‘I consider myself a Singaporean filmmaker’: The Spanish Man Behind Our Best Movies
Fran Borgia produced Boo Junfeng’s Apprentice and Yeo Siew Hua’s A Land Imagined, and line produced Crazy Rich Asians and Westworld.
Fran Borgia is notably the go-to choice for some of Singapore’s most lauded directors, producing films like Boo Junfeng’s Apprentice, Yeo Siew Hua’s A Land Imagined, K Rajagopal’s A Yellow Bird and SG50 omnibus 7 Letters.
For the uninitiated, Apprentice premiered at 2016’s Cannes Un Certain Regard and won numerous accolades including the NETPAC award at the Golden Horse Film Festival and Rising Director award at the Busan International Film Festival, while A Yellow Bird won acclaim at Cannes Critics’ Week and A Land Imagined became the first ever Singapore film to win the Golden Leopard – the top prize at the much-celebrated Locarno Film Festival.
Not on to rest on his laurels, Borgia also co-produced Lav Diazʼs A Lullaby To The Sorrowful which won the Silver Bear at the 2016 Berlin Film Fesitval and served as the Singapore line producer for the massive hit that was Hollywood’s Crazy Rich Asians, 2014’s Hitman: Agent 47 and most recently HBO’s Westworld Season 3.
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