You remember her quick, carefree laugh, how she used to play five stones on the dirt floor, and the way her nose wrinkled when she came too near the live poultry stall at the wet market. In between those memories and the present, you realise that the dirt floor has been tiled; gone are the ducks, geese and chickens from villages, from markets; and the lass you once knew is a sophisticated woman in high heels.

That woman turns 50 this year. That woman, is Singapore.

The curves (or lack thereof) of her land, her smell, her temperature – are not the most attractive, and yet, we are drawn to her, are captured in her thrall. If it were possible to write love letters to such a woman, what would they say?

To pay tribute to her Golden Jubilee year, seven of Singapore’s best filmmakers – Boo Junfeng, Eric Khoo, K Rajagopal, Jack Neo, Tan Pin Pin, Royston Tan, and Kelvin Tong – each has composed a letter in moving pictures.

The leading characters in Jack Neo's film. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

The leading characters in Jack Neo’s film. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

7 Letters represents seven heartfelt ‘love letters’ to Singapore, capturing each of the directors’ personal and poignant connection with the place they call home. The 116-minute, English-subtitled film tells of our heartland and its people through tales of lost love, identity, inter-generational familial bonds and tensions, unlikely neighbours, and references to traditional folklore.

Boo Junfeng's film explores Singapore's connection with our neighbour across the Causeway. Credit: GVP

Boo Junfeng’s film explores Singapore’s connection with our neighbour across the Causeway. Credit: GVP

K Rajagopal's piece is particularly emotive. Credit: GVP

K Rajagopal’s piece is particularly emotive. Credit: GVP

7 Letters is fully supported by the Singapore Film Commission (SFC) and was selected as the opening film at the Capitol Theatre. You can now catch 7 Letters exclusively at seven Golden Village cinema locations from August 20 to 26. Regular ticket prices apply. All proceeds, after covering any theatrical and distribution costs, will go towards the 7 Letters’ beneficiaries.

Watch the evocative trailer here:

Visit the film’s official website here.