Dreaming and Dying
Picture – zoom in – zoom out, on another picture. Rigorously applying this rhythm to the film, Nelson Yeo offers us a grammar, through which we will be able to follow a love triangle, whose turning points are conveyed by the intimate moments (the zoom-ins). These are also the moments where a haunting past and personal memories work as the engine of the story. But this minimalist dispositif is burdened by a wealth of symbols displayed on screen in accordance with a script that is all-too-evident at any step of the film. Dreaming and Dying makes us dream through cinematic memories, but risks slowly dying under its own writing.
Nelson Yeo | SGP-IDN 2023 | 77’ | Locarno Film Festival 2023
Text: Giuseppe Di Salvatore