A Land Imagined


Singapur, France, Netherlands / 2018 / Mandarin, Bengali, English with Spanish and English subtitles / 96

  • Director 

    Siew Hua Yeo

  • Producer: 

    Fran Borgia


    Yeo Siew Hua

  • Photography: 

    Hideho Urata

  • Cast: 

    Peter Yu Xiaoyi Liu Luna Kwok Jack Tan Ishtiaque Zico


  • Mar 7 - 21:45 Cine Colombia (Plaza Bocagrande) 3

  • Mar 10 - 15:15 Cine Colombia (Caribe Plaza) 3


Singapore is one of the countries with the highest per capita incomes in the world. The expansion of its territory by dozens of square kilometers has been forged by land extracted from its own mountains that is filling its sea, and even land that is being imported from neighboring countries. Hundreds of immigrants work and live in its quarries. Facing the tediousness of their work, the heat and with their passports being held by unscrupulous employers and conglomerates, hundreds of men from nearby places like China, India and Pakistan live here. One of these men is Wang. His insomnia leads him to spend his nights in a cyber cafe, a place that is the epitome of kitsch, lit with neon lights. It is here where he begins to ask himself a series of questions that end with his disappearance, which is now being investigated by a detective. A Golden Leopard winner from the most recent edition of the Locarno Festival, A Land Imagined is a police thriller whose form is as important, if not more important, as its content. With shrill environments and music, and a certain degree of surrealism – reminiscent at times of Lynch – this film tells of parallel existences and perceptions that go beyond bodily logic.


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Siew Hua Yeo

Siew Hua Yeo

He studied philosophy. He wrote and directed the experimental film, In the House of Straw (2009). A Land Imagined participated in the 2015 edition of Talents Tokyo, the Asia Pacific Screen Lab 2017 and is a recipient of the Hubert Bals Fund and the Aide aux Cinema du Monde.