Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner 'Clemency' produced by Malaysian company

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  • Thursday, 07 Mar 2019

Alfre Woodard and Alex Castillo in 'Clemency' by Chinonye Chokwu, Grand Jury Prize winner at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Photo courtesy of Sundance Institute

Did you know that prison drama Clemency, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2019 Sundance Film Fest on Feb 3, was produced by a Malaysian company?

Starring Alfre Woodard, Richard Schiff and Aldis Hodge, Clemency is one of two films financed and produced by Ace Pictures Entertainment Sdn Bhd which were selected to compete in this year's festival.

Widely acclaimed as one of the best films at Sundance, Clemency tells of prison warden Bernadine Williams (Woodard), who wrestles with the psychological and emotional toll that comes with carrying out death row executions.

As she prepares to execute another inmate, she must confront the demons of her job, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.

Ace Pictures also produced another film that was selected to compete – Imaginary Order, a dramedy with Bridesmaids star Wendi Mclendon-Covey.

Kate Alberts and Wendi McLendon Covey in Imaginary Order, an official selection of the US Dramatic Competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Photo: Sundance Institute

Clemency is Ace Picture's first fully-financed movie of 2018. It is co-produced by Timur Bekbosunov and Peter Wong, president of Ace Pictures Entertainment, and executive produced by Annie Chang, Calvin Choong, Emma Lee and Johnny Chang from Ace Pictures.

Established in 2017, Malaysia-based Ace Pictures ventured into Hollywood and has produced 10 films to date, including a high-profile collaboration with Angelina Jolie on the fantasy drama Come Away, set to be released later this year.

The company's latest project, Colour Out Of Space, is a collaboration with Elijah Wood's SpectreVision and stars Nicolas Cage.

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