Anthony Chen breaks new floor with China filmmaking debut

Singapore—Along with his first film shot in mainland China, Singaporean filmmaker and screenwriter Anthony Chen has added one more feather to his cap.

In 2013, the multi-awarded Mr Chen, 37,  was the primary Singaporean to win the Digicam d’Or award on the Cannes Movie Competition for his film Ilo Ilo.

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The Hollywood Reporter mentioned this week that his new film, The Breaking Ice, was a well-kept secret till it wrapped final month. Filming came about at Yanji, a border metropolis within the far north of China.

The Breaking Ice stars Zhou Dongyu, Liu Haoran and Qu Chuxiao, all A-listers in China. The plot centres on the relationships that develop between the three younger grownup leads throughout a number of days of heavy snowfall.

Ms Zhou is finest recognized for the movie Higher Days, whereas Mr Liu stars within the Detective Chinatown franchise. They co-starred in Fireplace on the Plain, which made its debut final 12 months. Mr Qu, in the meantime, starred in The Wandering Earth.

The Breaking Ice was produced by Cover Photos, which the director fashioned alongside Meng Xie, a Chinese language producer. Huace Photos, which co-financed the movie, will handle its distribution in China.

Mr Chen’s first Chinese language film is claimed to be an enormous deal for the Singaporean director, who needed to make an adjustment to China’s wintry climate.

The filmmaker informed Selection, “It was a really memorable expertise particularly for somebody who has grown up in tropical Singapore adjusting to minus 20 climate. 

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I shot rain in ‘Moist Season,’ snow and ice in ‘The Breaking Ice,’ subsequent I’d like to work with numerous sunshine. I used to be blessed with an incredible forged and crew who gave a lot to the movie. By the point I used to be out of quarantine, we solely had three weeks to prep a whole characteristic. However we pulled it off with everybody’s dedication. It was a leap of religion for all of us.”

Mr Chen is finest recognized for Ilo Ilo  which not solely received  the Digicam d’Or at Cannes, however earned him a 15-minute lengthy standing ovation. The movie later went on to win the Sutherland Trophy for the Greatest First Movie on the London Movie Competition.

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His second characteristic movie, Moist Season, in 2019, earned nominated for six Golden Horse Awards.

Final 12 months, he contributed a brief movie to the anthology The Yr Of The Eternal Storm, which was proven on the Cannes Movie Competition.

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