Singapore | 103 minutes | English, Teochew, Mandarin, Bahasa Indonesia, Bengali | English | Format – 16mm film
- DocLisboa International Film Festival, Portugal 2013 [awarded Pixel Bunker Award for International New Talent]
- World Film Festival Bangkok, Thailand 2013
- Reggio Emilia Asian Film Festival, Italy 2012
- Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore 2011
“Never before has cinema spoken to me in ways as such, and the experience from having two characters speak straight to you is both liberating and intimate.” – Ivan Tan, Sindie
“Eclipses [is] extraordinary, because what [it presents] is not only the information, but the souls of the persons.” – Jit Prokeaw
A woman begins to come to terms with society after having withdrawn into her own world to mourn her late husband. The film splinters away to document the characters surrounding her – people from different classes, including the director’s own family. An investigation of the landscapes in which we live, work, and play, this is Singapore seen through the prisms of family, class and race.
Eclipses was conceived at the juncture of the personal and the political, the individual and the collective, the particular and the universal. It will attempt to navigate the uncertain territory between Heidegger and Marx, taking as its starting point an amalgamation of Europa ’51 and The Man With A Movie Camera. It is a film about absence (hence, the title) – the absence of the husband that ignites the story, the absence of the world that the woman denies, and later the absence of the woman itself as she is subsumed into the world. It will be a sociological document that describes society at every level of production; at the same time, it will be an emotional document about the different stages of grieving, about realizing one’s place in the world around us.
Daniel Hui is a filmmaker and writer. A graduate of the film program in California Institute of the Arts, his films have been screened at film festivals in Rotterdam, Hawaii, Manila, Seoul, Bangkok, and Vladivostok. His writings have been published in prominent cinema journals, including the Cinematheque Quarterly of the National Museum Singapore. He is the contributing editor to the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) online journal, Cinemas of Asia. He is also one of the founding members of 13 Little Pictures, an independent film collective whose films have garnered critical acclaim all around the world. He recently won the Pixel Bunker Award for International New Talent at the Doclisboa International Film Festival for his début feature film Eclipses.
Directed by Daniel Hui
Country of production: Singapore
Production Company: 13 Little Pictures
Estimated Running Time: 103 min
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