FILMMAKER SANDI TAN WINS BEST DIRECTOR AWARD AT SUNDANCE
Published on 30 January 2018
Singapore-born filmmaker Sandi Tan has won the Best Director Award for World Cinema Documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Her debut feature-length documentary, “Shirkers”, revolves around an old film she had first written and produced 25 years ago as a teen. That footage had been stolen by her American film school mentor, Georges Cardona, and it was only in recent years that his widow started returning the film reels to her. This documentary takes her on a personal journey revisiting this film (also with the same title as the documentary) and shows the original footage with new interviews reflecting upon why this footage had been taken from her.
The film has already won acclaim by critics worldwide. Hollywood Reporter described it as “an exuberantly dreamy grrl-power-meets-noir crime story”.
Said Tan during the Sundance Film Festival Awards ceremony last Sunday, “I think cinema is magic…you just got to keep believing in it.”