SGIFF 2021 opening film ‘Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash’ explores machismo


Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash” is a riotous, black comedy-drama that explores the prevalence of toxic masculinity. It is the opening film of the 32nd edition of the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), which will be held from November 25, 2021 to December 5, 2021.

Directed by Indonesian wunderkind Edwin, the film is an adaptation of Man Booker-nominated Eka Kurniawan’s best-selling book. The director said, “I have been following SGIFF since 2004 and showed my first short film ‘A Very Slow Breakfast.'”

“To now be able to open the festival almost two decades later is an amazing, serendipitous feeling,” Edwin continued. “In fact, it was SGIFF that introduced me to Southeast Asian cinema and correspondingly, a network of peers that are now friends.”


Edwin and Kurniawan co-wrote the screenplay, and the film won the Golden Leopard for Best Film category in the 74th edition of the Locarno Film Festival 2021. It is also a recipient of IMDA and the Singapore Film Commission’s (SFC) Southeast
Asia Co-Production Grant.

“Within our region, we speak different languages and have different cultures but we are connected by the same feelings, tastes, voices, memories and dreams,” Edwin shard. “I very much look forward to seeing more Southeast Asian cinema on the world stage.”

Presented alongside the opening film is the SGIFF-commissioned short “Dreaming” by Nelson Yeo, who won Best Singapore Short Film at the 2020 Silver Screen Awards for his work “Here Is Not There”. The 15-minute film looks at the reunion of three old friends that reignites a love triangle.


The SGIFF 2021 is an event of the Singapore Media Festival (SMF), which is hosted by Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA). The festival will be hosted across multiple venues in Singapore with screenings at Filmgarde Bugis+, Carnival Cinema at Golden Mile Tower, Golden Village Grand, Oldham Theatre, National Museum of Singapore and Shaw Lido.

Priority sale tickets for SGIFFriends are available for purchase at from 12:00 p.m. pm November 8, 2021. Official ticket sales commence at 12:00 p.m. on November 9, 2021.

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