Film title: Solos (2008)
Language: No dialog
Co-directed by: Kan Lume and Loo Zihan
Running time: 70 mins
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Inspired by true events, Solos explores the relationship between three individuals as they struggle to open up their feelings towards each other. Man (Lim Yu-Beng) and Boy (Loo Zihan) have been in an illicit relationship for years.
Growing out of his teenage years, Boy is restless, and starts seeking new sexual adventures. Meanwhile, Boy’s mother (Goh Guat Kian) blames herself for everything Boy has turned out to be and wishes her son to return home to her.
Each scene in Solos is at once highly stylized and painfully realistic. The film has no dialogue, but relies on strong visual imagery and sound-design to convey the story.
Solos is the second feature of co-director Kan Lume, and first feature of co-director Loo Zihan, who also wrote the screenplay and plays the part of Boy. Actors Lim Yu- Beng and Goh Guat Kian, and sound artist Darren Ng are prominent theatre artists in Singapore.
The film has no dialogue to give freedom to the audience individual interpretation of the film.
Principal photography was shot with a PANASONIC AG-HVX202 camera and edited on Grass Valley EDIUS HD from Thomson.
The film is produced by Florence Ang of Red Dawn Productions and Gerald Herman of Discovery Communications with Ricardo Uncilla as Executive Producer and Kan Lume as Co-Producer.
The film was shot entirely in Singapore and principal photography took one month to complete.
Solos had its World-Premiere in the 12th Pusan International Film Festival in Busan, South.Korea. Since then, it has screened at film festivals around the world including AFI Fest in Los Angeles, Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival, London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. Solos won the Best First Feature Award at Torino GLFF in Italy.
The special edition DVD comes with a bonus DVD that includes interviews by Solos’ writer/director/actor Loo Zihan with Ian McKellen and John Cameron Mitchell, in addition to deleted scenes from the movie.
|Produced by Red Dawn Productions|
|Producers:||Florence Ang and Gerald Herman|
|Directors:||Loo Zihan and Kan Lume|
Goh Guat Kian
You can find out more about Solos on the official Solos film website.
Image stills from film
You can watch the trailer on the official Solos website (link opens in new window).
Awards and official selections
- Best First Feature Award – Torino Gay Lesbian Film Festival
- AFI Festival – Los Angeles
- BFI London – LGFF
- Pusan International Film Festival
- San Francisco Frameline GLFF Film Festival
- Newfest New York GLFF
- Hong Kong Gay Lesbian FF
- Copenhagen Gay Lesbian FF
- Andalucia Gay Lesbian FF
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