SINGAPORE: Singaporean filmmaker Boo Junfeng has bagged the coveted Rising Director Award for his critically acclaimed Apprentice at the 2016 Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)’s Asia Star Awards this evening (Oct 7). The 21st edition of Asia's largest film event kicked off yesterday and will run till October 15th in the southern South-Korean city.
“Busan has meant a lot to me as a filmmaker as it was here 11 years ago where I attended the first Asian Film Academy,” the 32-year-old shared with Channel NewsAsia right after his win. “The festival has been very supportive of my films since then. It's very meaningful to be recognised this way by the festival.”
Boo flew from Tokyo to Busan to receive the award, and attend the screenings of Apprentice.
Apprentice is only the Singapore auteur’s second film, following his successful debut Sandcastle which premiered at the International Critics' Week at Cannes 2010.
The film has been flying the Singapore flag proudly round the world, kickstarted by a world premiere in the progressive Un Certain Regard section of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, where it received positive feedback from international film critics and a standing ovation. Working hard on the festival circuit, aside from Busan, Apprentice will be showing at film festivals London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Chicago, Philadelphia, Manila and Mumbai this month alone
The tale about the relationship between a young correctional officer and the chief executioner of a maximum security prison also has a packed international theatrical release schedule that includes Poland, Mexico, Turkey, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland and the U.K after it opened in cinemas across France in May.
With Apprentice’s theatrical release date in Hong Kong set for Oct 27, Boo revealed plans for a second theatrical run in Singapore.
“We are planning to have a second run of Apprentice at The Projector from Nov 18 onwards” he said.