In this coming-of-age debut feature film by Boo Jun Feng, 18-year-old En’s mandatory enlistment into the Singaporean army is shaken by a series of events and disclosures that threaten to alter his world view forever. The taste of his first romance, the death of his grandfather, his grandmother’s worsening Alzheimer’s disease, his schoolteacher mother’s affair with an uptight military commander, and En’s newfound awareness of his late father’s student activist past all contribute to his decision to reevaluate the pieces of his life before they are erased by the tides of time.
*15 min post-show dialogue with director Boo Junfeng
2010│92min | In Mandarin, English, Hokkien with English subtitles | NC16 Mature Theme and Sexual Scene
$9 per ticket | $1 discount for Singapore Film Society members (not applicable for bundle deals)
Bundle of 2 per film: $16
Bundle of 4 per film: $28
About the Director
Boo Junfeng has written and directed 2 feature films – Sandcastle (2010), the first Singapore film invited to Cannes Film Festival’s International Critics’ Week and Apprentice (2016), which premiered in May 2016 at Cannes Film Festival under the Un Certain Regard section in the Official Selection. Boo’s works often humanises large topics such as identity, memory, sexuality and human rights, using personal and intimate narratives. He was the youngest filmmaker invited to be a part of the SG50 anthology 7 Letters, an omnibus film commissioned to commemorate Singapore’s 50th year of independence. In 2008, he became the first recipient of the McNally Award for Excellence in the Arts – the valedictorian honour of Lasalle College of the Arts. He was also accorded the Young Artist Award (2009) and the Singapore Youth Award (2011) by the Government of Singapore.
Winner of BEST FILM & BEST DIRECTOR Vietnam International Film Festival
SPECIAL MENTION, Hong Kong Asian Film Festival
"Sandcastle, poignant storytelling; the best home-grown film in a long time."- John Lui, St Life!
"Sandcastle is a thoughtful debut feature that tackles a silenced chapter in Singaporean history." - Maggie Lee, The Hollywood Reporter
"Sandcastle hits the heart as hard as it challenges the state." - Tony Rayns, London Film Festival
(Curated by The Filmic Eye)