'Apprentice' movie poster
His sophomore full-length feature 'Apprentice' was selected to be part of the line-up of the festival's Un Certain Regard section, which presents "original and different" works.
Boo's long awaited follow up to his acclaimed debut feature ‘Sandcastle’ (2010) is shot on location in both Sydney and Singapore.
The psychological drama follows Malay correctional officer Aiman as he befriends a fellow officer who turns out to be the long-serving chief executioner of the prison. Aiman has a crisis of conscience when he is asked to apprentice the older officer, and to one day take over his role.
The movie stars Malaysian veteran stage actor Wan Hanafi Su and Singaporean newcomer Firdaus Rahman.
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Other films featured in the Un Certain Regard section includes Egyptian director Mohamed Diab's 'Esthebak' and Japanese director Koji Fukada's 'Harmonium'.
The festival will open with Woody Allen's Jesse Eisenberg-starrer 'Cafe Society'
The lineup includes plenty of expected titles, from out of competition offerings like Steven Spielberg's 'The BFG' and Jodie Foster's 'Money Monster' to no less than two new films from Jim Jarmusch (the Adam Driver-vehicle 'Paterson' and 'Gimme Danger'), along with films from Andrea Arnold ('American Honey'), Jeff Nichols ('Loving'), Sean Penn ('The Last Face'), Olivier Assayas ('Personal Shopper'), the Dardenne brothers ('La Fille Inconnue'), Nicolas Winding Refn ('The Neon Demon') and many, many more.