Malaysian film Interchange goes international

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  • Tuesday, 02 Aug 2016

At some point in Interchange, Nicholas Saputra's character grows wings and feathers. Photos: Apparat

Update: Interchange will be released in cinemas nationwide on Dec 1.

Dain Iskandar Said’s previous film Bunohan made its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. His latest, titled Interchange, makes its world premiere at Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland, on Aug 5.

“It’s going to be screened at Piazza Grande,” said producer Nandita Solomon. “This is the first time a Malaysian film is going to be screened at this particular venue.”

Piazza Grande is the main open air screening venue for the film festival, with an impressive capacity of up 8,000 people.

Interchange will be screened at 11.30pm, right after Jason Bourne’s Northern European premiere,” shared Nandita, gleefully. “This shows the festival believes in our film.”

“I am excited to go, of course. We all are,” added Dain, who will be flying to Locarno on Aug 3, with Nandita. Joining them are the Interchange cast – Shaheizy Sam, Iedil Putra, Nicholas Saputra and Prisia Nasution – director of photography Jordan Chiam, music director Luka Kuncevic and June Tan, one of the film’s screenwriters.

According to Nandita, the film caught the attention of the festival representatives at the Marche Du Film, Festival De Cannes in May, a film market event that brings together international film folk to buy or sell their films and projects. She added that after Switzerland, the film will be travelling to another festival ... although she could not divulge on the location just yet.

“It’s another one we are excited about,” was all she was willing to say.

Director Dain Iskandar with actors Iedil Putra and Prisia on the set of Interchange which was shot in just 36 days.
Director Dain Iskandar Said with actors Iedil Putra and Prisia Nasution on the set of Interchange which was shot in just 36 days.

In May, it was reported Dain’s film was picked up by a Paris-based company for international distribution.

Interchange is a supernatural-noir-fantasy which sees police detective (Shaheizy) investigating a series of gruesome ritualistic murders. It leads him to Adam (Iedil), a crime scene photographer. From the film’s official trailer too, we know that Nicholas’s character is some sort of hybrid as he transforms into a bird-like creature.

It was shot in March and April last year, around Klang Valley area including Bukit Bintang and Chow Kit. One of the filming locations was the library at Menara Star, in Petaling Jaya, which sees Iedil’s character searching for a particular photograph in the archives. While the shoot was only 36 days, its editing and post-production process took a long time as the film has loads of special effects.

“We worked on the special effects with four different companies: three Malaysian-based – Mira Digital, Studio Voxel and Imagica SEA – and Tre14 Asia, which is based in The Philippines. There are all kinds of hybrids in Interchange and this required special effects,” explained Nandita.

As for when the film is showing in Malaysia, Nandita said it would be sometime this year: “The censorship has approved the film, with no cuts at all.”

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