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In Time to Come

Gateway | Dragons & Tigers

"What’s worth preserving from Singapore today?" asks Tan Pin Pin’s elegant, incisive, supremely subtle experimental documentary. A time capsule is unearthed at the film’s beginning; a "time cube" is set up at the end. As enigmatic remnants of life from 25 years ago emerge—a bottle of water from the Singapore River, a copy of Yellow Pages, a phone charger—today’s selection of items are carefully primed for future generations to decode. In between are a series of quietly expressive shots of Singapore scenes that seem both completely "normal" and eerily extraordinary. People walk through a shopping mall ignoring fire alarms that are ringing; cheerily robotic bookshop employees smilingly greet early shoppers with crisp bows; a perfectly new, ghostly superhighway sits empty, unused. As we watch Tan’s perfectly designed shots, we are moved to contemplate the discipline imposed on silent public-school children as they sit on the ground in neat rows, reading. Tan also shows trees ruthlessly cut down, whipping at the machinery in something like protest against the violence, their stubs carted away to an uncertain future. We might ask: What’s the price of this perfectly pruned order? Where did it come from, and where is it headed? Only the time capsules know for sure.
Shelly Kraicer

Preceded By: Canton Novelty

Director: Fang Lu / China, 2017, 25 min.
Three young women vacation in Guangzhou, China, shooting the everyday miracles they experience with cell phones.
Director Tan Pin Pin
Country of Origin: Singapore
Year: 2017
Running Time: 62 mins
Format: DCP
Producer: Tan Pin Pin
Cinematographer: Michael Zaw, Brian McDairmant, Eric Youwei Lim, Yong Shuling, Amelia Su, Ken Cheong, Tan Pin Pin, Lim Teck Siang
Editor: Martyn See, Amelia Su
Production Company: BFG Media
Print Source: Tan Pin Pin


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