Actor-turned-director Michelle Chong’s 2011 film ‘Already Famous’ made it into the Oscars foreign long-list for 2013.
The movie which marked her directorial debut is a rags-to-riches tale about a small-town Malaysian girl who dreams of becoming a TV star in Singapore. Chong also wrote and starred in the film.
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One of Singapore’s best loved comedians, Chong, 35, also stars in her multiple personas in local comedy news series ‘The Noose’. Chong’s movie which represents Singapore is among the record number of 71 countries that have submitted films for consideration in the foreign language category for the 85th annual Academy Awards next year; and it already is facing some serious competition.
'Already Famous' trailer
Entries from around the Asia-Pacific region include South Korean Kim Ki-duk's ‘Pieta’ - which won the Golden Lion in Venice last month - as well as Afghanistan's ‘The Patience Stone’, Australia Cate Shortland's ‘Lore’, India's ‘Barfi!’ by Anurag Basu, Indonesia’s ‘The Dancer’ by Ifa Isfansyah and Malaysian director Dain Iskandar Said’s ‘Bunohan’.
Other entries include Austria's "Amour" from director Michael Haneke, which won the top prize at last May's Cannes Film Festival. The film stars Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant as an elderly couple coping with the wife's worsening health.
Missing, however, is this year's winner. Despite capturing the Oscar in February for the family drama ‘A Separation,’ Iran opted to boycott the event as a response to the anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims" that has sparked protests and violence in much of the Middle East.
Kenya joined the list of submissions for the first time with David “Tosh” Gitonga’s drama ‘Nairobi Half Life’ which tells the story of an aspiring country actor who goes to the big city, Nairobi, in search of fame and fortune.
The long-list will be whittled down to five when the Oscar nominations are announced on 10 January 2013.