***Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival, Director’s Fortnight***
***Official Selection – Karlovy Vary Film Festival***
***Official Selection – Göteborg Film Festival***
written and directed by Ho Tzu Nyen
A television switches on. A mind snaps. A man discovers his murdered wife. As he stares at her lifeless body, the events leading to her death play before him, like in a movie.
HERE follows the journey of He Zhiyuan, a middle-aged man who struggles to make sense of his reality. Reeling from the sudden death of his wife, he loses the will to speak and is interned at Island Hospital. There, he meets strident kleptomaniac Beatrice with whom he forms an inexplicable bond. As He adjusts to life within, he is selected for an experimental treatment, which forces him to confront the devastating truth behind his past, present, and future.
Meanwhile, a filmmaker visits Island Hospital to document the lives of the staff and patients.
“HERE is a wonderful surprise registering itself in the category of films concealing many elements that take a new direction and meaning well after the end credits.” – Dvdrama
“It looks like the Singaporean filmmaker and artist has got an art-house winner on his hands.” – CinemaNewAsia
Ho Tzu Nyen is a Singaporean contemporary artist and filmmaker whose works involve film, video, performance, and immersive multimedia installations. Ho has shown internationally at major exhibitions such as the Aichi Triennale, Japan (2019), the Sharjah Biennial 14, United Arab Emirates (2019), and the Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2018). In 2011, Ho represented Singapore at the 54th Venice Biennale at the Singapore Pavilion, presenting the work The Cloud of Unknowing. Ho has been collected by institutions such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and participated in several international film festivals, such as the 41st Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in France (2009) and the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah (2012). Ho co-curated the 2019 Asian Art Biennial at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts alongside Taiwanese artist, Hsu Chia-Wei. Ho was featured on the 2019 edition of the ArtReview Power 100 list.