright grotesque, these stories reflect the power of the human imagination when fears and desires take the form of superstition, deities, mythical creatures and the supernatural.

Admission is free and no registration is required. Seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis. House will open 30 min before the screening time.

Director B. Narayan Rao
Cast: Suraya Haron, Malik Selamat, Ghazali Sumantri, Umi Kalthum

Rohani and Halimah are relatives who both fall in love with the same man, Amran, who eventually chooses to be with Rohani. Driven by jealousy, Halimah plots to kill the pregnant Rohani, who dies after giving birth to a baby girl. The baby, Comel, grows up to resemble her mother, leading Halimah to believe that Comel is the reincarnation of Rohani, out to seek vengeance.

Based on Southeast Asian folklore, the Pontianak is a vampiric ghost of a woman who had tragically perished during childbirth. The spirit takes form of a beautiful woman who entices her victims before turning into a ghastly creature and attacking them.

Pontianak Gua Musang is the last of B. N. Rao’s Singapore-made Pontianak films following the peak of Malay horror cinema in the 1950s. Shot on a low budget, the use of trick photography, makeup and humour became unique signifiers to the genre.

From the Asian Film Archive Collection
Courtesy of Cathay-Keris Films Pte Ltd

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