Yas­min’s ‘Talen­time’ to screen in Ja­pan

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

TALEN­TIME, a film di­rected by the late Yas­min Ah­mad, is set to de­but in Ja­pan this month, eight years af­ter its re­lease in lo­cal cin­e­mas.

It will open in Tokyo and Osaka cin­e­mas be­gin­ning March 25.

Talen­time was pro­duced by Chilli Pep­per Films and Grand Bril­liance Sdn Bhd. It pre­miered in lo­cal cin­e­mas on March 26, 2009, and was Yas­min’s last fea­ture film prior to her death on July 25 that year.

The screen­ing in Ja­pan marks the first time the film is be­ing shown in in­ter­na­tional cin­e­mas, other than in Sin­ga­pore, Brunei and at film fes­ti­vals.

Prime­works Stu­dios chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Ah­mad Izham Omar said: “We are proud to have this gem of a movie screened in Ja­pan.

“The world was a bet­ter place when the late Yas­min made her movies. Her in­flu­ence on Malaysian cin­ema is still felt af­ter all these years. My fond­est me­mory of her was see­ing her speak at a sem­i­nar called ‘Fear­less’.

“Her words then have guided my work un­til to­day: If you do some­thing that touches your heart, then you are able to touch some­one else’s heart.”

Yas­min’s sis­ter, Datin Orked Ah­mad, also ex­pressed her grat­i­tude, say­ing: “I feel proud and hon­oured that Yas­min is re­mem­bered and loved for her work.

“I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank the Ja­panese peo­ple and Prime­works Stu­dios for grant­ing the funds for her and her team to make this movie.

“Thank you for keep­ing her legacy alive.”

Talen­time tells the story of a high school tal­ent search com­pe­ti­tion that brings to­gether two peo­ple — a Malay-Bri­tish girl, Melur (Pamela Chong), and an In­dian male stu­dent, Ma­hesh (Ma­hesh Ju­gal Kishor).

Melur, who has a melo­di­ous voice and sings while play­ing the pi­ano, is one of the seven fi­nal­ists of the Talen­time com­pe­ti­tion organised by Cikgu Adibah (Adibah Noor).

Hafiz (Syafie Naswip), who is as good a singer as he is with the gui­tar, di­vides his time be­tween school and car­ing for his mother, who is hos­pi­talised with a brain tu­mour.

Dur­ing train­ing ses­sions, they face chal­lenges and ques­tions about be­lief, racism, love and life.

Yas­min de­scribed Talen­time as “a story full of joy and pain, hope and de­spair, beau­ti­fully-writ­ten songs and rich char­ac­ters”.

Ma­hesh Ju­gal Kishor and Pamela Chong in ‘Talen­time’.

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