Fan­tasy to the fore

The 23rd Malaysian Film Fes­ti­val was touched by a bit of Magika.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOVIES - By AZHARIAH KAMIN

IT was a night full of sur­prises when fan­tasy mu­si­cal com­edy Magika was named best film at the clos­ing of the 23rd Malaysian Film Fes­ti­val in Shah Alam in Se­lan­gor on Sun­day.

Pro­duced by KRU Stu­dios, it was the di­rec­to­rial de­but of Edry Ab­dul Halim, the youngest of the singers-turned-en­trepreneurs KRU broth­ers. Magika boasted a star-stud­ded cast such as M. Nasir, Ning Baizura, Maya Karin, Ziana Zain, Aznil Nawawi, Mawi and Diana Danielle.

It took home the prize of RM50,000 and a tro­phy. When the FFM23 kicked off last Wed­nes­day, Magika had al­ready won six awards for best cos­tume (Dee Has­nan), best orig­i­nal score (Edry Ab­dul Halim), best child ac­tor (Fimie Don), best orig­i­nal theme (Edry Ab­dul Halim) and best art di­rec­tion (Johan Lu­cas and Anuar Pa­harudin).

It also earned Edry, best new di­rec­tor for his ef­fort.

In his ac­cep­tance speech, flanked by broth­ers Nor­man and Yusry, Edry said that he owed his win to his broth­ers and par­ents for be­ing there sup­port­ing him in his cre­ative en­deav­ours.

“I can fly be­cause I have my broth­ers Nor­man and Yusry who are al­ways on my side and I’m very grate­ful for that.”

How­ever, the biggest sur­prise came when young di­rec­tor Syam­sul Yu­sof, son of filmmaker Datuk Yu­sof Haslam, was named the best di­rec­tor with the film Evo­lusi KL Drift 2.

With his win, Syam­sul, 26, beat the crowd favourite Ma­mat Khalid, whose film Estet show­cased the 1Malaysia spirit. Among other con­tenders for best di­rec­tor cat­e­gory were Ah­mad Id­ham, Farid Kamil and Ja­son Wong.

Look­ing vis­i­bly shaken, Syam­sul, who was in tears, thanked his par­ents and me­dia friends as he claimed the tro­phy and cash prize of RM20,000.

“There are many great di­rec­tors out there, ei­ther in the main­stream in­dus­try or in­de­pen­dent cir­cles who are much bet­ter than me. I hon­estly thought that Ma­mat Khalid would win this award. Be­cause in my eyes, he’s such a ge­nius and cre­ative per­son.

“This award will push me to work harder and I hope this will also mo­ti­vate young and in­de­pen­dent di­rec­tors out there to show off their cre­ativ­ity and ideas to fur­ther strengthen the movie in­dus­try,” said Syam­sul.

The best ac­tor award went to Bront Palare for his ex­cel­lent per­for­mance in Ja­son Wong’s Belukar.

Bront, 32, said de­spite be­ing in the in­dus­try for seven years, he didn’t feel that he was side­lined (in the pre­vi­ous fes­ti­vals) de­spite his sub­stan­tial act­ing skills.

“Life starts at 40, right?” he joked be­fore adding that he is still young and has to work even harder in the movie in­dus­try. How­ever, he felt sad when his friend ac­tress Shar­i­fah Amani wasn’t even nom­i­nated for her role in Yas­min Ah­mad’s Mual­laf.

Ac­tress Lisa Suri­hani, 26, de­spite crit­i­cism of so-called in­con­sis­tent per­for­mances in her movies, fi­nally proved her crit­ics wrong by bag­ging the best ac­tress award for her role in La­genda Bu­dak Se­tan.

“I never ex­pected to win. I was root­ing for Mis­lina Mustafa be­cause I have seen her movie and she was so good! I’m hon­oured and hum­bled at the same time (with this award),” said Lisa.

Both took home RM15,000 and a tro­phy each.

