International Competition

A Land Imagined

Siew Hua Yeo | 96min | Singapore, Frankrike, Nederländerna

  • År: 2018
  • Språk: Engelska, Bengaliska, Kinesiska
  • Text: Engelsk
  • Originaltitel: A Land Imagined
  • Nordisk Premiär

Uttråkad polis försöker hitta en försvunnen kinesisk byggarbetare i hyllad film noir som vann guldleoparden i Locarno.

Efter en arbetsplatsolycka i Singapore går den kinesiske gästarbetaren Wang under ytan. Han har inget pass och kan inte återvända hem, men börjar försörja sig som chaufför. Han har svårt att sova och tillbringar sina nätter på ett cybercafé, där han förälskar sig i föreståndaren. Samtidigt får den ointresserade polisen Lok i uppdrag att leta upp Wang. Under sin utredning tvingas polismannen också lära sig mer om förhållandena i de miljöer där miljonstadens fattiga migrantarbetare bor.

- Freddy Olsson

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Siew Hua Yeo

Regissör: Siew Hua Yeo

YEO Siew Hua studied philosophy at the National University of Singapore and is a member of the 13 Little Pictures film collective. He participated in the 2015 edition of Talents Tokyo and pitched at Autumn Meeting 2016, where he won the Grand Prix for his second fiction feature, A LAND IMAGINED (2018).

In developing this film, I too found it difficult to write about a group of people whose lives are so inextricably interwoven with mine, but yet so different from my own. It took me three years to research this topic from both the political and the human level – the migrant workers I interviewed, the company that employs them, the NGOs and activists who represent them and the government who must ultimately protect them. But I found that approaching the topic from the outside was just not enough. I wanted to know their dreams and their fears, their joys and their jokes; I needed to know what keeps them up at night. So I spent my days with them over a long period of time and started to see them in a new light, not just as a function of society but every bit as human. I found myself transformed like the character of the police investigator in my film and hope to share this new light, through the projection of cinema, with my audience.

Producent:
Fran Borgia
Manusförfattare:
Siew Hua Yeo
Fotograf:
Hideho Urata
Klippare:
Daniel Hui
Musik:
Wei Yong Teo
Medverkande:
Peter Yu, Liu Xiaoyi, Luna Kwok, Jack Tan, Ishtiaque Zico, Kelvin Low, Andie Chen
Kontakt:
Visit Films, info@visitfilms.com
Regissörens filmografi:
  • 2016 The Minotaur, Short; 2014 The Obs: A Singapore Story, Doc; 2012 Wormhole, Short; 2009 In the House of Straw, Feature.
Originaltitel:
A Land Imagined
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