• Director:Yeo Siew Hua
  • Writer:Yeo Siew Hua
  • (Co-)producers:Akanga Film Asia (Singapore), Films de Force Majeure (FR), Volya Films (NL)
  • Release Date:08/01/2018
  • Partner(s):The Netherlands Film Fund, Hubert Bals Fund, Torino Film Lab Audience Design Fund 2018, CNC (Cinémas du monde), IMDA (New Talents Feature Grant), MM2 Entertainment, Vietnam Prize
  • Length:95 minutes
  • Genre: Feature

A Land Imagined

A migrant worker from China goes missing at a Singapore land reclamation site after suffering from insomnia. The trail leads the police to discover more than just history buried under all that sand.

In a city that never sleeps, its inhabitants dream awake. The film follows a sleepless policeman and his partner, who are tasked to uncover the case of a missing Chinese migrant worker.

 


Press & Reviews

Unidentifiably new … a dreamy neo-noir that unfolds like a Singaporean ‘Chinatown’ … this movie does for sand what ‘Chinatown’ did for water
– David Ehrlich, IndieWire

An ambitious filmmaker … The score is jazzy, the mood is fatalistic and there is the sense that the case of one individual will reveal bittersweet truths about the state of the nation.
– Allan Hunter, Screen International

a huge boon to Singaporean cinema … it’s testament to the quality and clarity of vision of the smart, eerie tech-noir that it came out on top [at Locarno Festival], becoming the first Singaporean film to take the top prize at a major film festival … the film, lit as it is by buzzing fluorescent lights and scored with ominous synths, is a series of questions, asking what we mean when we talk of modernisation, of globalisation, of who we leave behind when we move forward …  a pulse-pounding, frightening gem of a film, and now it has its name in the history books” 5/5, Top 10 Films of 2018
– Theo Howe, easternKicks

Yeo’s Golden Leopard-winning film opens in dreamy noir-like fashion before blooming into a sobering social drama concerning the lives of Singapore’s ignored and exploited immigrant and working-class communities” 3/4
– Wes Greene, Slant Magazine

8Days
https://www.8days.sg/seeanddo/moviereviews/8-days-best-movies-of-2019-12202952

CineLand 
https://cine.nl/a-land-imagined/

Deprotagonisten
http://www.deprotagonisten.nl/recensies/a-land-imagined/

Parool Newspaper
https://www.parool.nl/kunst-media/a-land-imagined-is-een-schemerige-en-ambitieuze-film-noir~b2b44f4b/

Volkskrant ⅗ Newspaper 
https://www.volkskrant.nl/cultuur-media/a-lang-imagined-is-betoverend-mooi-maar-bezwijkt-enigszins-onder-eigen-ambities~bc24d8dc/

FilmhuisO42 (NL cinema)
https://www.facebook.com/filmhuiso42/posts/2210042679301399

Artforum
https://www.artforum.com/film/leo-goldsmith-at-the-71st-locarno-film-festival-76261

Asian Movie Pulse
https://asianmoviepulse.com/2018/08/film-review-a-land-imagined-2018-by-yeo-siew-hua/

Bakiniz
http://www.bakiniz.com/a-land-imagined-uzakdogudan-iyi-bir-gerilim/

CineClandestino
http://www.cineclandestino.it/a-land-imagined/

CineDivergente
http://cinedivergente.com/criticas/largometrajes/una-tierra-imaginada-a-land-imagined

CineLapsus
http://www.cinelapsus.com/a-land-imagined-2018-di-yeo-siew-hua/

CineMan
https://www.cineman.ch/movie/2018/ALandImagined/review.html

Cineuropa
http://www.cineuropa.org/en/newsdetail/358350

CNN Philippines
http://cnnphilippines.com/life/entertainment/film/2018/10/31/qcinema-2018-reviews.html

David Bordwell
http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2018/10/03/vancouver-2018-landscapes-real-and-imagined/

Duels
http://duels.it/sogni-elettrici/a-land-imagined-di-yeo-siew-hua-ecco-il-pardo-doro-di-locarno-71/

Eastern Kicks
https://www.easternkicks.com/reviews/a-land-imagined
https://www.easternkicks.com/features/top-10-films-of-2018-10-1-a-land-imagined

El Mundo 
http://www.elmundo.es/cultura/cine/2018/08/07/5b69bc90e2704eb74d8b468c.html
http://www.elmundo.es/cultura/cine/2018/08/11/5b6f2909e2704e91838b45e6.html

