5 films to catch at Painting with Light

5 films to catch at Painting with Light

If you are looking to switch up your Netflix routine, don’t miss National Gallery Singapore’s annual film festival dedicated to films on artistic practices, institutions of art, and moments in art history, Painting with Light: Festival of International Films on Art.

The festival, which runs until 25 Jul, showcases more than 50 films about art, including award-winning works as well as local and international premieres. You can enjoy the films from home via online screenings or catch them in person at the Gallery. The festival programme also offers on-site dialogues with filmmakers about their artistic practice.

Here are five films to catch at the festival:

Film still from Cunningham by Alla Kovgan painting with light


Immerse yourself in this 3D film by Russian filmmaker Alla Kovgan, which follows the artistic evolution of renowned choreographer Merce Cunningham over three decades. The film explores the way Cunningham experimented with television, video, computers, and motion capture. It is screened at the Gallery’s Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium on 10 and 16 Jul. Learn more about Cunningham here.

Film still from Serendipity by Prune Nourry painting with light


Catch a film under the night sky at the Gallery’s Supreme Court Terrace with the screening of this self-directed film by French-born artist Prune Nourry. The first-person documentary offers an intimate look at her battle with breast cancer, and how she translates her pain into art. The film plays on 23 and 24 Jul at the Gallery and it is also available online until 25 Jul. Learn more about Serendipity here.

Film still from Talking the Pictures by Suo Masayuki (Copyright - Photographed by Kazuyoshi Shimomura) painting with light

Talking The Pictures / Katsuben!

If you are looking for something light-hearted, don’t miss this coming-of-age comedy by Japanese director and screenwriter Suo Masayuki. The film follows the adventures of a young man who dreams of getting into the movie industry as a narrator for silent movies, also known as katsudo shashin benshi. A love letter to cinema of yore in Japan, the film is presented in Japanese with English subtitles. It is screened at the Supreme Court Terrace on 2 and 3 Jul and available online until 25 Jul.Learn more about Talking The Pictures here.

Film still from The Never Ending Factory of the Duomo by Massimo D’Anofi and Martina Parenti painting with light

The Never Ending Factory of the Duomo /  L’infinita Fabbrica Del Duomo

Glimpse the painstaking care that goes into upkeeping a historic building in this documentary by Massimo D’Anolfi and Martina Parenti. The film offers a behind-the-scenes look at the maintenance of the Milan Cathedral, and shows how the preservation work is an ode to craftsmanship, perseverance, and human sentiment. Presented in Italian with English subtitles, the film is screened at the Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium on 4 Jul. Learn more about The Never Ending Factory of the Duomo here.

Film still from Diliman by TJ Collanto painting with light


Don’t miss this short film by Philippines-based filmmaker TJ Collanto that spotlights the experience of immigrants going through false starts, the ceaseless grind and unfulfilled ambitions.The film, which is screened in Filipino, Filipino dialects and English with English subtitles, plays at the Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium Anteroom daily and is also available online until 25 Jul. Learn more about Diliman here.

Learn more about Painting with Light here.

(Photos: National Gallery Singapore)

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