Oscar 2008: My Magic Is Singapore's Oscar Entry

Singapore selected Eric Khoo's “My Magic” as the country's Oscar contender.  The film, which premiered in competition in the 2008 Cannes Film Fest, was chosen by a special committee of the Singapore Film Commission.

“Magic,” which tells the story of the relationship between an alcoholic magician and his 14 year-old son, has mostly Tamil dialogue, with incidental Hokkien. Khoo's previous film “Be With Me” was disqualified at the 2006 Oscars for having mainly English dialogue.

Originally planned for a late October release in Singapore, “My Magic” is now set for a local theatrical run stating Sept. 26, to comply with Academy rules.

Both pics will play at next month's Pusan Intl. Film Festival.