Friday, April 10, 2009


The 22nd Singapore International Film Festival (SIFF) regrets that it will be withdrawing the following films from the Festival, as they have been disallowed or passed with edits by the Board of Film Censors, Media Development Authority (MDA) of Singapore.

1. Boy (Auraeus Solito, Philippines): Disallowed
2. Shahida (Natalie Assouline, Israel): Disallowed
3. An Extraordinary Study of Human Degradation (Patrik Eriksson, Sweden): R21 with edit to prolonged sexual scenes
4. Female Games (Kan Lume, Singapore): R21 with edit to prolonged and explicit lesbian sex
5. Melancholia (Lav Diaz, Philippines): R21 with edit to explicit sexual and lesbian scenes
6. Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly (Edwin, Indonesia): M18 with edit to prolonged homosexual sex

The Festival stands by its no-cut screening policy. All the filmmakers of the withdrawn films have been informed. The filmmakers of Boy have decided to withdraw the film from the Asian Feature Film Competition of the Silver Screen Awards. For Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly, the 22nd SIFF will hold a closed-door jury screening for the film, and it will be competing for the Silver Screen Awards.

The Board of Film Censors, MDA has passed the following films for SIFF screening only.

1. Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt, USA): R21 Clean for SIFF only with consumer advice of "Offensive Language"
2. The Wackness (Jonathan Levine, USA): R21 Clean for SIFF only with consumer advice of "Mature Theme and Offensive Language"
3. Men's Group (Michael Joy, Australia): R21 Clean for SIFF only with consumer advice of "Offensive Language and Some Sexual Scenes"
4. Weltstadt (Christian Klandt, Germany): R21 Clean for SIFF only with consumer advice of "Sexual Scenes"

The Festival will be replacing the screenings of the withdrawn films. Please check the website at for updates. Refunds for films that have been withdrawn can be made through the Festival Secretariat office. Refunds must be made at least 24 hours before the screening date of ticket. Office hours are 10am-7pm, Monday to Friday. Members of the public can also call the Secretariat office at Tel: 6738 7567 or email:

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