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[Photo] Continuing my way to Penang.

Continuing my way to Penang. (Check out more photos from my Instagram account .)

[Photo] Hanae had newfound fascination for French New Wave films

Hanae had newfound fascination for French New Wave films (Check out more photos from my Instagram account .)

[Photo] In Ipoh briefly for its famed chicken noodles.

In Ipoh briefly for its famed chicken noodles. (Check out more photos from my Instagram account .)

RIP Jacques Rivette

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The important French New Wave director Jacques Rivette passed away yesterday at the age of 87. Posted by Edmund Yeo on  Friday, January 29, 2016 I felt a slight regret that I've never seen more of his films. Yet I remember very well the first. The very first Rivette film I saw would turn out to be his last, AROUND A SMALL MOUNTAIN. Caught this at the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2009. It was a rather peculiar experience. Many of the film is set in a circus, where occasionally the line between reality and fiction is blurred, the theatricality of life is mirrored by the performances in the circus. I was a little confounded. After that film I wanted to find out more about his previous films, and I was recommended two films that were considered his masterpieces. 3-hour CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING and the 12 1/2-hour long (!!) OUT 1 (Out 1, noli me tangere). I got hold of these films a few years ago, saw half of CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING, but didn't start with the

Tony Rayns' open letter to the people of Busan supporting the work of Busan International Film Festival Director Lee Yongkwan

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about the problems that the Busan International Film Festival had been facing recently . Basically the government had not been pleased that the festival had been screening a documentary about the sinking of MV Sewol in 2014. Since then, there had been one political attack after another, mostly attempts to force festival director Lee Yongkwan to step down, while the festival had to subject itself to censors. It's horrifying to see a film festival become a pawn of politics. Film festivals exist as platforms for filmmakers to express themselves artistically, to show different perspectives, different cultures, different voices of different countries of the world, to educate the audiences, to educate the filmmakers. Film festivals exist for many things, therefore it's unsurprising that many directors and other film people have voiced their support for the Busan Film Festival over the last few weeks. Yesterday, famed writer and festival programmer Ton

[Photo] Location scouting

Location scouting (Check out more photos from my Instagram account .)

[Photo] A policewoman told me that he took the best police photos.

A policewoman told me that he took the best police photos. (Check out more photos from my Instagram account .)