Three movies will be representing Singapore at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, one of the entertainment industry’s biggest international events, this coming May.
The movies that made the cut: the animated short film Piece of Meat, which will compete at the Directors’ Fortnight section; The Women, a co-production between a Singaporean and a Myanmar film company; and ADAM, a film created by a senior filmmaking student from Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
Directed by Huang Junxiang and Jerrold Chong, Piece of Meat is an 11-minute dramedy about a lamb pork chop that works hard to support its family but falls into despair due to societal pressures. The cutout stop-motion animation is competing against 10 other animated films for the €2,500 (S$3,810) prize in its category. Piece of Meat is the fourth Singapore film to compete at the Directors’ Fortnight, following Be With Me (2005), Here (2009), and Ilo Ilo (2013). Its appearance at Cannes will also serve as its world premiere.
Local audiences will get a chance to watch the movie at the Singapore International Film Festival later this year, The Straits Times reported.
The Women, meanwhile, is a feature film about four females who share a dorm room in Yangon, Myanmar. Through their interconnected relationships with one another, they come to a collective understanding that it’s not money that they need, but their rights as workers and human beings. The movie is competing at the festival’s L’atelier section, which aims to introduce a new crop of filmmakers and their works to other industry professionals around the globe. Directed by The Maw Naing, it was produced by Singapore’s Protocol and Myanmar’s One Point Zero.
Coming from NTU is the short film Adam, Lin Shoki’s story of a young boy and his chaotic family life. Competing at Cannes’ Cinéfondation section, it was chosen from a pool of 2,000 entries sent by schools from different countries all over the world. Lin is no stranger to the spotlight, having won the 2017 National Youth Film Awards best picture trophy for his eight-minute short film Changi, as reported by Today.
This year’s Cannes Film Festival will be held in France from May 14 to May 25.