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  • Art Forum reviews SNAKESKIN

    “Another successful experiment in hybridization was Snakeskin, which had its world premiere at Doclisboa, following director Daniel Hui’s winning of the Revelation Prize for Eclipses at last year’s festival. Documentary is crossed with science fiction as the sole survivor of an apocalyptic cult in the year 2066 meditates, via voice-over, on interviews and footage filmed in 2014 in his native Singapore. In its unraveling narrative, this unusual, thoughtful evocation of time travel probes one of history’s most complex sites of colonialist intrigue.”

    Travis Jeppesen, Art Forum

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  • Art Review on SNAKESKIN

    “Watching Lav Diaz’s epic five hour From What Is Before (2014) is like binging on a slow-cinema version of a soap opera box set, as Diaz theatrically restages his native Philippines’ 1972 revolution. Daniel Hui’s Snakeskin (2014) similarly acts to revise the history of the director’s homeland, Singapore, ambitiously rejoicing in the medium of film as a Chris Marker-esque agent of time travel and mythmaking, complete with a reincarnated cat.”

    Justin Jaeckle at Art Review

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  • 03-FLATS on Straits Times Film Picks

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     “…on the surface the film seems to be about singlehood, ageing, public housing and the female experience. But slowly, mesmerisingly , a more complex and interesting picture emerges.”

    John Lui, The Straits Times, Life! Section, Friday, November 14, 2014

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  • Review: AS YOU WERE

    “Much more interesting, at least in terms of forms of expression, is the second feature of the Singaporean Liao Jiekai, As You Were. Discovered in 2010 with Red Dragonflies, Liao revisited issues of memory and the perception of the weight of the past in the relations between people. In particular, As You Were, built in three sections that oscillate between past and present, embroider on the crisis of a relationship, where the memory of a loving childhood sweetheart does not match the misunderstanding of this. There is something Antonioni about Liao’s approach – unfathomable alienation of his character. All this, however, is filtered through an aesthetic approach (deconstruction and fragmentation of the line of the story, elegant composition of the painting, minimal dialogues, layered sound) owing its influence to recognizably contemporary Asian Masters (from Hou, Koreeda, through Weerasethakul), including the attempt to entrench the discomfort of the protagonists in the connective tissue of the socio-political Singaporean – although presumably using the obliquity and metaphor. The result is perhaps too cerebral to move, but Liao is certainly a director to keep an eye on.”

    Paolo Bertolin reviews AS YOU WERE on www.mymovies.it (google translated from Italian)

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  • Indiewire on 03-FLATS

    03-FLATS featured on Indiewire as one of the best of New Southeast Asian Cinema in Busan.

    “The use of long shots from a static camera allows ample time and space for the eye to immerse itself in the setting: to notice the type of cereal on the counter, the strange way that hangers dangle from the kitchen cabinets. Some images loom with an eerie hints of temporal imprisonment. None express the monotony of a pendulum better than a close-up on a barred window shut off from the outside and sitting just above a bland clock ticking slowly, like the lulling rhythms of the film itself. In fully entering the quotidian intrigues of what transpires inside Singaporean flats, Lei Yuan Bin demands your patience.”

     

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  • AS YOU WERE on Lianhe Zaobao

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  • AS YOU WERE by Liao Jiekai in Asian Future Competition at Tokyo

    As You Were

    AS YOU WERE directed by Liao Jiekai will world premiere in Asian Future Competition at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2014.

    27 Oct 14:00 Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills Screen 4
    29 Oct 20:00 Toho Cinemas Roggongi Hills Screen 5

    SYNOPSIS
    On an idyllic island south of Singapore, Guohui and Peiling spend their last moments together as their relationship falls apart. The film is set in contemporary Singapore and structured into three distinct chapters. Through the country’s ever-changing landscape, the two lovers realize that what is transitory can also be eternal. The film explores the memories of the two characters and the oppressive past of St. John’s Island, which was, at various points in modern history, a quarantine center, a penal colony and a drug rehabilitation centre.  

    For more information and updates, please visit the AS YOU WERE facebook page.

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  • SNAKESKIN in International Competition at Doclisboa 2014

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    SNAKESKIN directed by Daniel Hui will world premiere in International Competition at the Doclisboa International Film Festival 2014.

    18 Oct / 19.30, CULTURGEST – GRANDE AUD.
    24 Oct / 19.15, SÃO JORGE – SALA 3

    SYNOPSIS
    In 2066, a survivor of an enigmatic cult recounts his country’s traumatic history and the events leading to the rise and fall of the cult. Through his reminiscence, ghosts from 2014 and before appear as witnesses. Part dream documentary, part city symphony, this film traces the lineage of oppression as inscribed in Singapore’s landscape and collective unconscious.

    For more information and updates, please visit the SNAKESKIN facebook page.

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  • 03-FLATS in Documentary Competition at Busan 2014

    Directed by Lei Yuan Bin

    3-FLATS directed by Lei Yuan Bin will world premiere in Documentary Competition at the Busan International Film Festival 2014.

    03 OCT Friday 10am
    CGV Centum City 2

    06 Oct Monday 10am
    CGV Centum City 2

    08 Oct Wednesday 7pm (Director in attendance)
    Busan Cinema Center Cinematheque

    Synopsis
    Singapore’s public housing programme—an inclusive space that prioritizes families and intergenerational living—is arguably the most successful in the world. Amidst this backdrop, 03-FLATS follows the domestic experiences of three single women who are at different stages of their lives. Looking from within each flat, the film moves between the women’s distinctively lived interiors and the ordered public spaces beyond. It records how domestic resilience might resist the ennui of mass housing, turning housing into home.

    Combining the documentary genre with formal attention to the spatial nuances in each flat and its occupant’s routines, 03-FLATS is part of a research initiative by Dr Lilian Chee at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore to probe how domesticity—a key component wherein home is produced—could be viscerally represented and experientially encountered.

    For more information and updates, please visit the 03-FLATS facebook page.

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  • I Have Loved Trailer and Facebook page

    Check out the trailer for I Have Loved by Lai Weijie and Elizabeth Wijaya! Join the facebook page for updates.

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