Developed at the Jerusalem International Film Lab 2016
Selected at Berlinale Co-production Market 2017
Project in Development
Director: Jow Zhi Wei (Singapore)
Producers: Akanga Film Asia, Potocol
Seeking international co-producers, sales agents, distribution
Chua, a middle-aged widower does not seem to have much of a connection with anyone, except for his teenage son, Meng, to whom he returns home every morning after his night shift at the shipyard. The long hours meld into an endless draining cycle of labour and overwork, just to survive. Chua hides his increasing vulnerabilities beneath his powerful appearance, while Meng, a deeply sensitive boy, and unable to measure up to his father, acutely feels their difference in stature. In the dense, confined spaces of contemporary Singapore, this relationship between father and son – created by a sense of dependency and tension from the outside world – becomes slowly unbearable… Chua, in a bid to free themselves from this vicious cycle, performs a ‘mercy release’, freeing a captive animal into the wild. Believing this ritual will create good karma for the person and their child, in this life and the next, Chua lays down an unexpected path for his son.
Born in Singapore, Jow Zhi Wei studied at Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore and Le Fresnoy, National Studio of Contemporary Arts in France. He was also accepted into the Golden Horse Film Academy in Taiwan, under the mentorship of Taiwanese filmmaker, Hou Hsiao-hsien. He worked as a film programmer for the Singapore International Film Festival 2014 and was awarded the Young Artist Award 2014 by the government of Singapore. He has made 3 short films: Outing (San Sebastián IFF 2010), Waiting (Busan IFF 2010) and After The Winter (Cannes FF – Cinéfondation Selection 2013). Tomorrow is a long time, his first feature film project in development has been selected for the Jerusalem International Film Lab 2016 and the Berlinale Talent Project Market 2017.
Shooting format: HD
Runtime: 100 mins
Language: English, Mandarin
Shooting start: 2018