Malaysian comedy translates internationally

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian film Lelaki Harapan Dunia is making its presence felt at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival (TGHFF), which is happening now at Taiwan’s capital city until Nov 27.

Directed by Liew Seng Tat, the film was screened at the festival on Monday night. It is also one of the films competing for the festival’s Netpac award. The winner for the Netpac will be announced tonight. The last time a Malaysian film won in this category was back in 2012, for Dain Iskandar Said’s film Bunohan.

Lelaki Harapan Dunia (or its English title, Men Who Save The World) made its world premiere at Switzerland’s Locarno International Film Festival in August. Within two months, the movie has travelled to five other festivals, including Toronto Film Festival, Canada.

Liew said it’s a privilege to be selected to represent Malaysia there. He added: “Being shortlisted to compete is great. I am excited and nervous all at the same time.”

The film is set in a village where misunderstanding, false accusations and a couple of hilarious situations take place amongst the residents.

Starring Wan Hanafi Su, Harun Salim Bachik, Soffi Jikan, Jalil Hamid and Azhan Rani, the Malay movie is produced by local businesswoman Sharon Gan and is co-produced by Everything Films (Malaysia), Volya Films (The Netherlands), Flying Moon Filmproduktion (Germany) and Mandra Films (France).

TGHFF is an annual event that is into its 51st year.

Among the stars walking the festival’s red carpet are Gong Li (nominated for best actress in Coming Home) and previous Golden Horse Awards winner Sean Lau Ching Wan (nominated for best actor, The White Storm).

Lee, 35, said the reaction from the audience from Europe, North America and Asia has been very good.

Lelaki Harapan Dunia will make its Malaysian premiere on Nov 24 and will be shown nationwide starting Nov 27.

For more on Lelaki Harapan Dunia, check out Star2 tomorrow.

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