- RatedM18 /GenreDrama
- LanguageEng / Mly
Singapore filmmaker Boo Junfeng's sophomore effort 'Apprentice' opened to critical acclaim at this year's prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
The film was selected to be part of the line-up of the festival's Un Certain Regard section, which presents "original and different" works. It is one of two Singapore films at the annual event this year, the other being K Rajagopal’s 'A Yellow Bird'.
Here, Boo talks about his film, his lead cast, his second time in Cannes and the filmmaking scene in Singapore.Starring Malaysian veteran stage actor Wan Hanafi Su and Singaporean newcomer Firdaus Rahman, the film 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.
So far, reviews of the film have been overwhelmingly positive.
Film critic Peter Debruge from trade rag Variety described the film as “earnest yet only intermittently engaging”, while The Hollywood Reporter says that it "passes with flying colours".
The latter says that the film's strongest selling point "is how, in a very compact yet pleasingly dense way, it takes viewers into both the world of the executioners and the executed criminals’ family members who remain behind, two often almost ignored categories in films touching on capital punishment".