Apprentice
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    Apprentice

    Directed by

    Singapore, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Qatar

    2016

    96 min

    • English
    • Malay

    Drama

    Cannes IFF - Un Certain Regard

    Aiman, a 28-year-old correctional officer, is transferred to the territory’s top prison. He strikes up a friendship with Rahim, who is revealed to be the chief executioner of the prison, and one of the world’s most prolific. Can Aiman overcome his conscience and a past that haunts him to become the executioner’s apprentice?

    Awards

    • Grand Prix, Critics' Choice Award - Fribourg IFF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Fir Rhaman
    Wan Hanafi Su
    Mastura Ahmad
    Koh Boon Pin
    Nickson Cheng
    Crispian Chan
    Gerald Chew
    Screenplay
    Boo Junfeng
    Raymond Phathanavirangoon
    Cinematography
    Benoit Soler
    Editing
    Natalie Soh
    Lee Chatametikool
    Music
    Alexander Zekke
    Matthew James Kelly
    Sales
    LUXBOX
    Production
    AKANGA FILM ASIA
    Production
    PEANUT PICTURES
    Production
    ZHAO WEI FILMS

    Press

    Earnest.

    Peter Debruge, Variety

    Directorial flair and thematic complexity.

    Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

    There’s no denying that the country has another formidable filmmaking talent in Boo Junfeng.

    Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

    Boo Junfeng

    Boo Junfeng

    Singapore

    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).

    Selected Filmography