Films In Competition
A Land Imagined
An insomniac police inspector tries to unravel the mysterious disappearance of a Chinese construction worker at a land reclamation site.
Singapore PremiereSingapore, France, The Netherlands / 2018 / 95 MIN / MANDARIN, ENGLISH, BENGALI / NC16 - Some Coarse Language and Sexual Scene
Amidst a Lynchian vision of Singapore’s metropolis, worn-out police investigator Lok sets out to solve the mystery behind the disappearance of a migrant Chinese construction worker from a land reclamation site. As Lok’s insomnia sets in, the truth he seeks begins to seep out from the reclaimed sand.
The story then turns on itself to follow Wang, a lonely Chinese construction worker living in fear of being repatriated after a work site accident renders him expendable. He finds kinship in two others: his sympathetic Bangladeshi colleague Ajit, and the aloof supervisor of a dreamscape cybercafé he begins to frequent during his own sleepless nights.
When Ajit needs help, Wang enacts a doomed scheme that sparks a sinister, irreversible turn of events, and throws him headlong into the path of inspector Lok’s investigation.
Cast & Credits
Yeo Siew Hua studied philosophy at the National University of Singapore and is a founding member of the 13 Little Pictures film collective. His second feature, A Land Imagined, was developed at Tokyo Talents, Autumn Meeting and the Asia Pacific Screen Lab. The film premiered at Locarno Film Festival 2018, where it won the Golden Leopard.
Yeo Siew Hua
Peter Yu, Liu Xiaoyi, Luna Kwok
*Golden Leopard Winner, Locarno International Film Festival 2018