Saturday, November 12, 2016

Singaporean film Apprentice (徒刑) in Pittsburgh, November 19.

The the 2016 Singaporean film Apprentice(徒刑) will play on at the Regent Square Theater on November 19 as part of this year's Three Rivers Film Festival. A May 2016 Variety review summarizes:
Privileging psychic scars over physical violence, and battling aggression with introspection, Singaporean director Boo Junfeng’s “Apprentice” shifts its attention from the prisoners to the staff, concentrating on a soft-spoken corrections officer who finds himself on the fast track to become chief executioner on the Malay equivalent of Death Row.

Though he offers a platitude about “wanting to help people” during the job interview, Aiman (Fir Rahman) has his own personal reasons for wanting to work in the Larangan Prison, though his motives emerge only gradually over the course of the film. What the young man doesn’t realize when he lands his new gig is how swiftly he will be brought under the wing of the prison’s chief executioner, Rahim (Wan Hanafi Su), who takes no pleasure in his grisly profession, but accepts the heavy responsibility nonetheless. Nor does Aiman anticipate the obligatory background check they will run on him — and how it will inevitably look when they learn his father was hanged in that very same prison.
The theater is located at 1035 S. Braddock Ave. in Regent Square (map), and tickets are available online.