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Singaporean Film Starring Malaysian Actress Chosen For Oscar Bid

The award-winning film stars Johor-born actress Yeo Yann Yann.




The Singapore Film Commission (SFC) has just announced that Singaporean made film, ‘Wet Seasons’ will represent the country at the Academy Awards in the International Feature Film category. SFC’s  director Joachim Ng said in a statement yesterday:


“It is a thought-provoking film which explores human relationships and emotions through the lens of a central female character grappling with her personal identity and marriage. The film has been well received by audiences in several film festivals and we are proud to continue supporting more made-with-Singapore films that transcend boundaries and evoke conversations.”


Written and directed by Anthony Chen, ‘Wet Season’ is a  predominantly Chinese-language film released in November last year and stars Johor-born actress Yeo Yann Yann and young talent Koh Jia Ler. The film follows Yeo’s character, Ling, a Mandarin teacher at a secondary school in Singapore. Ling is faced with struggles at work (where her subject is regarded as a low priority) and at home (her marriage is also falling apart as she and her husband struggle to build a family). However, upon meeting Koh’s character, Kok, the two strike up an unlikely friendship that soon deepens.


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It took a total of six years for the film to come into fruition, following Chen’s first film, ‘Ilo Ilo’ – three years to write the screenplay and another year for casting. Of the nomination, Chen says,


“Wet Season is a labour of love, we couldn’t have done it without the actors and crew who worked tirelessly on this film. I am honoured and humbled that this film will represent Singapore at the Oscars and hope that the film will continue to be seen and move audiences beyond Singapore.”


With the success of the film is recognition for the stars and cast behind it. Malaysian born actress Yeo Yann Yann’s performance in the film earned her best actress award wins at both the Golden Horse Film Awards and the Pingyao International Film Festival.



In addition to her accolades from ‘Wet Season’, it was recently announced that Yeo has also been nominated for an International Emmy Award for her role in the HBO Asia original, “Invisible Stories”. A little different from the Emmys, the International Emmy Awards recognises TV programmes made and broadcasted outside the US. The six-part series was created by another talented Malaysian, Ler Jiyuan, and shot in its entirety in Singapore. In the series, Yeo plays the part of a single mother (named Lian) who is spending her days tending to her 19-year-old autistic son, whose behaviour has only gotten more erratic and aggressive after the death of his grandmother who was helping Lian with his care.



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