11.04 ㊄ 13：00〡台南新光影城 4 廳
11.12 ㊅ 19：50〡台南新光影城 4 廳〡★ Q&A session with the Director
What inspired the story of this film was the accounts of our parents about their worries during the Asian Financial Crisis in the 90’s, when we were children. Considering the uncertainties and anxieties of the hard times then, there seemed to be a familiarity to the emotional climate of today and we set out with this film to reflect on a fear and trembling in the face of uncertain times and with it, the desire for unburdening. Exploring the soul of a man and his attachment to this material world and its signs, who becomes so terrified, unable to believe in the salvation he desperately desired.
In recent years, we have been thinking about the sites in Singapore that have borne witness to trials and tribulations that go back over different eras. One such site is Sentosa island, a popular vacation island for locals and tourists which usually strictly controls in the media, its image as the “State of Fun”. Historically called Blakang Mati (Island of Death Behind), it was formerly used as a military base during the British colonial period and afterwards a POW camp under the Japanese Occupation. Setting this film and actually having production take place on the rapidly redeveloping Sentosa island was something we felt was really important, personally and historically, to the notions we were trying to pursue. Especially with its interesting analogues to a Singapore that is constantly changing and layering veneers of leisure, capital and forgetting over its dense grid.