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Singapore filmmaker K Rajagopal's 'A Yellow Bird' flies to Cannes

By Zaki JufriMovies - 18 April 2016 10:00 PM | Updated 10:30 AM

Singapore filmmaker K Rajagopal's 'A Yellow Bird' flies to Cannes

It’s a moment most Singapore cinephiles and film industry folk have been waiting for.

Award-winning director K Rajagopal's first feature film, ‘A Yellow Bird’ is (finally!) complete, and has been invited in competition at the 55th edition of La Semaine de la Critique (Critics' Week), a parallel section of the 69th Festival de Cannes.

This will be the world premiere of ‘A Yellow Bird’, and it will compete against six other first and second features for the section's top Nespresso Grand Prize, the France 4 Visionary Award and the Camera d'Or.

The movie chronicles the journey of a man newly released from prison as he tries to reconnect with those he has hurt: his mother, his ex-wife and his daughter, except he learns that his past actions have led to an irreversible tragedy, and he becomes determined to seek redemption at any cost.

It stars local actor Siva Palakrishnan in the lead role, with Chinese film star Huang Lu, Indian actress Seema Biswas, as well as local actresses Udaya Soundari, Nithiyia Rao and Indra Chandran in supporting roles.

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‘A Yellow Bird’ joins Boo Junfeng's second feature film, ‘Apprentice’, at Cannes. ‘Apprentice’ will be screened under the festival's Un Certain Regard section, and this is Boo's second time at the festival after his feature film, ‘Sandcastle’, was screened in 2010.

Rajagopal's feature debut is a co-production between Singapore and France, and is supported by the New Talent Feature Grant of the Media Development Authority of Singapore, as well as the World Cinema Fund of Le Centre National du Cinéma et de L'image Animée of France.

The veteran filmmaker was first recognised when he took home the Singapore International Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize three years consecutively. His films, ‘I Can’t Sleep Tonight’ (1995), ‘The Glare’ (1996) and ‘Absence’ (1997) have been featured at international festivals around the world. 

His works have also been commissioned by the Singapore Arts Festival and Theatreworks, as well as the National Museum of Singapore. ‘Timeless’ premiered at the Museum’s retrospective of his short films that same year, and in 2011, was in competition at the Oberhausen Short Film Festival.

He also contributed to the critically acclaimed ‘7 Letters’ and ‘Lucky 7’ anthologies.