Pięć Smaków w Domu


dir. Royston Tan
Singapore 2021, 76’
subtitles: Polish and English

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Polish premiere
Theatrical Screenings
Fr 18 Nov, 15:45
Kinoteka 2
Kinoteka 2
Tu 22 Nov, 20:30
Kinoteka 2
Kinoteka 2
Online Availability
16 Nov, 10:00 – 4 Dec
Additional Materials
Awards and festivals
World premiere: Busan IFF 2021
Singapore 2021
Duration: 76’
director: Royston Tan
screenplay: Royston Tan
cinematography: Juan Qi An
editing: Jun Chong
sound: Rennie Gomes
cast: James Choong
producer: Karen Khoo-Toohey
production: Chuan Pictures Pte Ltd
language: Mandarin
colouration: colour

Film description

The story of a sound specialist appearing on the screen in 24 scenes. We see him at work, recording sounds, listening to the human voices, capturing the noises of everyday lives – conflicts, intimate encounters, fierce talks about politics, the natural soundscape. The locations are also carefully selected. He is interested in both the city and the jungle. He goes to the movies, walks around a graveyard, records musicians performing. An unobtrusive listener, an unwavering ghost behind an imaginary glass wall – present, and yet unable to interact with the surrounding world, voiceless. He rarely reacts to the overheard scenes, sometimes smiling at a joke or the absurdity of a situation. The voice of each person he listens to becomes yet another piece in a larger puzzle.

Royston Tan returns after a few year’s break with another numerical project. This time, he encloses his observations in a meditative mosaic, portraying the most invisible of film professions – a solitary sound specialist, left alone in a patient state of listening. He is played by the director’s long-time collaborator, James Choong, the author of sound design for most of Tan’s films. Through his perspective, the Singaporean artist talks about Singapore, seen and described by its inhabitants when they think no one is listening. In Tan’s lens, the world may be static, but it doesn’t mean that the reality is still and homogeneous – this is the Singapore seen and heard in 24 frames per second, filled with ghosts, street humor, and micro-contexts just waiting to be discovered.

Łukasz Mańkowski

Royston Tan

The most active Singaporean film director. He was born in Singapore in 1976. He got a degree in visual communication from the Temasek Polytechnic and began his career creating music videos. In 2003, he made his feature debut 15. After directing the intimate drama 4:30, Tan turned to getai, a very particular type of outdoor musical performance, exemplified by his blockbuster comedy 881. Tan’s work is filled with numerical motifs – numbers can be found in almost all titles of his films. His latest project, 24, is by far the most contemplative film in his career.

Selected filmography:

2021 24

2009 12 Lotosów / 12 Lotus

2007 881

2005 4:30

2003 15: The Movie

2002 '15'

2001 Hock Hiap Leong

1997 Adam. Eve. Steve

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