As You Were
Directed by Liao Jiekai
Floating, swimming, drowning — Liao Jiekai’s sophomore feature tells three intertwined stories, bound together by sea and city lights, time and memory, happenstance and history. Childhood friends Guohui (Josh Lai) and Peiling (Eshley Gao) reunite as lovers, seeking refuge from Singapore on a quiet island. Others still seek escape, both from the island’s gravity and into the depth of its loneliness. All face the transformation of their city, their memories, their love.
Past, present, future — dense with haunting sensuality and brilliant imagery, the film unfolds into an interrogation of the meaning of failure, the pain of desire, and the hope in open water, shimmering between swaying grass and bustling metropolis. With beautiful stillness and vibrancy, AS YOU WERE tests the inescapability of erosion and the velocity of change.
– Andrew Yeung
Co-Presenter: Kearny Street Workshop
Executive Producer: Tan Bee Thiam
Producer: Leon Cheo
Writer: Liao Jiekai, Gladys Ng
Cinematographer: Looi Wan Ping
Editor: Liao Jiekai, Tan Bee Thiam
Cast: Josh Lai, Eshley Gao, Cheryl Tan, Jerome Chee