London-based Malaysian photographer-cinematographer Darius Shu co-directs his first short film, and goes to Tribeca Film Festival, New York, for the effort.
The 25-year-old informs that His Hands, a 13-minute silent psychological thriller he co-directed with actor Arron Blake, is screened for four nights at the festival which is ongoing from now until May 5. The final two screenings are on May 4 and May 5.
"Having my film premiere in one of the biggest and most prestigious film festivals in the world is amazing," shared Shu via email after the red carpet event at the festival. "You get to see such a great diversity of films, and have people from all parts of the world watch your film.
"I'm extremely thankful and grateful that out of 5,000 submissions, we were chosen to be a part of it," .
That said, the Taylor's University graduate is no stranger to festivals. His start as a cinematographer in Gordon Lewis's 16-minute film Secret Child (2018) was recognised in various international film festival last year including Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards and the Oniros Film Awards in Italy.
His Hands tells the story of a strange encounter between two men of different ages. According to the press release, it was shot over four days in London with a budget of £400 (RM2,139). The short starring Blake and Philip Brisebois explores themes such as ageism and loneliness.
Writer-producer of TV's Sherlock Mark Gatiss described His Hands as "a beguilingly beautiful gem .... that defies easy analysis" on his social media, while UK Film Review wrote: "A compelling and piercing mystery thriller."
The directors decided to make His Hands as a silent film as they want viewers to question what they see and come up with their own conclusion.
Shu added: "It is an incredible feeling to have everyone together at one place to discuss the messages of a film and what it's about. That’s what we really hope for.
"I feel when we create something together as a team, and when it goes out there, it belongs to the audience. W leave that decision to them on how they want to interpret the film.
"It’s all about what they think about the film based on individual life experiences. It's exciting to see each person in the audience start conversations with different perspectives."