Film­maker Eu’s film cho­sen for Venice fest

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

FILM­MAKER Amanda Eu’s Lebih Senang Jaga Sekandang Lembu will be com­pet­ing in the up­com­ing Oriz­zonti Short Films Com­pe­ti­tion at the 74th Venice In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, which runs from Aug 30 to Sept 9 at Lido, Venice, in Italy.

The Kuala Lumpur-based Eu could not con­tain her ex­cite­ment when she learnt about the good news via email.

In fact, Eu, who was out with her friends at the time, had to read her email 10 times over in or­der to con­vince her­self of the news.

“I was jump­ing up and down when it fi­nally sank in. I just couldn’t be­lieve it at first,” said Eu, 32, in Bangsar re­cently.

The hard­est thing af­ter that was to keep the news a se­cret un­til the of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment was made by the fes­ti­val’s di­rec­tor.

“It was dif­fi­cult to just go on about with my life as usual while keep­ing it to my­self,” said Eu, who also wrote the story for the film.

“Now, I can fi­nally tell the world that I’m go­ing to Venice!” she added.

Eu will be fly­ing to the pic­turesque Ital­ian city later this month.

Last year, Eu took part in the As­tro Short­cuts Work­shop, a short film fund­ing scheme ini­ti­ated by As­tro Shaw, where her script was among the top three win­ners.

She re­ceived a RM40,000 grant and was given six months to com­plete her project.

Eu, who stud­ied at the Lon­don Film School in the United King­dom, took only three days to shoot the film.

Set in a re­mote Malaysian vil­lage, the 18-minute com­ing-of-age film stars Shar­i­fah Aryana Syed Zainal Rashid and Sofia Sabri. It tells of two teenagers, one of them a pon­tianak, who strikes an un­canny friend­ship in their re­mote vil­lage. When one of them dis­cov­ers the other’s dark se­cret, changes soon take place.

A drama about friend­ship and find­ing strength dur­ing a dark time, Eu said part of the story was based on her per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence.

“My mem­o­ries of grow­ing up as a teenager helped shape the story in the film. All of us have been through many ups and downs in life. It’s all about see­ing those chal­lenges in a pos­i­tive light and mak­ing the best of it,” she said.

Lebih Senang Jaga Sekandang Lembu will be screened at the fes­ti­val in Malay, with English sub­ti­tles.

“I hope the in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence will en­joy the movie as much as I en­joyed mak­ing it,” said Eu, who had pre­vi­ously di­rected two other short­ies, Pasak and See­saw.

Pro­duced by As­tro Shaw, the film will be com­pet­ing against 13 other se­lected works from around the world, in­clud­ing France, Australia, Brazil and Thailand. By Loong Wai Ting

PIC BY MOHD KHAIRUL HELMY MOHD DIN

Film­maker Amanda Eu’s ‘Lebih Senang Jaga Sekandang Lembu’ will be screened at the 74th Venice In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val.

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