The Jakarta Post
A still from 'Buffalo Boys'. (Screenplay Films/File)
Action-drama film Buffalo Boys has been selected to represent Singapore at the Academy Awards in the foreign language category. The annual event will be held on Feb. 24 next year.
Directed by Mike Wiluan, the film is a collaboration between Indonesia and Singapore. The production houses involved in this project are Wiluan’s Infinite Studio, Zhao Wei Films and Bart Studio.
Wiluan told The Straits Times that he was shocked and honored. “[It's] terrifying as well as it’s representative of Singapore, so it carries a lot on its shoulders,” the 42-year-old director said.
He explained that both Indonesia and Singapore could submit the film to the Oscars. “But eventually Singapore did it because the regulation allows only one country to nominate the film in the category,” he said to kompas.com.
Set in the 19th century, the film was shot in Indonesian and English. It narrates two Javanese princes who have been exiled to the wild west. They return years later to Java to avenge their father’s death. The film's cast includes: Ario Bayu, Yoshi Sudarso, Tio Pakusadewo, Mikha Tambayong, Pevita Pearce, Happy Salma and Hannah Al-Rashid.
The film premiered at the Fantasia International Film Festival, Montreal, on July 14. It was also screened at the annual New York Film Festival. (wir/wng)