En is an 18-year-old who has lost his father to cancer years ago. While waiting for his enlistment into the army, he has to put up at his grandparents’ place as his mother goes on a holiday with a new man in her life.
As En soon finds out at his grandparents’ place, life cannot be put on hold indefinitely. He gets more and more involved with his grandparents’ lives – the routines his grandfather builds around his grandmother’s dementia and which his grandfather fears are no longer sufficient to support her worsening condition. At his grandparents’ place, En also discovers that there may be more to his father’s student activist past than his mother lets on and is determined to get to the bottom of the matter.
As his family is drawn together in a sudden tragedy, En has to decide where his loyalty lies and stand up for what he believes in. But in a country where ideologies are forged on constantly shifting sands, he finds himself struggling to stay true to what he knows to be right. And in a family that prefers to forget, the sandcastles of everything he holds dear seem doomed to be washed away by the tides of time.
- Bobbi Chen
- Elena Chia
- Joshua Tan
- Ng Jing Jing
- Samuel Chong
- Yap Gut Ghee
- Boo Junfeng
- Sharon Loh
- Natalie Soh
- Darren Ng
- ZHAO WEI FILMS
Belying his young age, the Australian-born rookie serves up a quietly observant exploration of the themes of identity, history and memory
... a film of considerable charm and delicacy
I've come to believe that good narrative filmmaking is a craft that requires a lot of life experience.
Boo Junfeng (1983, Singapore) premiered his second feature-length film APPRENTICE (2016) at Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard. It has gone on to receive several awards at film festivals around the world and is Singapore's 2017 official entry at the Academy Awards Foreign Language Film category. His debut feature SANDCASTLE (2010) premiered at Cannes Semaine de la Critique. His career started with award-winning short films, including Clermont-Ferrand Competition entries KATONG FUGUE (2007) and KELUAR BARIS (HOMECOMING) (2008) as well as Berlin Panorama selection TANJONG RHU (2009).