Apprentice






TITLE
APPRENTICE
by Boo Junfeng
Singapore, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Qatar
2016


SYNOPSIS
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?


ACCOLADES
69th Cannes Film Festival 2016 (France)
  • Un Certain Regard, Official Selection

21st Busan International Film Festival 2016 (South Korea)
  • Rising Director Award

4th QCinema International Film Festival 2016 (Philippines)
  • Best Film, Asian New Wave Competition

53rd Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2016 (Taiwan)
  • NETPAC Award

41st Toronto International Film Festival 2016 (Canada)
  • Official Selection

36th Hawaii International Film Festival 2016 (USA)
  • Official Selection

25th St. Louis International Film Festival 2016 (USA)
  • International Faith Award

31st Fribourg International Film Festival 2017 (Switzerland)
  • Grand Prix & Critics Award

Singapore’s 2017 Entry at the 89th Academy Awards
  • Best Foreign Language Film 


QUOTES
“Suspenseful… Tightly focused and ambitious.”
— Screen International


“Formidable filmmaking talent.”
— The Hollywood Reporter

“Fascinating and well-directed.”
— South China Morning Post


CREDITS
Writer & Director: BOO JUNFENG 
Story: BOO JUNFENG, RAYMOND PHATHANAVIRANGOON  
Producers: RAYMOND PHATHANAVIRANGOON, FRAN BORGIA, TAN FONG CHENG
Executive Producers: ERIC KHOO, PANG HO-CHEUNG, SUBI LIANG, JIM ROGERS, PAIGE PARKER
Co-Producers: JONAS KATZENSTEIN, MAXIMLIAN LEO, TOM DERCOURT, SOPHIE ERBS
Associate Producers: HUANG JUNXIANG, RACHEL HIGGINS, PHILLIPP STENDEBACH 
Director of Photography: BENOIT SOLER 
Production Designer: JAMES PAGE 
Art Director: ANDY PHUA
Costume Designer: MEREDITH LEE
Editors: NATALIE SOH, LEE CHATAMETIKOOL
Supervising Sound Editor: TING LI LIM
Composers: ALEXANDER ZEKKE, MATTHEW JAMES KELLY

Cast: FIR RAHMAN, WAN HANAFI SU, MASTURA AHMAD, KOH BOON PIN, NICKSON CHENG, CRISPIAN CHAN, GERALD CHEW

An AKANGA FILM ASIA, PEANUT PICTURES, ZHAO WEI FILMS Production in Co-Production with AUGENSCHEIN FILMPRODUKTION, CINEMA DEFACTO in association with MAKING FILM PRODUCTIONS, INFINITE FRAMEWORKS


TECHNICAL SPECS
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Colour
Countries: SINGAPORE, GERMANY, FRANCE, HONG KONG, QATAR
Languages: MALAY, ENGLISH
Runtime: 96’
Sales Agent:  LUXBOX


TRAILER
Official DVD 

APPRENTICE Special Collector’s DVD Box Set available for online purchase at OBJECTIFS
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