IN TIME TO COME (dir. Tan Pin Pin, Singapore 2017, 62 mins)
Set in Singapore, In Time to Come follows the ritualistic exhuming of an old state time capsule, and the compilation of another. As enigmatic remnants of life from 25 years ago emerge – a bottle of water from the Singapore River, a copy of the Yellow Pages, a phone charger – today’s selection of items are carefully primed for future generations to decode. Interwoven are carefully composed shots of moments we rarely think to preserve: the in-between minutes of daily life spent waiting for things to happen, shot in locales as diverse as the lush jungle to a residential district infused with haze.
This picture of Singapore is both alluring and startlingly strange, already slipping beyond the present its inhabitants struggle to seize it in their hands. Like the time capsules in the film, this film itself is a vessel that transports us through past, present and future, a prism through which we glimpse alternate realities. The latest film presented by observer Tan Pin Pin builds on her previous bold and daring work, but leads its audience into uncharted cinematic territory.
Visions du Réel, Switzerland (In Competition - World Premiere) Hot Docs, Canada (In Competition) Sheffield DocFest (In Competition) Art of the Real, New York