Singaporean director Anthony Chen to premiere next film ‘The Breaking Ice’ at 76th Cannes Film Festival

The film will be Anthony’s first Mainland Chinese feature.

Chloe Tham

Published: 14 April 2023, 12:29 PM

Singaporean director Anthony Chen is set to premiere his next film, The Breaking Ice, at the 76th Cannes Film Festival, which takes place from May 16 to 27. This movie will be his first Mainland Chinese feature.

Starring Chinese actors Zhou Dongyu, Liu Haoran and Qu Chuxiao, the film centers on three young adults and their “blossoming relationship” as they travel from the city to the snowy forest over a few short days.

Since making his directorial debut in 2013 for his first feature film, Ilo Ilo, Anthony has gone on to direct several more films. One of which includes Drift, which made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah earlier this year in January.

He has also produced the recent 2022 film Ajoomma, directed by He Shuming. The film was selected to be the Singaporean representative for this year’s Academy Awards, under the Best International Feature Film category.

The Breaking Ice is a contender for the Un Certain Regard Prize, as well as the Jury Prize at the festival.

The Un Certain Regard is awarded to one innovative art-house film annually. It parallels the main competition, the Palme d’Or award. Whereas, the Jury Prize is presented by the jury of the festival to the feature film of their choice.


(From left) Qu Chuxiao, Zhou Dongyu and Liu Haoran in a still from Anthony Chen’s fourth feature film. PHOTO CREDIT: GIRAFFE PICTURES


Anthony will be heading to the Beijing Film Festival later this April, where he has been recognised as the Filmmaker-in-Focus of this year.

Several of his films, including Ilo Ilo, Wet Season, Drift and recently produced film Ajoomma will be screened at the event.

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