Dreaming & Dying

Singapore Premiere

Nelson YEO Singapore, Indonesia 2023 77 min NC16 (Some Mature Content)

A school reunion recalls repressed desires and entangled memories in an intoxicating blend of reality and the unconscious.

An unhappily married couple reunite with their former schoolmate Heng at a seaside chalet after a long time. Latent romantic longings are quietly awakened and a love triangle ensues, though emotions lay deathly submerged. As the couple wend their way through a forest to release a fish in a karmic-cleansing ritual, the edges of reality start to fray. Unable to act on her feelings, the woman finds an outlet for her dreams through a romance novel she is reading which involves a merman.

Featuring mesmerising, sun-drenched cinematography, Dreaming & Dying is an idiosyncratic exploration of repressed desires and entangled memories. It reveals a world of alluring possibilities that offers respite from a gruelling reality.

Screening supported by Nanyang Technological University Singapore, School of Art, Design and Media, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

Q&A with Filmmaker(s)

4 Dec, Mon 6:30PM / 77 min

Golden Village x The Projector at Cineleisure, Majestic Hall


Screening are free seating & first-come, first-serve basis. All ticket purchasers are kindly asked to be on time and note the 10-min grace period.

Plus, a new Rush Queue for last-min folks!

Dreaming & Dying


Nelson YEO

Singapore, Indonesia


Mandarin, English


77 min

NC16 (Some Mature Content)

Singapore Premiere

Nelson YEO

Local filmmaker Nelson YEO is known for his short films Here Is Not There (2020) and Plastic Sonata (2022), both of which were screened at SGIFF, with the first winning Best Short Film at the festival. Dreaming & Dying (2023), his feature debut, premiered in Locarno’s Cineasti del Presente section where it picked up the Golden Leopard and the Swatch First Feature Award.

Doreen TOH
Peter YU
Kelvin HO

Sophia SIM

Nelson YEO