Synopsis


Aiman is a 28-year-old Malay correctional officer who is recently transferred to the territory’s top prison. Aiman 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? 

Original title: Apprentice English title: Apprentice Country: Singapore, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Qatar Production year: 2016 Format: DCP Son: 5.1 Lenght: 96' Aspect ratio: 1:1.85 Frame rate: 24fps

CAST


Fir Rahman – Aiman, Wan Hanafi – Rahim, Mastura Ahmad – Suhaila, 
Koh Boon Pin – James, Nickson Cheng – Joseph, Crispian Chan – Randy, Gerald Chew – Hock

CREW


Director: Boo Junfeng Screenwriters:  Boo Junfeng, Raymond Phathanavirangoon Producers: Raymond Phathanavirangoon, Fran Borgia, Tan Fong Cheng Production Companies: Peanuts Pictures, Akanga Film Asia, Zhao Wei Films Co-Producers: Maximillian Leo, Jonas Katzenstein, Tom Dercourt, Sophie Erbe Co-Production Companies: Augenschein Filmproduktio, Cinema Defactor World sales: Luxbox DOP: Benoit Soler Production Design: James Page Art Director: Andy Phua Costume design: Meredith Lee Editors: Natalie Soh, Lee Chatametikool Sound: Ting Li Lim Music: Alexander Zekke, Matthew James Kelly

AWARDS


QCinema 2016 - GRAND PRIX

Saint Louis International Film Festival 2016 - INTERNATIONAL FAITH AWARD

Golden Horse Taipei Film Festival 2016 - NETPAC AWARD

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Boo Junfeng

Director/ Screenwriter/Producer/Video artist

Boo Junfeng (b. 1983) is one of Singapore’s notable young filmmakers. Trained in film schools in Singapore and Spain, his works often centre on themes of identity, memory and sexuality. Since 2005, his short films and talent have won him acclaim at numerous, renowned international film festivals. He is a Singapore International Film Festival regular where he won Best Director, Best Cinematography, Special Jury Prize, Special Achievement Award and twice Best Film. In 2008, he became the first recipient of the McNally Award for Excellence in the Arts. He was also accorded the 2009 Young Artist Award and the 2011 Singapore Youth Award by the Government of Singapore.
His debut feature film Sandcastle premiered at Cannes Film Festival’s International Critics’ Week.
 

Filmography



2004, A Family Portrait | Short Film
Munich International Festival of Film Schools, Best Screenplay, Asolo Art Film Festival, Camerimage International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, Sehsuchte International Student Film Festival

2004, Stranger | Short Film
Singapore International Film Festival - Competition

2006, The Changi Murals | Short Film
Singapore International Film Festival - Competition

2007, Katong Fugue | Short Film
Singapore International Film Festival -Special Jury Prize, Encounters Short Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival - Competition

2008, Beddok Jetty | Video Installation
InDPanda International Short Film Festival,  Asian Hot Shots Berlin Festival for Film & Video Art

2008, Keluar Baris | Short Film
Singapore International Film Festival - Best Short Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Hawaii International Film Festival, Encounters Short Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival - Competition

2008, Lucky 7 | Anthology Film
Rotterdam Film Festival, Singapore International Film Festival, Vancouver, Bangkok, Vladivostok Film Festivals

2009, Tanjong Rhu| Short Film
Berlin Film Festival - Official Selection, Torino LGBT Film Festival - Audience Award, Singapore International Film Festival, Palm Springs International ShortFest & Film Market, Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Encounters Short Film Festival

2010, Sandcastle | Feature Film 
Cannes Film Festival - Critics' Week Competition
Toronto, Pusan, Vancouver, Chicago, Seattle, London International Film Festivals' Official Selection
Vietnam International Film Festival - Best Film, Best Director & NETPAC Jury Award, Hong Kong Asian Film Festival - Special Mention, 
Gotham Screen International Film Festival, Best Cinematography and Special Jury Mention, Singapore Entertainment Awards - Best Local Film and Best Local Director

2015, 7 Letters | Anthology Film
Busan Film Festival - Official Selection