Wednesday, February 07, 2007
MALAYSIAN CINEMA—Rotterdam & Elsewhere
I gotta love the San Francisco Film Society. Not only did they turn me on to Malaysian cinema a couple of years back when they had their showcase during the International, but they continue to keep me abreast, via Dennis Lim at indieWIRE who—reporting Bayside from the International Film Festival Rotterdam—notes the "moment of heightened visibility" for Malaysian cinema, categorizes some of the "movement's" signature characteristics—"patient realism characterized by long takes, a fondness for ellipses, and a focus on stoic, alienated youth"—and alternate funding, and focuses on the latest ventures of the filmmakers introduced to San Franciscan audiences at the SFIFF Malaysian Showcase. Hopefully this new work will show up at SFIFF 50.
One of the best things that could have happened to help keep me in touch with Malaysian cinema has been the addition of Allan Koay ("The Visitor") to the Twitch team. Since he's been aboard he's posted an interview with Yasmin Ahmad, a trailer of her Berlinale-bound Mukhsin, an overview of what Malaysia offered in 2006 and what to expect in 2007, reviews of Ciplak, After This Our Exile, Possessed, Love Conquers All, and much more.