After losing her house and husband, a rural woman named Wang Erhao leads a stranded life with her ten-year-old brother-in-law in a modified recreational vehicle. In search of warmth and shelter in the cold winter, she pretends to be a shaman to rid villagers of evil spirit. Ironically, her juggled deceits often become real, but she soon loses her power to the greed and apathy of others. An escape fantasy, Erhao journeys through a social climate as cold and hard as the icy winter landscape in search of meager salvation.
The film programme for SIFA 2018, curated by the Asian Film Archive, features an international selection of exceptional new works celebrating independent voices across the world. From the adversity of fictive or real-life icons to the positions of the marginalised, the constellation of films hopes to respond to the general sentiment of the festival programming with ideas revolving around the notion of resistance and the experience of the individual.
Continuing the trend from past SIFA film programmes, this individualism can also be experienced and translated on screen through the singular visions embodied by the filmmakers. Valuing the ingenious and the risk-taking in cinema, Singular Screens hopes not only to be diverse in representation but bold in putting together its palette of cinematic adventures. Whether as illustrations of resilience, peculiarity or the extraordinary, the films and their characters will continue to project imagined futures and aspire for alternate possibilities amid larger circumstances.