Enslaved in a surreal world of living objects, a lamb cutlet does whatever it takes to make ends meet.
The short film “PIECE OF MEAT” directed by Huang Junxiang & Jerrold Chong, (a Finding Pictures Production) and based on a short story by Eric Khoo has been officially selected for the prestigious Diector’s Forthnights in Cannes.
CANNES’ DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT
The Directors’ Fortnight or Quinzaine des Realisateurs, is an independent section held in parallel to the Cannes Film Festival. Singaporean films that have screened at the prestigious category are Eric Khoo’s Be With Me (2005), Ho Tzu Nyen’s Here (2009) and Anthony Chen’s llo llo (2013). The Directors’ Fortnight is distinguished from other Cannes categories by its non-competitive nature, appreciation for individualistic directorial styles and independent filmmaking. Cinematic expressions of all forms from short films, documentaries to fictional narratives have been screened at Director’s Fortnight.
ANNECY INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL
The Annecy International Animation Film Festival or Festival International du Film d’Animation d’Annecy, began in the 1960s. It is one of the four international animated film festivals sponsored by the Association Internationale du Film d’Animation (or ASIFA, the International Animated Film Association). The festival features animated films of various techniques such as: animated drawings, cut-out papers and clay modelling. One of the most reputable animation film festivals in the world, the only other Singaporean films to have screened at Annecy is Eric Khoo’s Tatsumi (2011) and Tan Wei Keong’s The Great Escape (2015) and Between Us Two (2017).
A lamb cutlet works herself to the bone to support herself, supporting her younger brother and her sickly mother in a world where the odds are stacked up against them. Her teenage brother, a durian, is a social outcast with failing grades, while her mother’s health is rapidly deteriorating. Longing for individual liberty, the lamb cutlet is trapped by her socio-economic limitations – a vicious cycle which seems far too difficult to overcome.
DIRECTORS / PRODUCERS’ BIOGRAPHIES
Director/animator JERROLD CHONG graduated with a BFA in Animation at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). An avid lover of cinema, he is fascinated by the power of animated cinema as abstract visual metaphor and is driven by a desire to tell sincere stories that examines the depths of everyday life and the complexities of the human experience. His films have screened at numerous international film festivals, including Annecy International Animated Film Festival, Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival. He is currently developing his first feature, “The Art of Charlie Chan”, based on an Eisner awarded Singaporean Graphic Novel by Sonny Liew. This graphic novel also had the distinction of featuring on the New York Times Bestseller list amongst other accolades. This project will be presented at MIFA, Annecy, June 2019.
HUANG JUNXIANG enjoys a good comedy and is grateful to be able to pursue a career in filmmaking. His short film, Give Yourself a Chance, was awarded at the Very Short International Festival 2012. His second, I Will Die screened at Singapore International Film Festival 2014. He has proceeded to produce a number of feature films including In The Room (Toronto 2016), Apprentice (Un Certain Regard 2016), Ramen Teh (Berlin Culinary Cinema 2018) and Buffalo Boys (Fantasia Film Festival 2018).
WRITER / PRODUCER’S BIOGRAPHY
Award winning filmmaker and Cultural Medallion recipient ERIC KHOO who helms Zhao Wei Films, revived the Singapore film industry and for putting Singapore onto the International film map in 1995. He was the first Singaporean to have his films invited to major film festivals such as Toronto, Busan, Berlin, Telluride, Venice and Cannes. BE WITH ME opened the Directors Fortnight in Cannes 2005 and MY MAGIC his fourth feature was nominated for the Cannes Palme d’Or in 2008. TATSUMI, his first animated feature, was invited to the 64th Cannes Film Festival and premiered in North America at The Museum of Modern Art. Besides his filmmaking achievements, Khoo has produced several award-winning films including 15 (2003) and APPRENTICE (2016). He also served as President of the Jury at The Locarno International Film Festival in 2010. In 2012 Khoo headed the juries at Asian Film Awards, Rotterdam International Film Festival and in 2013 the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. He was invited to be on the official Cannes, short film competition jury in 2017. Khoo is the show runner for Food Lore, an anthology series for HBO Asia which will premiere in 2019.
PRODUCTION COMPANY PROFILE
FINDING PICTURES is an independent animation studio, founded in 2018 by filmmakers and designers. We value the incredibly exciting process of discovery, and are constantly searching for new ways of telling stories and communicating ideas.
The studio’s first short film, What Has to Be (2017), directed by Jerrold Chong, has competed at In The Palace International Short Film Festival, and Asiana Short Film Festival. The film also won Best Animation in the National Youth Film Awards in Singapore.
More recently the studio produced Piece of Meat (2019), a social satire directed by Huang Junxiang and Jerrold Chong. The short will premiere at the Director’s Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival and also officially compete at the Annecy Animation Festival.
The studio is currently developing their first animated feature, “The Art of Charlie Chan”, based on an Eisner awarded Singaporean Graphic Novel by Sonny Liew.