THE STRONG-MINDED HAN PHILOSO­PHER: FENGYU

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Han Fengyu, 25, is a direc­tor who knows ex­actly what he wants. This in­nate con­fi­dence has not only in­vited com­par­isons (by in­dus­try in­sid­ers) to An­thony Chen, but also helped him gain global recog­ni­tion with his fi­nal-year project Last Trip Home (2014), which he – de­spite his lec­turer’s ob­jec­tions – submitted to the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val. The gam­ble paid off, the 26-minute short about im­mi­grants in Sin­ga­pore be­came the first Sin­ga­pore stu­dent film to be se­lected for the pres­ti­gious Cine­fon­da­tion Se­lec­tion. At home, it won the Best Fic­tion hon­our at the 2015 Sin­ga­pore Short Film Awards. What drives his work “The per­cep­tions of hu­man na­ture and how peo­ple would re­act in morally chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tions. I would like to achieve the ef­fect of yank­ing the chair out from un­der the au­di­ence, prompt­ing them to ask the mil­lion-dol­lar ques­tion about life, which is ‘Why?’.” Who in­spires him “I have an affin­ity for Tai­wanese direc­tor Ed­ward Yang’s work, but there are five film­mak­ers who re­ally shaped my per­spec­tive and craft: Lars von Trier, Michael Haneke, Tsai Ming-liang and the Dar­denne broth­ers.” On changes he’d like to see in the lo­cal film scene “Projects that are bound­ary-push­ing need more sup­port.” Up­com­ing projects “A short film (as yet un­ti­tled), on the ro­mance be­tween a preg­nant do­mes­tic helper and her con­struc­tion-worker boyfriend.”

Last Trip Home

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