Magazine article Screen International

Arrow Targets Cannes Title 'Apprentice' for UK

Magazine article Screen International

Arrow Targets Cannes Title 'Apprentice' for UK

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Arrow Films has picked up UK and Ireland rights on Singaporean director Boo Junfeng's prison drama Apprentice, following its premiere in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival last week.

Junfeng's tale of a young prison guard being groomed to succeed a prison hangman generated favourable reviews and buyers are also reacting positively to the feature. Paris-based Luxbox handles sales.

"Arrow Films were totally struck by director Boo Junfeng's power and skilful execution," said Arrow's acquisition director Tom Stewart.

"We're excited about bringing this to the UK and Eire audience in the near future and also to be continuing our strong relationship with Luxbox."

Other Cannes deals included to Poland (Aurora), Greece (Weird Wave) and Eastern Europe (HBO) while the film was pre-sold to Singapore (Clover Films), Turkey (Bir Film), Mexico (Mantarraya) and Hong Kong and China (Bravos Pictures). …

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