Boo Jun Feng’s critically-acclaimed ‘Apprentice‘ has been selected by the Singapore Film Commission as Singapore’s contender for the foreign-language Academy Award.
The film made its premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival back in May, appearing under the Un Certain Regard section.
It was released in Singapore theatres in June and had an extended run given positive word-of-mouth amongst viewers.
The film explored the theme of capital punishment through the eyes of the protagonist, an apprentice to the country’s executioner.
“Apprentice explores complex and sensitive themes while preserving an honest insight to the characters’ internal conflict and emotions,” said SFC director Joachim Ng. “We believe the film will resonate with international audiences following its successful world premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.”
The film is poised for a festival run in Toronto and London later this year.