Boo Junfeng, director of Apprentice shares his favourite things

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Boo Junfeng, director of Apprentice shares his favourite things
The Singaporean director of Apprentice — which had its world premiere under the Un Certain Regard category in Cannes Film Festival 2016 last week — shares his favourite moments in film

Favourite era in film:

"Probably the '50s to '60s, from (Yasujiro) Ozu to (Federico) Fellini to (Jean-Luc) Godard. Many societies around the world were recovering from World War II, the Cold War was happening and pop culture was on the rise. It was an inspiring period for cinema."

Director Jean-Luc Godard and actress Anna Karina on set in 1960

Favourite film soundtrack:

"(There are) so many movie soundtracks that I love. The music of Ryuchi Sakamoto, Alexandre Desplat, Ennio Morricone and many more. 
The music that they compose are always so evocative and cinematic."

Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne and Cong Su with their Best Original Score Oscars for The Last Emperor in 1988
Favourite local actor and actress:

"I like working with actors who challenge themselves. It's hard to pick my favourites, but I really enjoyed working with Mastura Ahmad and Fir Rahman on my new feature film, Apprentice."

Boo Junfeng with Wan Hanafi Su, Mastura Ahmad anBoo Junfeng with Wan Hanafi Su, Mastura Ahmad and Fir Rahman at Cannes Film Festival 2016d Fir Rahman

Favourite book:

"I'd say 
The Catcher In The Rye. It's one of the first books that I read entirely and it still stays with me."

The Catcher in the Rye

Favourite drink:

"A good mojito in summer always does it for me. In winter, I'll take anything that keeps me warm!"


will be released in theatres on 30 June. For more on the Cannes Film Festival 2016, click here.

Text: Adibah Isa

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