SARAH LIAN GETS NOD AT FRENCH FILM FEST

She has been nom­i­nated for Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress for her role in thriller ‘Jas­mine’, writes SYAHIRAH MOKHTAZAR

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

FROM the city of dreams to the cap­i­tal of the French Riviera, ac­tress Sarah Lian is car­ry­ing the Jalur Gemi­lang. Af­ter bag­ging the Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress award at the Los An­ge­les Film Awards for her role in the psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller Jas­mine last month, the 33-year-old, who was born in Taip­ing, an­nounced on her In­sta­gram that she has been nom­i­nated for the same award and film at the up­com­ing Nice In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val 2017 in Nice, France.

In her In­sta­gram post, she wrote: “Just found out from the di­rec­tor that I’ve been nom­i­nated for Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress at the Nice In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val (IFF) this May! What an hon­our! All the way in the French Riviera.”

When con­tacted by the New Straits Times, the ac­tress could not help but gush about the news.

“It’s awe­some that peo­ple en­joy the film.

“The Nice IFF is big­ger than other in­de­pen­dent film fes­ti­vals that we’ve sub­mit­ted to, so it’s great.”

Directed by Dax Phe­lan, Jas­mine is a story about a man search­ing for his wife’s mur­derer. Lian plays a model and as­pir­ing ac­tress in the movie.

“Be­ing nom­i­nated is so in­cred­i­ble, but then I re­alised who I was up against — my act­ing coach, Na­hanni Johnstone, who is nom­i­nated for her role in Yel­low Fever. I thought that was a phe­nom­e­nal mo­ment for the both of us!”

“She has coached me for more than a year in Toronto. She’s so amaz­ing and she’s been work­ing with me to help me un­der­stand act­ing a bit more. I’m happy for her.

“Jas­mine is spe­cial to me be­cause it led to great things in Hong Kong and Malaysia.

“It’s per­sonal be­cause the script is in­ter­est­ing and I’m proud to be part of it.”

On whether she will go to the film fes­ti­val, Lian said she’s still in two minds since her sched­ule is tight.

Lian is in Sin­ga­pore prep­ping to host a new show, set to be­gin film­ing at the end of July.

There is no word on what the pro­gramme will be about, but she has hinted that she will be trav­el­ling for the show.

Sarah Lian plays a model and as­pir­ing ac­tress in ‘Jas­mine’.

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