FilmEra
https://thefilmera.com/2018/11/14/ciff-day-4-closing-night-and-closing-remarks/

Filmuforia
http://www.filmuforia.co.uk/a-land-imagined-2018/

Geographies et cinema
http://geographiesenmouvement.blogs.liberation.fr/2018/08/10/locarno-10-cloner-les-lieux

Indie Wire
https://www.indiewire.com/2018/08/a-land-imagined-review-a-dreamy-neo-noir-that-unfolds-like-a-singaporean-chinatown-1201993773/

laRegione
https://www.pressreader.com/switzerland/laregione/20180808/281930248803279

Le Polyester
http://www.lepolyester.com/critique-a-land-imagined

Le Temps
https://www.letemps.ch/culture/land-imagined-un-film-singapour-entre-reve-cauchemar

Libération
http://next.liberation.fr/cinema/2018/08/09/locarno-a-retors-et-a-raisons_1671809

Little White Lies
https://lwlies.com/festivals/best-films-2018-locarno-film-festival/

Locarno Festival
https://www.locarnofestival.ch/orig/pardo/pardo-live/today-at-festival/2018/day-6/A-Land-Imagined.html
https://www.locarnofestival.ch/pardo/pardo-live/today-at-festival/2018/day-10/Verdetti.html

Ma Se Domani
https://www.masedomani.com/2018/08/09/recensione-film-a-land-imagined/

Micropsia
http://www.micropsiacine.com/2018/08/festivales-critica-de-a-land-imagened-de-yeo-siew-hua-locarno/

Mubi
https://mubi.com/notebook/posts/three-east-asian-entries-at-viff-2018

Nobody Mag
https://www.nobodymag.com/journal/archives/2018/1122_1937.php

Non Solo Cinema
http://www.nonsolocinema.com/land-imagined-yeo-siew-hua.html

Nuovo Cinema Locatelli
http://nuovocinemalocatelli.com/2018/08/10/locarno-festival-2018-recensione-a-land-imagined-film-di-yeo-siew-hua-inferno-singapore/

Panorama Cinema
http://www.panorama-cinema.com/V2/article.php?categorie=2&id=610

Publico
https://www.publico.pt/2018/08/09/culturaipsilon/noticia/hong-sangsoo-no-hotel-das-barafundas-1840568

Quinlan
https://quinlan.it/2018/08/08/a-land-imagined/

San Diego Reader
https://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2018/nov/08/movie-review-asian/

Screen Anarchy
https://screenanarchy.com/2018/08/locarno-2018-review-a-land-imagined-a-realist-drama-in-punk-neo-noir-clothing.html

Screen International 
https://www.screendaily.com/reviews/a-land-imagined-locarno-review/5131452.article

Sennhauser Filmblog
https://sennhausersfilmblog.ch/2018/08/07/locarno-18-a-land-imagined-von-yeo-siew-hua-wettbewerb/

Sentieri Selvaggi
https://www.sentieriselvaggi.it/locarno71-visioni-dal-concorso-internazionale/

Sight & Sound
https://stories.bfi.org.uk/best-films-2018-full-poll/

Sindie
https://www.sindie.sg/2018/12/review-land-imagined-2018.html

Sinstra
http://www.sinistra.ch/?p=7576

Slant Magazine
https://www.slantmagazine.com/film/review-a-land-imagined-is-a-noir-tinged-rumination-on-identity/

Swiss Info
https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/business/critics-academy_from-china–with-love-and-grief/44318316

The Asian Cinema Critic
https://theasiancinemacritic.com/2018/11/12/a-land-imagined/

The Film Stage
https://thefilmstage.com/reviews/locarno-review-a-land-imagined-is-a-singapore-set-lynchian-neo-noir-with-echoes-of-chinatown/

The Flickering Wall
https://medium.com/the-flickering-wall/size-does-matter-6b5db08edb5

The Hindu
https://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/100-years-of-bengali-cinema-at-the-kolkata-international-film-festival/article25577909.ece

The New Paper
https://omny.fm/shows/st-bt/diving-into-the-spider-verse-and-a-land-imagined?t=10m35s

The Upcoming
https://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2018/08/07/locarno-film-festival-2018-a-land-imagined-review/

Ticino Today
http://www.ticinotoday.ch/content/singapore-espande-i-confini-grazie-alla-sabbia-della-malesia

VC Cinema
http://www.vcinemashow.com/a-land-imagined-singapore-france-netherlands-2018-viff-2018/

 

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