A Land Imagined


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General Public:$15.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Programs:Asian Frontiers
Spotlight: Disruption
Tags:Asian Interest
Culture & Society
Human Rights
Release Year:2018
Runtime:95 min
Festivals & Awards:Asia Pacific Screen Awards - Achievement in Cinematography; Young Cinema Award
El Gouna International Film Festival - Feature Narrative Competition: Gold Star
Locarno International Film Festival - International Competition: Golden Leopard; Junior Jury Awards:
QCinema International Film Festival - Asian Next Wave Competition: Pylon Best Picture
Singapore International Film Festival - Asian Feature Film: Best Film; Lesley Ho Asian Film Talent A
Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival - Roberto Rossellini Awards: Jury
Valladolid International Film Festival - Best Cinematography
Autumn Meeting 2016 - Art-House Film Corner Pitching: Grand Prix
Torino Film Lab - Audience Design Award
Language:Chinese (Mandarin)
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Visit Films
Director:Yeo Siew Hua
Executive Producer:Melvin Ang
Ng Say Yong
Producer:Fran Borgia
Cinematographer:Hideho Urata
Screenwriter:Yeo Siew Hua
Editor:Daniel Hui
Composer:Teo Wei Yong
Principal Cast:Peter Yu
Liu Xiaoyi
Luna Kwok
Ishtiaque Zico
Filmography:In the House of Straw (2009)
The Obs: A Singapore Story (2014)


A quiet thriller that builds on the tension of the moment, Yeo Siew Hua's A Land Imagined follows hapless investigator Lok (TV star Peter Yu) as he takes on the case of a missing mainland Chinese worker named Wang, who disappeared after a string of onsite incidents along with his coworker, Ajit. Weaving the present day investigation with the experiences that led up to Wang's disappearance, the film dares Lok, as well as the audience, to consider present day Singapore, its connections to China and the conditions of its migrant workforce. But just as the film settles into reality, dreamlike visions bleed into the narrative, calling into question what is real and what is not and blurring the lines of Lok's less-than-clear-cut investigation.

Director Biography

Bettina Perut, Iván Osnovikoff

Yeo Siew Hua is a Singaporean director. He is a graduate of Singapore's Ngee Ann Polytechnic and made his feature debut in 2009 with In The House Of The Straw. A Land Imagined won the prestigious Golden Leopard prize at the 71st Locarno Film Festival.


"[A]n ambitious filmmaker striving to subvert expectations" - Screen Daily