Esplanade Presents

Film

Wet Season (热带雨)

Directed and written by Anthony Chen (Singapore)

6 Aug 2022, Sat, 3pm & 8pm

2hrs 30mins

(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Annexe Studio

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Synopsis

It is monsoon season in Singapore and the city is pouring with rain.

 

Wet Season follows the plight of Ling, a Chinese language teacher, whose marriage and school life are fraying apart because she is unable to bear a child. But an unlikely friendship with a student helps her reaffirm her identity as a woman.

 

Anthony Chen’s sophomore feature Wet Season was nominated for six Golden Horse awards in Taiwan where actress Yeo Yann Yann won for Best Actress.

 

Wet Season was also Singapore’s submission to The Oscars for Best International Film.

 

There will be a post-show talk with Yeo Yann Yann and Yang Shi Bin after the film screening. Get up close with the cast members, share your thoughts and have your burning questions about the film and characters answered.

Advisory:

Rating: M18

Mature Themes and Sexual Scenes

Admission Age:
18 and above.
Language: Mandarin
Surtitle Language: English
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Artist Information

Anthony Chen

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Anthony Chen is a writer, director and producer from Singapore. Trained at film school in Singapore and then at the National Film and Television School in the UK, he is the first Singaporean to be awarded at Cannes Film Festival with his 2007 short Ah Ma. After a string of award-winning shorts, his debut feature ILO ILO (2013), premiered at the 66th Cannes Film Festival and was awarded the prestigious Camera d’Or, making history again as the first Singapore feature to be awarded at Cannes. ILO ILO  went on to win 40 awards internationally, including four Golden Horse Awards. 

 

Chen’s sophomore film, Wet Season (2019), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was once again critically lauded, garnering multiple awards. It was Singapore’s submission to the Academy Awards for Best International Film. 

Yeo Yann Yann

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Yeo Yann Yann is an award-winning actress from Malaysia based in Singapore. A familiar name on stage and on screen, Yann Yann trained at the Theatre Training & Research Programme under the direction of the late Kuo Pao Kun.

 

A two-time Golden Horse Awards winner, she was crowned Best Actress at the 57th Golden Horse Awards for Wet Season and Best Supporting Actress at the 50th Golden Horse Awards for ILO ILO.

 

Her nuanced performance as a pregnant mother also won her Best Actress at numerous international film festivals in India, Vladivostok and Dubai.  

 

More recently, Yann Yann also received a Best Actress nomination at the International Emmy Awards for her HBO Asia series Invisible Stories. She is soon to be seen in Netflix action film Havoc, also featuring Tom Hardy and Forest Whitaker and Disney+ series American Born Chinese

Yang Shi Bin

A veteran of Chinese-language theatre in Singapore, Yang Shi Bin has been acting since the 1960s and became known for his work with the late director and playwright Kuo Pao Kun. In the 2016 Straits Times Life Theatre Awards, he won a Best Actor nomination for his role in the play The Struggle: Years Later, staged by The Theatre Practice. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan for Wet Season, his first role on the big screen. 

Date & Time

6 Aug 2022, Sat

3pm

Esplanade Annexe Studio

8pm

Esplanade Annexe Studio
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