My Magic for the Oscars
The Singapore Film Commission has submitted Eric Khoo’s My Magic as Singapore’s official entry to the Academy Awards, or better known as the Oscars.
Shot on a budget of $250,000 and filmed in just nine days, “My Magic” tells an intimate story of a father and son relationship. In May, it became the first Singapore movie to take part in the prestigious Palme d’Or competition at Festival de Cannes.
Khoo’s last film, Be With Me, was also previously submitted for the Oscars but was disqualified as it was deemed as an English-language film. My Magic has mostly Tamil dialogue with some Hokkien dialect, of which Khoo said he was sure will not run afoul of the Academy’s language rules.
Originally planned for a late October release in Singapore, “My Magic” is now set for a local theatrical run stating Sept 26, to comply with Academy rules. It will also play at next month’s Pusan International Film Festival.