Drama | 96 min | HD

APPRENTICE

Boo Junfeng

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SANDCASTLE, one can certainly speak of a talented director. Boo Junfeng (b. 1983) was rightly celebrated at the premiere of his movie at the Critics Week in Cannes 2010. SANDCASTLE was also shown at festivals in Toronto, Busan, Vancouver, Chicago, Seattle, London, among many others, and thus proves the strength of Asian film. His movie won numerous prizes, such as Best Film and Best Director in Vietnam and Singapore, as well as Best Camera in Hong Kong. APPRENTICE is Boo Junfeng’s second feature film, which will build on the success of his first work.

Many of his films show a preoccupation with specific places, as well as historical and personal memory, whilst winning awards and acclaim. They have been shown in film festivals around the world. Notable short films include UN RETRATO DE FAMILIA (2004), KATING FUGUE (2007), KELUAR BARIS (2008) and TANJONG RHU (2009).

Aiman is a 28-year-old Malay correctional officer who is recently transferred to the territory’s top prison. He lives with his older sister Suhaila in a modest housing estate.

At his new workplace, Aiman begins to take an interest in a 65-year-old sergeant named Rahim. Soon, it is revealed that the charismatic Rahim is actually the long-serving chief executioner of the prison. Rahim also takes notice of the principled and diligent Aiman. When Rahim’s assistant suddenly quits, he asks Aiman to become his apprentice. Aiman tells Suhaila of his new job position, but Suhaila becomes upset, as their father was actually executed by Rahim. Aiman knew this all along.

Can Aiman overcome his conscience and a haunted past to possibly take over as the next chief executioner?

Production:
Peanut Pictures
Zhao Wei Films
Akanga Film Asia
Co-Producer:
augenschein Filmproduktion
Cinema Defacto
Broadcaster:
ZDF - Das kleine Fernsehspiel
World Sales:
Luxbox
Sponsor:
Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
Aide aux cinémas du monde
Production year:
2016
Locations:
Singapore, Australia
Script:
Boo Junfeng
Director:
Boo Junfeng
Producer:
Raymond Phathanavirangoon
Fran Borgia
Eric Khoo
Tan Fong Cheng
Jonas Katzenstein
Maximilian Leo
Tom Dercourt
Sophie Erbs
Editor:
Doris Hepp
Burkhard Althoff
Cast:
Fir Rahman
Wan Hanafi Su
Mastura Ahmad
Koh Boon Pin
Nickson Cheng
Crispian Chan
Gerald Chew
Script:
Boo Junfeng
Director:
Boo Junfeng
Producer:
Raymond Phathanavirangoon
Fran Borgia
Eric Khoo
Tan Fong Cheng
Jonas Katzenstein
Maximilian Leo
Tom Dercourt
Sophie Erbs
Cast:
Fir Rahman
Wan Hanafi Su
Mastura Ahmad
Koh Boon Pin
Nickson Cheng
Crispian Chan
Gerald Chew
DoP:
Benoit Soler
Prod. design:
James Page
Andy Phua
Costume design:
Meredith Lee
Editing:
Natalie Soh
Lee Chatametikool
Music:
Alexander Zekke
Matthew James Kelly
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