03.23.2021 — ProfileThe Process of Documenting Movement An Interview with Joanne Cesario on the Role of Cinema in Activism WorkWhat is the role of film during challenging times, and how should one approach art and art-making within these complicated contexts? We chat with Joanne Cesario on these questions, on her debut short, Uwian Na, and on the possibilities that lie in creativity and the process.
03.09.2021 — ProfileTraveling Through Cinema Changing Everything and Nothing At All With Zhannat AlshanovaWe travel with the director of History of Civilization, Zhannat Alshanova, from Kazakhstan to London and beyond as we discuss world cinema, the state of filmmaking during the pandemic, and more.
02.23.2021 — LongformThe Intimacy of a Stranger The Shared Humanity of Kirsten Tan's DahdiBeneath the surface of our everyday social interactions exists a shared longing for closeness that ties us all together. Singaporean filmmaker Kirsten Tan demonstrates this shared humanity in Dahdi, a short film that crafts an unexpected intimacy between an elderly Singaporean woman and a Rohingya refugee she lets into her home. Inspired by a 2012 event in which 40 Rohingya refugees were rejected upon arrival to the port of Singapore, Dahdi begs the question: what would you do if a refugee showed up at your doorstep?
02.09.2021 — ProfileHappy Cleaners: The Limits and Possibilities of a Hyphen Cinema A Conversation with Directors Julian Kim and Peter Lee on Hometowns and K-DramasWe chat with directors Julian Kim and Peter Lee about the future of immigrant neighborhoods, 90s K-Dramas, and the lifelong creative partnership that culminated in their first feature film.
12.22.2020 — ProfileAn Extended Portrait Finding Solace in Film With Jiayan "Jenny" Shi's "Finding Yingying"An interview with Jiayan "Jenny" Shi on her film, "Finding Yingying."
12.21.2020 — LongformNocturnal Omissions The Queer Romantics in "I Don't Want to Sleep Alone"Tsai Ming-liang dreams of a world where migrant drifters can live tenderly.
12.01.2020 — ProfilePacking and Unpacking "Baguio Address No. 10" Home and nostalgia over beers with Mervine AquinoAn in-depth conversation on the process of packing and unpacking, ideas of home, and more with Mervine Aquino
11.03.2020 — ProfileUncovering the Creative Process Amber Eswani on her short film, "Fuzzy Legs"An interview with Amber Eswani on the filmmaking process and her coming-of-age short, "Fuzzy Legs."
10.26.2020 — LongformThe Fallibility of Love Everyday Pressure in "After the Storm"After the Storm makes for an endearingly wistful addition to Kore-eda’s repertoire, of which the intricacies and complications of familial relationships remain a recurring theme, bringing into focus portraits of family life that we tend to take for granted. It is a poignant, nuanced exploration of the limits and complexities of love, as well as the forces that either hold a family together or pull them apart.
10.12.2020 — ProfileThe Future Looks Like A Memory An Interview with Davy Chou on "Cambodia 2099"We chat with Davy Chou on his futuristic vision of the past in "Cambodia 2099."
10.12.2020 — ProfileThe Appetite of "Vinegar Baths" An Interview with Amanda Nell EuWe sit down with Amanda Nell Eu to chat about her film, Vinegar Baths, and the recipe that goes into a story on body, identity, and obsession.
10.12.2020 — ProfileThe Life in "Weeping Birds" An Interview with Chan Teik QuanFor Subtitle Fest 2019, we chat with Chan Teik Quan on his film, Weeping Birds. The film tells the story of an old couple who take old age and death as a joke.
10.10.2020 — Etc.Subtitle Southeast Asian Short Film Festival Zine It's been one year since we hosted our first film festival, the Subtitle Southeast Asian Short Film Festival. To celebrate, we are releasing our Subtitle Zine—created for the festival—online for free!
02.20.2018 — LongformDreaming of Reality Escaping the militarism of the present and the warring kingdoms of the past in A Cemetery of Splendor Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul's eighth feature length movie, Cemetery of Splendor, is by many measures an expansive film. Its temporal scope often stretches beyond the immediate, visual space-time of what is happening within any given frame, as some of the characters often leave their bodies and drift into timelines that are not available to the eye of the viewer.
01.09.2018 — LongformThe Transcendence of Desire The Complementary Halves of On the Beach at Night AloneOn the Beach at Night Alone is one of the three features which debuted last year by South Korean director Hong Sang-soo, who in recent years, has sprung out of the art house circuit and into the Korean tabloids for rumors surrounding an affair with starring actress Kim Min-hee. It’s a film that’s meta even by Hong’s standards thanks to this real-life inflection, one which bears resemblance to nearly any one of his stories from the past twenty years.