Founded in 2010 by Elizabeth Wijaya and Lai Weijie, E&W Films is dedicated to working with visionary writers and directors to create forceful sensorial works that challenge and resonate with audiences. Taking an active role in project development and valuing long-term collaborations, feature films include POP AYE by Kirsten Tan (Singapore / Thailand / China), Taste by Lê Bảo (Vietnam / Singapore / France / Thailand / Germany), and Mongrel by Chiang Wei Liang (Singapore / Taiwan).
Elizabeth Wijaya is an Assistant Professor of East Asian Cinema with the Department of Visual Studies, at the University of Toronto. She was a President's Postdoctoral Fellow with the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities). She completed her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Cornell University. For her dissertation research, she was awarded the Taiwan Fellowship, Lee Teng Hui Fellowship in World Affairs with East Asia Focus, Milton L. Barnett Scholarship, and Tan Ean Kiam Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities.
She is working on her book manuscript Luminous Flesh: The Visible and Invisible Worlds of Trans-Chinese Cinema. Her first feature film, I Have Loved (2011), co-directed with Lai Weijie, premiered in the Asian New Talents competition of the Shanghai International Film Festival. She volunteers for the Singapore International Film Festival.
Lai Weijie is a film producer based in Singapore and Toronto, Canada. His producing credits include the debut feature POP AYE by Kirsten Tan – winner of the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Screenwriting (Sundance Film Festival), the VPRO Big Screen Award (International Film Festival Rotterdam), and the Best Film Prize International Competition (Zurich Film Festival). His latest feature project Taste by Vietnamese filmmaker Lê Bảo is slated for a 2020 release. Selected at Cannes L’Atelier, the project received the Co-Production Award and the ARTE International Prize at TorinoFilmLab, Most Promising Project at the Southeast Asian Film Lab, as well as support from Purin Pictures, the World Cinema Fund and Cinémas du Monde.
As Senior Programme Manager at the Singapore International Film Festival, Weijie oversaw the Asian, Classics, and Focus sections of the programme and started three development initiatives: the Southeast Asian Film Lab, the Youth Jury & Critics Programme, and the Southeast Asian Producers Network.
I Have Loved
- Asian Feature Film Competition, Singapore International Film Festival
- Asian New Talent Awards, Shanghai International Film Festival
- In Competition, Asian Pacific Screen Awards
What does it mean to declare or even whisper: I have loved?
In Siem Reap, a young woman, haunted by loss, mourning, melancholia and the imperfections of memory, dances with two men–one of whom she is married to, while the other is engaged to be married.
- Written & Directed by
- Elizabeth Wijaya, Lai Weijie
- Tan Bee Thiam, Elizabeth Wijaya, Lai Weijie
- Director of Photography
- Eugene Koh
- Production Designer
- Laetitia Gangotena
- Azharr Rudin
- Supervising Sound Editor
- Edwin Wijaya