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Cannes Film Festival 2016 – Official Selection

 Un Certain Regard

Status : completed
A film by : Boo Junfeng
Written by : Boo Junfeng

2nd feature
96 min – drama
Malay, English speaking

Shot in : Fall 2014
Starring : 
Fir Rahman, Wan Hanafi Su, Mastura Ahmad

Synopsis :

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

Producers : Peanut Pictures – Raymond Phathanavirangoon (Singapore), Akanga Film Asia – Fran Borgia (Singapore) – Zhao Wei Films – Tan Fong Chen (Singapore)
Executive Producers : Eric Khoo, Pang Ho-Cheung, Subi Liang, Jim Rogers, Paige Parker
In coproduction with : Cinema Defacto – Sophie Erbs & Tom Dercourt (France), Augenschein Filmproduktion – Maximilian Leo & Jonas Katzenstein (Germany)
With the participation of : ZDF / Das Kleine Fernsehspiel / arte,  Singapore Film Commission, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Busan Asian Cinema Fund, TorinoFilmLab / Creative Europe MEDIA, Région Ile-de-France, CNC – Aide aux Cinemas du Monde / Institut Français, Doha Film Institute