UCCA Beijing

New Asian Scenery: Snakeskin


Cinema Arts
Location:  Auditorium
Language:  English with English and Chinese subtitles

In order to work towards greater collaboration between filmmakers in Asia, Lantern Cine-Club and Blackfin partner with UCCA to present Singaporean director Daniel Hui’s film Snakeskin, as part of the New Asian Cinema program. The movie revolves around the themes of history, memory, film, politics, and Singapore in the 1950s, portraying the history of oppression and collective spiritual state of unawareness that shrouded the land of Singapore.


30RMB / Adult

20RMB / UCCA member


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About the Film


Director: Daniel Hui

Genre: Documentary

Country: Singapore and Portugal

Runtime: 106 min

Language: English with English and Chinese subtitles

In 2066, a survivor of an enigmatic cult recounts his country's traumatic history and the events leading to the rise and fall of the cult. Through his reminiscence, ghosts from 2014 and before appear as witnesses. Part dream documentary, part city symphony, this film traces the lineage of oppression as inscribed in Singapore’s landscape and collective unconscious.


18:30-18:50 Ticket pick-up at the reception desk (for UCCA members who RSVPed)

18:50-19:20 Exclusive UCCA members-only guided tour

19:00-19:30 Ticket distribution at the reception desk (for UCCA members who didn’t RSVP and non-members)

19:30--21:20 Screening

21:20--22:00 Q&A

*Please arrive promptly.


Daniel Hui (Emerging Singaporean director)

Daniel Hui is a filmmaker and writer. A graduate of the film program at California Institute of the Arts, his films have been screened at film festivals in Rotterdam, Yamagata, New York, Lisbon, Bangkok, and Vladivostok. He is also one of the founding members of 13 Little Pictures, an independent film collective whose films have garnered critical acclaim all around the world. His second feature film, Snakeskin, has won several awards, including the Special Jury Award at the TFFDoc section of the Torino Film Festival.

Xiao Dong Guo (Founder of Lantern Cine-Club)


New Asian Cinema

New Asian Cinema is co-founded by Lantern Cine-Club and Blackfin. Following a monthly schedule, New Asian Cinema has already consecutively held 4 events in Beijing between the end of 2016 and the first half of 2017, where attendees included Vietnamese director Minggui Zhang, Japanese director Kiyoshi Sato, Malaysian director Kek Haut Lau, and Japanese director Tetsuya Mariko. All of these directors brought their works to Beijing and engaged with local audiences and members of the film industry in China. By focusing its efforts and endeavors in Asia, New Asian Cinema aims to, through screening events, create a consolidating, community-building platform that brings together filmmakers and cinephiles, and in this way promote further collaboration between Asian filmmakers and contribute to Asian film industries’ potential for growth and development.


Blackfin Production is a production company focusing on investment, production, and distribution of art films and independent documentaries. Based in Beijing, it has branch offices in Hangzhou, Hong Kong, and Paris, which are responsible respectively for production, project development, international sales and acquisition. For the past three years since its founding, Blackfin has discovered several young promising directors. Their films have been selected into many international film festivals, including Kaili Blues (2015) by Bi Gan (the Best Emerging Director, Special Mention for First Feature in Festival del film Locarno 2015, the Best New Director in Golden Horse Award 2015), Mr. Zhang Believes (2015) by Qiu Jiongjiong (selected at Sign of Life of Festival del Film Locarno), This Worldly Life (2015) by Zhai Yixiang (the Best Feature Film at K26 of Filmfest Hamburg 2015, the Best Art Contribution at FIRST), Knife in the Clear Water (2016) by Wang Xuebo (the New Currents Award in 21st Busan International Film Festival), and Free and Easy (2016) by Geng Jun (the Special Jury Award in Cinematic Vision in 2017 Sundance Film Festival). Director Zhai Yixiang’s new film Mosaic Portrait won Grand Prize million TWD award in Taipei Golden Horse Film Project Promotion (FPP). Blackfin Production aims to continue working towards its cinematic dreams with an international outlook, and persist in making art films and introducing greater diversity to the film industry both in China and abroad.

Lantern Cine-Club

Founded in 2015, Lantern Cine-Club has screened more than a hundred independent films and hosted several directors—along with their film teams—to share insight into the making of their works. Audiences are brought “on scene” as the creators share unforgettable commentary, bringing the action on screen to life and offering new interpretations for viewing the work.

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