SINGAPORE – The drama Moist Season has been chosen by the Singapore Movie Fee (SFC) because the nation’s entry to subsequent 12 months’s Academy Awards within the Worldwide Characteristic Movie class.
The movie, written and directed by Anthony Chen and launched in 2019, stars Yeo Yann Yann and Koh Jia Ler as a instructor and pupil respectively, each coping with emotional stresses at home.
On the 56th Golden Horse Awards, held final 12 months, the movie earned six nominations, together with Finest Characteristic Movie and Finest Director for Chen. It won one award, for Yeo, who took house the Finest Main Actress prize for her portrayal of the instructor Ling.
Moist Season is Chen’s second function as writer-director. His first, the household drama Ilo Ilo (2013), was chosen as Singapore’s entry to the 86th Academy Awards, held in 2014.
In an announcement on Oct 13 asserting the choice of the movie as Singapore’s entry to the Oscars, to be held on April 25 subsequent 12 months, the director of the SFC Joachim Ng mentioned of it: “It’s a thought-provoking movie which explores human relationships and feelings by the lens of a central feminine character grappling together with her private id and marriage.
“The movie has been nicely obtained by audiences in a number of movie festivals and we’re proud to proceed supporting extra made-with-Singapore movies that transcend boundaries and evoke conversations.”
Chen, 36, who is predicated in London, instructed The Straits Occasions: “Moist Season is a labour of affection. We could not have accomplished it with out the actors and crew who labored tirelessly on this movie. I’m honoured and humbled that this movie will symbolize Singapore on the Oscars and hope that the movie will proceed to be seen and transfer audiences past Singapore.”
No Singapore movie has made it to the shortlist of the Oscars on this class, which was beforehand often known as Finest Overseas Language Movie.
Singapore’s submissions in earlier years embody the drama A Land Imagined (in 2019), western Buffalo Boys (2018) and set-in-Thailand highway film Pop Aye (2017).