Film Screening and Conversation with Director Boo Junfeng
15 September 2020 (Tue), 6:30-8:30PM
At Performance Hall
Boo Junfeng has written and directed 2 feature films – APPRENTICE (2016) and SANDCASTLE (2010) – as well as several award-winning short films. Boo’s works often humanize large topics such as identity, memory and sexuality, using personal and intimate narratives. In 2008, he became the first recipient of the McNally Award for Excellence in the Arts – the valedictorian honour of Lasalle College of the Arts. He was also accorded the Young Artist Award (2009) and the Singapore Youth Award (2011). He is currently developing his third feature film.
Aiman is a 28-year-old correctional officer who is recently transferred to the territory’s top prison, and 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?
APPRENTICE premiered in 2016 at Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section. It has travelled to more than 80 film festivals around the world and distributed in territories around the world. In 2017, it was Singapore’s official entry to the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film category.