03-Flats

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    03-Flats

    Directed by

    Singapore

    2014

    90 min

    • Cantonese
    • Mandarin

    Documentary

    Busan IFF

    Singapore’s public housing programme —an inclusive space that prioritizes families and intergenerational living— is arguably the most successful in the world. Amidst this backdrop, 03-FLATS follows the domestic experiences of three single women who are at different stages of their lives. Looking from within each flat, the film moves between the women’s distinctively lived interiors and the ordered public spaces beyond. It records how domestic resilience might resist the ennui of mass housing, turning housing into home.
    Combining the documentary genre with formal attention to the spatial nuances in each flat and its occupant’s routines, 03-FLATS is part of a research initiative by Dr Lilian Chee at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore to probe how domesticity—a key component wherein home is produced—could be viscerally represented and experientially encountered.

    Awards

    • Best Asian Documentary - Salaya Documentary IFF

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Lei Yuan Bin
    Cinematography
    Lei Yuan Bin
    Editing
    Lei Yuan Bin
    Production
    13 LITTLE PICTURES
    Lei Yuan Bin

    Lei Yuan Bin

    Singapore

    Lei Yuan Bin (born 1977) is a founding member of the film collective 13 Little Pictures. He was conferred the Young Artist Award in 2012 by the National Arts Council, Singapore’s highest award for young arts practitioners. Lei's directorial debut WHITE DAYS (2009) has been praised by film scholar, Professor Gilbert Yeoh to be “one of the rare films in Singapore cinema that invites the viewer to rethink the aesthetics of cinema.” The film was screened to international audiences in Berlin, Rome, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore.
    03-FLATS, Lei's second feature, is a collaboration with the National University of Singapore's Architecture department and was selected for documentary competition at the prestigious Busan International Film Festival 2014. Also an acclaimed cinematographer, Lei has shot notable independent Singaporean films such as RED DRAGONFLIES, Directed by Liao Jiekai (Jury Prize, Jeonju International Film Festival) and HAZE by Anthony Chen (Berlinale Shorts competition), and most recently, AS YOU WERE , Directed by Liao Jiekai, In Competition in Asian Future of Tokyo International Film Festival 2014. Lei was mentored by film maestro Hou Hsiao-Hsien at the Asian Film Academy (Busan) and worked on Tsai Ming Liang's Visage. Lei is also a Sociology graduate from the National University of Singapore.