Local award-winning director Anthony Chen (Ilo Ilo, Wet Season)makes a much anticipated return this October, with the short film The Break Away, one of the seven stories featured in upcoming anthology film The Year of the Everlasting Storm.
Set to open in cinemas from 21st October 2021 (with Singapore being the first country to premiere and release the film theatrically in Asia), The Year of the Everlasting Storm unites Chen with six more of today’s most vital filmmakers – Jafar Panahi (Iran), Malik Vitthal (USA), Laura Poitras (USA), David Lowery (USA), Dominga Sotomayor (Chile), and Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand), to contribute to this cinematic love letter to film, and chronicling this unprecedented moment in time of life under lockdown.
The film, which was shot across the US, Iran, Chile, China and Thailand, received rave reviews after its international premiere at the 74th Cannes Film Festival earlier in July. Chen’s 24-minute film The Break Away examines a young married couple (played by award-winning actress Zhou Dongyu and Zhang Yu) slowly unravelling while being cooped up with their only child.
“It was so good to get behind the camera again after a tumultuous year that has affected all of us personally and deeply in different ways. This film, even though just a short, was one of the biggest challenges yet for me, as I had to direct the entire film remotely from London with my crew and actors in Beijing. It has once again reaffirmed to me that cinema transcends time zones, borders and distances. The Break Away is as personal as all my previous works and I’m heartened to share it with audiences back home in Singapore,” said Director Anthony Chen.
In the US, Neon, the American production company for The Year of the Everlasting Storm,has partnered with Direct Relief. 50% of all of Neon’s proceeds from the release of the film will be donated to Direct Relief and go towards real-time COVID-19 direct response and assistance through the distribution of funds, COVID-19 tests, supplies and vaccines to the countries and areas that are most hard-hit worldwide.
The Year of the Everlasting Stormwill hold its Asian Premiere in Singapore on 13th October. A special public screening will also be held at the National Gallery Singapore on the same day. This is part of the film programme Still Somehow, It’s Illusions We Recall presented by the Singapore Art Museum in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition, The Gift. Ticket sales are ongoing and can be purchased from the National Gallery Singapore GlobalTix site.
The Year of the Everlasting Storm is distributed by Golden Village Pictures in Singapore, and will be available theatrically from 21st October 2021