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Anthony Chen’s The Breaking Ice Chosen as Singapore’s Entry to 2024 Oscars

Date: 2023-10-04

Anthony Chen’s The Breaking Ice Chosen as Singapore’s Entry to 2024 Oscars

Singaporean director Anthony Chen’s new Chinese drama is set to be Singapore’s submission to the Oscars. His film was selected by Singapore’s Film Commission, for the 96th Academy Awards Best International Film category. By: Dylan Low

Distributed by Giraffe Pictures and Golden Village Pictures

SINGAPORE - The Breaking Ice was Chen’s third directorial attempt to represent Singapore at the Oscars, with his previous films Ilo Ilo and Wet Season being nominated in the same category, but did not make the shortlist.

The film made its world premiere in May, where it was featured at the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival. It received a huge reception, with a seven-minute standing ovation from a 1,000-strong audience.

Chen released a statement regarding his work being selected for the Oscars, “It is an honour once again to be selected as Singapore’s Oscar submission and also even more meaningful in a year when I have been invited into the Academy.

“This film wouldn’t have been possible without the creative talents and passion of our very international team. I look forward to sharing this film with audiences in the United States and around the world.” 

The Breaking Ice stars Chinese actors Zhou Dongyu, Liu Haoran and Qu Chuxiao. It portrays a friendship between three main characters isolated during a winter weekend, as they explore the meaning of life. 

Released on 7th September in Singapore, The Breaking Ice is still currently showing on the big screen, at The Projector and Golden Village cinemas. 

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