Anthony Chen’s highly anticipated second film, Wet Season, will have its world premiere next month (Sept 8) at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Together again: 'Wet Season' reunites 'Ilo Ilo' actors Yeo Yann Yann and Koh Jia Ler.
Chen’s follow-up to his Cannes Camera d’Or and Golden Horse Award-winning debut Ilo Ilo, is the first Singapore film to compete in the festival’s Platform Competition. It’s also the only Asian entry in the section.
Wet Season stars Ilo Ilo’s Yeo Yann Yann as a Chinese language teacher struggling to conceive a child, and Koh Jia Ler (who was Yeo’s son in Ilo Ilo) as a student she forms an unlikely friendship with.
Calling the shots: Anthony Chen on the set of 'Wet Season'.
In May, the London-based Chen told 8 DAYS that Wet Season is nothing like his debut. “Ilo Ilo is a PG13 fim,” said Chen who shot film in Singapore last year. “I’m pretty sure [the new film] is going to get at least an M18.”
The 35-year-old filmmaker added, “I think it’s very important that everyone goes into this new film, not thinking that it’s Jia Ler and Yann Yann from Ilo Ilo. They need to go in fresh.”
Hug it out: The poster of 'Wet Season'.
Wet Season is scheduled to open here in November. Visit the film’s Facebook page for more news and updates.