Singapore, 102 minutes
Dir: Yen Yen Woo and Colin Goh
Winner — Best New Screenwriter Award, 2006 San Sebastian Film Festival
Winner — Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature, 2007 Asian-American International Film Festival
Singapore Dreaming is a poignant, darkly humorous story about a typical Singaporean family coming to grips with their dreams and aspirations. Heavily in debt, patriarch Loh Poh Huat can’t help but feel bitter irony whenever he has to perform his job as a lawyer’s clerk — seizing goods from the homes of credit card debtors. At the end of his career, he is frustrated by the gulf between his middle class dreams and his working class reality, and takes his feelings of failure and envy out on his family. When Poh Huat suddenly wins two million dollars in the lottery, the family starts believing that the windfall will deliver them from their struggles. But something happens that hurls the family into a high-stakes battle over the very meaning of life.
“A fable of a family torn apart by the forces of Western capitalism sounds heavy going on paper, but the pic handles the subject with a pleasing lightness of touch.” — Variety
Both broadcasts followed by Peter Scarlet’s interview with co-directors Colin Goh and Yen Yen Woo.
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