Directed by: Daniel Hui
Runtime: 105 mins
Country: Singapore, Portugal
Rating: NC16 (Some Mature Content)
TORINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Special Jury Prize
YAMAGATA INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
Award of Excellence (New Asian Currents)
Part documentary, part dream, the lines between fiction and reality are blurred in this film. It is the year 2066, and the lone survivor of a cult reviews footage of Singapore in 2014. The cult’s leader, who claims to be the reincarnation of Sir Stamford Raffles, claims that the footage is evil and should be burnt. He recounts his country’s traumatic history and the events that led to the rise and collapse of this cult, while ghosts from 2014 and the years before appear as witnesses. Bringing together the past, present and future, this hybrid film traces Singapore’s physical landscape and its collective unconscious.
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