Eric Khoo’s My Magic to compete at Cannes
Eric Khoo’s latest feature, My Magic, is selected for the official Cannes Film Festival competition. It will make its debut at the prestigious film festival and be up in the running with nineteen other features for the Palme d’Or.
The director reveals his joy to local media, saying, “‘I’m still on a mental high. Going to the main competition in Cannes is like competing in the foreign language films category at the Oscars.”
The Cannes Film Festival will take place from 14 May to 25 May, with competing films screening at the Grand Theatre Lumiere. This announcement came late this afternoon, with more details to be released as the festival draws near. Watch this space for more updates â€“ meanwhile, take a look at the snazzy new official poster released by the festival (left).
Eric Khoo is no stranger to the Cannes Film Festival, with three of his previous films making it big at Cannes. They include Mee Pok Man, 12 Storeys and Be With Me, with the latter playing as the opening film of the Director’s Fortnight at the festival. This year he competes against Hollywood heavyweights such as Clint Eastwood and Steven Soderbergh.
My Magic will be his first Tamil film, with 80% of the dialogue in Tamil in a story inspired by Singaporean fire-eater Francis Bosco. It was shot in a marathon 8-day schedule last December. The film revolves around an alcoholic magician who tries to reconnect with his 14-year-old son.
Other Singaporean films that have made it to Cannes include Anthony Chen’s Ah Ma and Ekachai Uekrongtha’s Pleasure Factory.