In “A Yellow Bird,” 38-year-old Singaporean-Indian ex-convict Siva (Sivakumar Palakrishnan) returns home from prison after serving an eight-year sentence for smuggling contraband. He receives no forgiveness from his mother (Seema Biswas) who refuses to tell him where his ex-wife and daughter have relocated. While searching for his family, he saves a Chinese prostitute (Huang Lu) from a violent encounter and soon forms a strong connection with her. But after a series of tragedies rudely awaken him to the ugly reality of his situation, Siva must confront some horrid truths within his own world. Watch the trailer for “A Yellow Bird” above.
“A Yellow Bird” marks the feature-length debut of K. Rajagopal, a Singaporean filmmaker who has previously directed a number of award-winning short films. According to The Straits Times, Rajagopal won the Special Jury Prize at the Singapore Film Festival from 1995 to 1997. His short “The Flame” was included in the 2015 anthology film “7 Letters” that highlighted the work of Singaporean filmmakers in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Singapore’s independence. “A Yellow Bird” will premiere at the International Critics’ Week showcase, the oldest parallel competitive section at the Cannes Film Festival. It has historically discovered fresh new talents like Bernardo Bertolucci (“Last Tango in Paris”), Wong Kar-Wait (“In The Mood For Love”), Arnaud Desplechin (“My Sex Life… or How I Got Into An Argument”), and Alejandro González Iñárritu (“Birdman”). “A Yellow Bird” will be competing for the section’s Nespresso Grand Prize as well as the France 4 Visionary Award.