Local movie Interchange heads to Toronto International Film Fest

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  • Saturday, 13 Aug 2016

Representing Interchange (from left) Nicholas Saputra, Shaheizy Sam, director Dain Said, Prisitia Nasution, Iedil Putra and producer Nandita Solomon at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland. Photo: Festival del film Locarno / Massimo Pedrazzini

Interchange makes another international stop. After its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland on Aug 5, the film, directed by Dain Iskandar Said, will travel to Canada for the Toronto International Film Festival.

The event which runs from Sep 8-18 marks Interchange’s North American premiere. Screen Daily reported that film will be featured in the Vanguard section alongside Spanish-Canadian monster movie Collosal which stars Anne Hathaway and Chung Mong Hong’s Taiwanese crime drama Godspeed.

Actor Shaheizy Sam who plays Detective Man in Interchange was at the Locarno Film Festival with co-stars Iedil Putra, Prisitia Nasution, Nicholas Saputra and director Dain.

Shaheizy shared his excitement on Interchange’s international reception in a Facebook post on Aug 5: “I feel very grateful to be standing here in front of thousands of viewers who supported our local film.

Shaheizy at the Interchange premiere in Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland. Photo: EPA
Shaheizy at the Interchange premiere in Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland. Photo: EPA

“Despite not understanding our language, they still wanted to know about us through the film. Be proud of what we have. Even though we’re small, we can still achieve results if we believe in ourselves. Nothing is impossible in life. Just keep going!”

He included hashtags #SayaSokongOrangSaya and #InterchangeFilm in the post. Variety also reported that Interchange is one of three films which led sales figure in Locarno Film Festival. The film is a supernatural drama about a series of gruesome ritualistic murder occuring in the city. Detective Man is tasked with solving the case and he seeks the help of Adam, a forensics photographer (Iedil) who is haunted by what he saw at one of the crime scenes.

Interchange is set to open in Malaysian cinemas nationwide on Dec 1.

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