19 Apr – Another Singaporean movie has been selected to screen at this year's Cannes Film Festival, this time in the form of K. Rajagopal's feature film, "A Yellow Bird".
The Singapore-France co-production will not only be screened at the festival's 55th Critics' Week, but will also be competing against six other movies under the same section.
It will be competing for the top Nespresso Grand Prize and France 4 Visionary Award, and since this is the director's first feature-length work, he will also be up for Camera d'Or, which director Anthony Chen previously won for his 2013 movie, "Ilo Ilo".
"A Yellow Bird" follows Siva, a Singaporean-Indian ex-convict who is released after eight years behind bars. He later saves a Chinese prostitute from a violent man and they soon begin a romance. But she is deported back to China. His life turns for the worse when his mother dies and he finds out a haunting secret about his family.
Last week, it was announced that Singapore's "Apprentice", directed by Boo JunFeng and starring Fir Rahman and veteran Malaysian actor Wan Hanafi Su, has been picked for the Un Certain Regard section.
The two Singaporean directors whose movies are headed for Cannes this year previously worked together in contributing to the 2015 movie "7 Letters", with K. Rajagopal directing his segment, "The Flame", and Boo Junfeng helming "Parting".
The 69th Cannes Film Festival is happening from 11 to 22 May 2016, with the 55th Critics' Week taking place from 12 to 20 May 2016.