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8th edition: 10 April - 14 April 2019

A Land Imagined (2019 Feature Film)

Yeo Siew Hua | Singapore, France, Netherlands | 2018 | color | DCP | 95' | Mandarin, English, Bengali | e.s.

On the fringes of Singapore, anonymous migrants work on an expanding global city. But even though they are building this new world, for its inhabitants they are invisible. What happens when one of them doesn’t turn up to work anymore? In this stylish noir, an insomniac detective is put on the case. Golden Leopard winner in Locarno.

Lok, an overtired detective about to retire, investigates the disappearance of a Chinese building worker in Singapore after the man, Wang, suddenly fails to turn up on the construction site. Lok and a colleague start looking into Wang’s life to find out what happened to him. To do so, they find themselves in a part of the city they don’t know: where anonymous building workers live in shabby hostels, around endless rows of cranes in the night. This is the army of invisible, underpaid migrants with no rights who still help the new Singapore to rise.

In his feature debut, with its changing perspectives, both the lonely worker and the Singapore detective see the dark side of this booming metropolis. How do the disillusioned workers survive here? Although the two lives in this neo-realistic drama in a film-noir style are distant from each other, Lok and Wang also have something in common: exhausting insomnia and vivid dreams about a different life.

Place: The Cinemas 4

Date: 11 April 2019

Time: 18:00

Duration: 1:14

Place: The Cinemas 3

Date: 12 April 2019

Time: 16:15

Duration: 1:14

Year in Festival
Yeo Siew Hua
Hideho Urata
Peter Yu
Liu Xiaoyi
Luna Kwok
Jack Tan
Ishtiaque Zico
Kelvin Ho
George Low
Daniel Hui
Teo Wei Yong
Fran Borgia
Jean-Laurent Csinidis
Denis Vaslin
Production Company
Akanga Film Asia
Films de Force Majeure
Volya Films
Production Design
James Page
Akanga Film Asia
Yeo Siew Hua
Sound Design
Damien Guillaume
Year of Production
Yeo Siew Hua

YEO Siew Hua is a screenwriter and director. He studied Philosophy at the National University of Singapore. Yeo is a founding member of the 13 Little Pictures film collective. His experimental feature debut In the House of Straw (2009) was lauded by critics as significant for the Singapore New Wave. With Huan tu (2018), Yeo is the first Singaporean to win the Golden Leopard Award in Locarno.


(selection) In the House of Straw (2009), Wormhole (2012, short), The Obs: A Singapore Story (2014, doc), Mountain of Knives (2015, short), The Minotaur (2016, short), A Land Imagined (2018)