Performance To Screen

Arts Film Festival

The Performance to Screen: Arts Film Festival is dedicated to showing some of the finest films from around the world about the world of the arts. Music, the musical, dance, theatre, and cinema are all part of this year’s line-up in celebration of film’s ability to capture unique creative talents.

Enjoy a sensitive documentary about the great Japanese composer and activist Ryuichi Sakamoto; Steven Spielberg’s brilliant new take on West Side Story; a heart-warming tale of a young boy from Havana who became one of the world’s leading dancers; Giuseppe Tornatore’s ultimate love letter to the cinema; Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart face off in and this year’s Oscar-winning Drive My Car, which explores the links between film and theatre.

18 July 2022 - Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

Dir. Stephen Nomura Schible | Japan | 2017 | 102 mins (Documentary)


One of the most important artists of our era, Ryuichi Sakamoto’s career spans from techno-pop stardom to Oscar-winning composer and anti-nuclear activist. This intimate portrait explores Sakamoto’s return to music following a cancer diagnosis, leading to the creation of a haunting new masterpiece.


Nominated, Best Music Documentary, Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

Nominated, Best Documentary, Faro Island Film Festival



‘a gracefully moving portrait of the legendary composer. — Emily Yoshida, Vulture



‘not only a portrait of a great artist, but a sensitive and engrossing depiction of the act of creation and its process.’ — G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle

19 July 2022 - West Side Story

Dir. Steven Spielberg| USA | 2021 | 156 mins

starring Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose

Love at first sight strikes when young Tony spots Maria at a high school dance in 1957 New York City. Their burgeoning romance helps to fuel the fire between the warring Jets and Sharks – two rival gangs vying for control of the streets. A new look at the classic musical that lives up to its beloved forebear.

Winner, Best Supporting Actress, Academy Awards

Winner, Best Picture: Musical, Golden Globes


‘Stunning recreations of the original film’s New York retain the songs and the dancing in a re-telling that will leave you gasping.’ — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


‘Steven Spielberg’s sweeping take on the tragic Romeo and Juliette tale dazzles the senses.’ — Mara Reinstein, US Weekly

20 July 2022 - Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story

Dir. Icíar Bollaín | Cuba, Spain | 2018 | 115 mins

with English sub-titles

starring Carlos Acosta, Santiago Alfonso, Keyvin Martínez


The life-affirming story of the great Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta – from the tearaway child on the streets of Havana to the first Black dancer to perform some of the most famous ballet roles. It’s an unflinching biopic of a superstar.


Winner, Best Film, Nantes Spanish Film Festival

Nominated, Best Screenplay, Goya Awards



‘This energetic account of the life of the electrifying Cuban never shies away from the truth about his tough upbringing’ — Cath Clarke, The Guardian


‘a wholly original and deeply affecting movie’ — Kevin Maher, The Times

21 July 2022 - Cinema Paradiso

Dir. Giuseppe Tornatore | Italy | 1988 | 118 mins

with English sub-titles

starring Philippe Noiret, Jacques Perrin, Antonella Attili


Set in an Italian village, Salvatore finds himself enchanted by the flickering images at the Cinema Paradiso, yearning for the secret of the cinema’s magic. When the projectionist, Alfredo, agrees to reveal the mysteries of moviemaking, a deep friendship is born.


Winner, Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards

Winner, Best Actor, BAFTA



‘Cinema Paradiso is a love letter not only to film, but to all the cinemas breathing life into it.’—Robert Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times



‘Cinema Paradiso itself possesses enough command and self-conviction to demonstrate that movies can still manage to manifest an alternative universe.’ — Tim Pulleine, Sight & Sound

22 July 2022 - Clouds of Sils Maria

Dir. Olivier Assayas | France | 2014 | 123 mins

starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz


A veteran actress comes face to face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself when she agrees to take part in a revival of the play that launched her career twenty years earlier.


Winner, Best Supporting Actress, César Awards

Winner, Best Film, Prix Louis Delluc



‘Assayas establishes a complex emotional weather system in which age and identity ebb and flow.’ — Mark Kermode, The Observer


‘A meditation on fame, acting, aging, and acceptance, Clouds is a multilayered rapture on the subject of woman, performing.’ — Ty Burr, Boston Globe

23 July 2022 - Drive My Car

Dir. Ryusuke Hamaguchi | Japan | 2021 | 179 mins

starring Hidetoshi Nishijima, Tōko Miura, Reika Kirishima


An aging, widowed actor seeks a chauffeur. The actor turns to his go-to mechanic, who ends up recommending a 20-year-old girl. Despite their initial misgivings, a very special relationship develops between the two. Based on a short story by Haruki Murakami.


Winner, Best International Feature Film, Academy Awards

Winner, Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival



‘A quiet masterpiece from the Japanese director Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Drive My Car is a story about grief, love and work as well as the soul.’ — Manohla Dargis, New York Times



‘It’s mysterious, impenetrable, creeping forward on many fronts like a lava flow of ideas and nuance. It’s also throat-catchingly beautiful, as sad as a funeral, and wise in a way few films ever aspire to be.’ — Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald


18 - 23 July 2022




Hikayat, George Town, Penang

Screenings and refreshments: RM15
Advanced booking is essential

For booking, please contact:

T: 04 261 9001 (Hikayat)
04 261 8001 (Gerakbudaya Bookshop @ Hikayat)

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