Malaysian actress Sarah Lian bags award at LA film competition

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  • Monday, 06 Feb 2017

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian actress Sarah Lian (pic) took home the Best Supporting Actress award at the Los Angeles Film Awards (Lafa) for her role as Anna in Dax Phelan's directorial feature film Jasmine 

The winners were announced by Lafa Sunday.  

"I won Best Supporting Actress at LA Film Awards! .. Thank you to the LA Film Awards for such an honour!  

"A big congratulations to everyone who was nominated this year," she said on her Facebook page Monday.  

Jasmine is a psychological thriller produced, written and directed by Phelan and revolves around Hong Kong businessman Leonard To who is reeling from the death of his wife.  

On the first anniversary of her death, he meets a stranger who he is convinced has a connection to the murder of his wife.  

Lian plays a model and an aspiring actress in the film.  

Jasmine competed against Magic Radio, The Lurking Man, Dress Rehearsal, Karma and Along the River to also win the coveted Best Picture award.  

It swept an additional five awards: Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Honorable Mention for Sound Design.  

"Jasmine has an intriguing story with a twist at the end that I didn't see coming. The overall production value was excellent with regard to cinematography and sound as well as the lead actor's performance which was superb," the lead judge Skip Bolden was quoted as saying on the Lafa website.  

The film, which premiered at the Hong Kong International Film Festival in 2015, has won numerous accolades worldwide, including the London Independent Film Awards, International Independent Film Awards, Nevada International Film Festival and an International New York Film Festival award.  

Lafa is a monthly film competition for filmmakers worldwide. Every month, its jury awards the best films through private screenings.

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