Aki and Nodoka are childhood friends who are drifting apart as adults. Immersed in her family life, Nodoka now has a husband and daughter; Aki, on the other hand remains single and is on leave from work due to personal crisis. The plot might sound familiar, but it has never been told like this. The director Kusano Natsuka stages the interactions through an actors' table-read and, as the lines are repeated, the scenes gradually develop into an on-location friendship and family, a line left out or added in unsettles and reminds us life can take unexpected turns.
Singular Screens, the film programme curated by the Asian Film Archive (AFA) for Singapore International Festival of Arts 2019 (SIFA), features an international selection of Singapore premieres celebrating independent and singular visions from Singapore and around the world. Valuing the ingenious and the risk-taking in cinema, Singular Screens is diverse in representation and bold in putting together its palette of cinematic adventures. Screenings will be held at the Screening Room at SIFA’s Festival House and Oldham Theatre.