The other win­ners in­cluded Daphne Ik­ing, who bagged the most promis­ing ac­tress award for Belukar, Nurliana Sam­sud­din (best sup­port­ing ac­tress for Ad­nan Semp-It) and Sha­heizy Sam (best sup­port­ing ac­tor award for Evo­lusi KL Drift 2).

The Spe­cial Jury award for ac­tor went to vet­eran Ta­mam Idris, while Spe­cial Jury award for ac­tress went to Datuk Sarimah Ah­mad.

Four films also re­ceived Spe­cial Jury awards – Ice Ka­cang Puppy Love, Woo Hoo!, Estet and Mual­laf.

The late ver­sa­tile singer-ac­tor Datuk Ah­mad Mah­mood, who died in 2008, was named the win­ner of the Sen­i­man Dalam Ke­nan­gan (In Me­mory) award. Held at Shah Alam Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Shah Alam, the Best Film: Magika – KRU Stu­dios Best Film Di­rec­tor: Syam­sul Yu­sof ( Evo­lusi KL Drift 2) Best Ac­tress: Lisa Suri­hani ( La­genda Bu­dak Se­tan) Best Ac­tor: Bront Palare ( Belukar) Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tor: Sha­heizy Sam ( Evo­lusi KL Drift 2) Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress: Nor­liana Sam­sudin ( Ad­nan Semp-It) Best New Di­rec­tor: Edry Ab­dul Halim ( Magika) Best Child Ac­tor: Fimie Don ( Magika) Most Promis­ing Ac­tress: Daphne Ik­ing ( Belukar) Most Promis­ing Ac­tor: Sashi Tha­ran ( Estet) Best Com­edy Film: My Spy (KRU Stu­dios) Best Short Film: Project Genex Best An­i­mated Film: Buas Best Doc­u­men­tary Film: Su­atu Ketika – Laskar Senoi Best Orig­i­nal Mu­sic Score: Edry Ab­dul Halim ( Magika) Best Edi­tor: Hisyam Jupri & Syam­sul Yu­sof ( Evo­lusi KL Drift 2) Best Orig­i­nal Story: Aha­diat Akashah ( La­genda Bu­dak Se­tan) Best Screen­play: Ju­maatun Azmi ( Haq) Best Cin­e­matog­ra­phy: Raja Mukhriz Raja Ah­mad ( Niyang Rapik) Best Theme Song: Edry Ab­dul Halim ( Magika) Best Sound Ef­fect : Brian Ng ( V3-Sam­seng Jalanan) Best Art Ef­fect: Johan Lu­cas & Anuar Pa­harudin ( Magika) Best Com­edy Film: My Spy (KRU Stu­dios) Best Poster: Pre­ston Zaidan Pro­duc­tions ( Belukar) Best Cos­tume: Dee Has­nan ( Magika) Be­hind The Scene Player: Jo­hari Ibrahim Vet­eran Ac­tress: Datuk Sarimah Ah­mad Vet­eran Ac­tor: Ta­mam Idris In Me­mory: Datuk Ah­mad Mah­mud Box-Of­fice Movie: Ad­nan Semp-It Spe­cial Jury Awards: Estet, Woo Hoo!, Ice Ka­cang Puppy Love and Mual­laf fes­ti­val was or­gan­ised by the Fed­er­a­tion of Malaysian Film As­so­ci­a­tion (Gafim) with co­op­er­a­tion by Fi­nas (the Na­tional Film Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion Malaysia) and the In­for­ma­tion, Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Cul­ture Min­istry, and was tele­cast live on TV1 and Astro Prima.

Tri­umphant: Lisa Suri­hani is best ac­tress for her role in La­gen­daBu­dakSe­tan, and Bront Palare is best ac­tor for his role in Belukar.

Win­ners all: (pic from left) Syam­sul Yu­sof (best di­rec­tor for Evo­lusiKLDrift 2); KRU Stu­dios’ (from left) Edry, Yusry and Nor­man Ab­dul Halim (best film for Ik­ing (most promis­ing ac­tress for role in Belukar).

Magika); and Daphne

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