Wet Season

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Wet Season

Anthony Chen
Singapur/Taiwan, 2019
Features, 103min, OmeU

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Wet Season

Anthony Chen
Singapur/Taiwan, 2019
Features, 103min, OmeU

Cast: 
Yeo Yann Yann
Ling
Christopher Lee
Andrew
Koh Jia Ler
Wei Lun
Yang Shi Bin
Ling´s father in law
Screenplay: 
Anthony Chen
Sound: 
Kuo Li Chi
Zhe Wu
Camera: 
Sam Care
Editor: 
Hoping Chen
Joanne Cheong

Production: 
Giraffe Pictures
HOOQ
Rediance
New Century Influence Films
World Sales: 
Memento Films International
Format: 
DCP
Color

Singaporean director Anthony Chen won the Caméra d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 for his debut film ILO ILO. He returns with his second feature WET SEASON, at once a portrait of an increasingly solitary woman and a patiently observed study that mines underage sex and first crushes for delicate warmth as well as genuine discomfort.
A middle-aged Chinese-language schoolteacher, played by Malaysian actress Yeo Yann Yann, has been trying to become pregnant for years. During her awkward fertility treatment, she realizes that her hopes are being thwarted by the progressive disconnect of her marriage. Meanwhile, a teacher becomes the focus of a young student’s advances at remedial classes.
Told with minimalist touches, through held glances, understated gestures, and monochromatic colors, the story slowly builds to the characters discovering their strengths while severing ties. In the background, Chen offers glimpses of the cultural differences and unrest that propels Malaysians to seek opportunities in the more prosperous, but often soullessly conformist Taiwan. A story of people restlessly looking to the future – until the present stops them in their tracks. (Ela Bittencourt)

Anthony Chen: AH MA (2007, K), DISTANCE (2010, K), LIGHTHOUSE (2010, K), KARANG GUNI (2012, K), HOMESICK (2013, K), ILO ILO (2013).