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Dreaming & Dying

Hao jiu bu jian
dir. Nelson Yeo
Singapore, Indonesia 2023, 78’
subtitles: Polish and English

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Polish premiere
Theatrical Screenings
Th 16 Nov, 16:15
Kinoteka 1
Kinoteka 1
Su 19 Nov, 10:30
Kinoteka 2
Kinoteka 2
Online Availability
15 Nov, 10:00 – 3 Dec
Additional Materials
Awards and festivals
Locarno International Film Festival 2023 - Filmmakers of the Present, Best First Feature (Golden Leopard) World priemiere: Locarno Film Festival
Singapore, Indonesia 2023
Duration: 78’
director: Nelson Yeo
screenplay: Nelson Yeo
cinematography: Lincoln Yeo
editing: Armiliah Aripin
music: Lijie Cheng
cast: Doreen Toh, Peter Yu, Kelvin Ho
producer: Tan Si En, Sophia Sim
production: Momo Film Co
language: Mandarin, English
colouration: colour

Film description

Three friends, who were once more than that, meet years later to reminisce about the olden days. Diving back into the past leads them deep into the surprising corners of their memories, and their alcohol-enhanced minds color reality with unexpected, oneiric hues. Hidden emotions, old grudges, and romantic disappointments begin to resurface.

Nelson Yeo's debut is a modern take on the 1948 Chinese classic "Springtime in a Small Town." The story is reimagined in the Singaporean context and enclosed in the space of the cult Haw Par Villa entertainment park. "Dreaming & Dying" is a mixture of a fairy tale, a pastiche of artistic cinema, and a deeply personal story filled with the director's past, deep sadness, and the mistakes of adolescence. In the interviews, Yeo says that the making of the film was directly inspired by a memory of his first cigarette.

Łukasz Mańkowski

Nelson Yeo

Visual artist and film director, graduate of the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, creator of many short films shown at festivals around the world. His debut feature, "Dreaming & Dying," premiered at Locarno IFF where Yeo received the prestigious Concorso Cineasti del presente award.


2012 Wormhole (kr.m.)
2015 Mountain of Knives (kr.m.)
2019 Mary, Mary, So Contrary (kr.m.)
2020 Here Is Not There (kr.m.)
2021 Dreaming (kr.m.)
2022 Plastic Sonata (kr.m.)
2023 Ja odchodzę, a ty śnisz / Hǎo jiǔ bú jiàn / Dreaming & Dying

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