SINGAPORE: Award-winning director K Rajagopal's first feature film, A Yellow Bird, has been invited in competition at the 55th edition of La Semaine de la Critique (Critics' Week), a parallel section of the 69th Festival de Cannes, it was announced on Monday (Apr 18).
This will be the world premiere of A Yellow Bird, and it will compete against six other first and second features for the section's top Nespresso Grand Prize, the France 4 Visionary Award and the Camera d'Or.
The film stars local actor Siva Palakrishnan in the lead role, with Chinese independent film star Huang Lu, Indian actress Seema Biswas, as well as local actresses Udaya Soundari, Nithiyia Rao and Indra Chandran in supporting roles.
A Yellow Bird joins Boo Junfeng's second feature film, Apprentice, at Cannes. Apprentice will be screened under the festival's Un Certain Regard section, and this is Boo's second time at the festival after his feature film, Sandcastle, was screened in 2010.
Rajagopal's feature debut is a co-production between Singapore and France, and is supported by the New Talent Feature Grant of the Media Development Authority of Singapore, as well as the World Cinema Fund of Le Centre National du Cinéma et de L'image Animée of France.
K Rajagopal has previously won the Singapore International Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize three years in a row, with I Can’t Sleep Tonight (1995), The Glare (1996) and Absence (1997), TODAY reported. He has also won other awards and accolades for his other short films, including Timeless, The New World and Brother; as well as his contributions to the film anthologies 7 Letters and Lucky 7.