Syam­sul Yu­sof wins Best Direc­tor in Cam­bo­dia

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Movies - By ANGELIN YEOH en­ter­tain­ment@thes­

MALAYSIAN filmmaker Syam­sul Yu­sof (pic) was named Best Direc­tor at the 57th Asia-Pa­cific Film Fes­ti­val for his work in the hor­ror flick Mu­nafik.

The event took place in Ph­nom Penh, Cam­bo­dia on July 30. Fi­nas chair­man Datuk Khu­sairi Talib con­grat­u­lated Syam­sul on Twit­ter on July 31, cit­ing “Malaysia berbangga” (Malaysia is proud).

Syam­sul re­sponded by ex­press­ing thanks to God and hope that the lo­cal film in­dus­try would con­tinue to flour­ish. The direc­tor wasn’t present at the event to re­ceive his award.

Mu­nafik stars Syam­sul as an us­taz look­ing to help a woman (played by Na­bila Huda) suf­fer­ing from de­monic pos­ses­sion.

At the same, he strug­gles with his own faith af­ter the death of his wife.

The film, re­leased in 2016, earned RM19mil for show­ings in Malaysia, Brunei and Sin­ga­pore.

It re­ceived five awards at last year’s Malaysia Film Fes­ti­val in­clud­ing Best Film in the Na­tional Lan­guage, Best Ac­tress for Na­bila and Best Direc­tor.

Syam­sul also com­posed and per­formed the theme song for the film, Kalah Dalam Me­nang, which be­came an Anugerah Juara Lagu con­tender.

A se­quel to Mu­nafik is cur­rently in the works and will star Maya Karin and Nasir Bi­lal Khan.

Also named a win­ner at the film fes­ti­val was Malaysian Gwyneth Lee, who re­ceived an award for Best Edit­ing for her work in OlaBola.

Photo: M. AZHAR ARIF/The Star

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