Tan Pin Pin
Singapore, 62 min
At the point at which Singapore is preparing to celebrate its independence, a time capsule is filled with present-day objects, to then be buried and offer gifts to posterity. At the same time, another, old capsule is opened and reveals strange objects from the past... In the background of this event, the filmmaker crosses the country, filming scenes of daily life: fire drills, anti-mosquito nebulisations, group sport activities, school assemblies, etc. The present thus become mysterious, as if it were coming out of a capsule from another time. An accurate observation of the society of an Asian country, this film offers us a reflection —simultaneously cold and dramatic — on the state of the world, its “museification”, at the point where the natural disappears and the predetermined and conformist disposition of human culture takes over. Through an extremely controlled frame and very subtle editing, Pin Pin Tan draws a sombre portrait a country in which destruction and conservation are walking at the same pace, in an almost surreal manner.
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International Feature Film Competition