APPRENTICE directed by Boo Junfeng, and Singapore’s entry for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, will open March 3, 2017 in New York at the Village East Cinema.
The film which premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, stars Fir Rhaman, Wan Hanafi Su, Mastura Ahmad, Koh Boon Pin, Nickson Cheng, Crispian Chan, Gerald Chew.
APPRENTICE stars impressive newcomer Fir Rhaman in his first feature film. He plays Aiman, a 28-year-old Malay correctional officer who is recently transferred to the territory’s top prison. At his new workplace, Aiman begins to take an interest in a 65-year-old sergeant named Rahim (veteran actor Wan Hanafi Su). 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, and when Rahim’s assistant suddenly quits, he asks Aiman to become his apprentice. When Aiman, who lives with his older sister Suhaila, tells her about his new position, she becomes distraught, as their father was actually executed by Rahim. Can Aiman overcome his conscience and a haunted past to possibly take over as the next chief executioner?
Written and directed by Boo Junfeng, whose award-winning first film SANDCASTLE (2010) also premiered at Cannes, It boasts the same cinematographer, Benoit Soler, as ILO ILO (winner of the Camera d’Or in Cannes and released by Film Movement in 2014) and is executive produced by filmmaker Eric Khoo. Called a “very well- observed, gritty drama” by The Hollywood News, the Singaporean co-production (Singapore/Germany/France/ Hong Kong/Qatar) is in Malay with English subtitles.