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  • A Land Imagined by Yeo Siew Hua won Golden Leopard

    A Land Imagined by Yeo Siew Hua won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival 2018, awarded by a jury presided by Jia Zhangke. The film also clinched the first prize at the festival’s Junior Jury Awards, plus a Special Mention from the Ecumenical Jury (for “sensitising the viewer to religious, people-related, and social values”). In addition, independent critics presented A Land Imagined’s lead actress, Luna Kwok, with the Boccalino d’Oro Prize for Best Actress.

    Ultimately for Yeo, the greatest reward for winning at Locarno is to know “that what we have achieved here is something that will form ripples and have larger implications on cinema from this part of the world”.

    “I am heartened to hear some filmmaker friends from Singapore and the region who felt that my winning the grand prize in a top festival is a sign that a larger international audience is now interested in hearing our stories and feel encouraged to make their own films. We can’t just always celebrate our thriving economy. I think it’s time people look our way and see the dedication and sophistication in our arts. But before that can happen, we need to be able to embrace our own and care for the health of our arts here. It’s a film dedicated to this land, made for my audience here, and I hope it starts a conversation – not elsewhere but here”. – Yeo Siew Hua

    Excerpts from https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/yeo-siew-hua-land-imagined-locarno-film-festival-grand-winner-10633608

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