On the night of 23rd November, the 27th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) kicked off with a gala opening. The opening film was Dain Iskandar Said’s Indonesian urban fantasy neo-noir Interchange, with Gladys Ng’s short film The Pursuit of a Happy Human Life screened alongside it. F*** was at the Mastercard Theatres in Marina Bay Sands as the attendees graced the red carpet.

SGIFF Opening Gala (Photo: 27th SGIFF & Bonnie Yap)

The guest-of-honour was actress Michelle Yeoh, who was the recipient of the Cinema Legend award at last year’s edition of SGIFF. Earlier today, it was announced that Yeoh had joined the cast of CBS’ series Star Trek: Discovery. SGIFF chairman Mike Wiluan was there with his wife Laurie. George Tanasijevich, President and CEO of Marina Bay Sands and Gabriel Lim, CEO of Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) joined Yeoh on the red carpet.

Asian Premiere of 'Interchange' at the 27th SGIFF (Photo: 27th SGIFF, Bonnie Yap)

Also in attendance were director Said and the cast of Interchange, including Nandita Solomon, Nicholas Saputra, Iedil Putra, Prisia Nasution, Nadiya Nisaa, Alvin Wong and Chew Kin-wah. Local celebrities including actors Lim Yu-Beng, Gerald Chew, Felicia Chin and Ian Fang, and Singaporean filmmakers Royston Tan and Eric Khoo and Gladys Ng walked the red carpet too.

The 27th SGIFF runs from 23rd November to 4th December 2016. Please visit sgiff.com for more information and tickets.

– By Jedd Jong

– Photos: Jedd Jong, 27th SGIFF Bonnie Yap