Sweet re­venge

Lo­cal film Buno­han, which has made a name for it­self in­ter­na­tion­ally, fi­nally wins on home ground.

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

THE crit­i­cally-ac­claimed lived up to its star billing when it was named Best Film at the 25th Malaysian Film Fes­ti­val (FFM25) last week­end at the Pu­tra­jaya In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

If any­thing, last Satur­day night be­longed to the cast and crew of Buno­han as the film won eight awards out of the 13 it was nom­i­nated for.

The awards night kicked off pos­i­tively for Buno­han when the first award – for Best Orig­i­nal Story – went to its film­maker Dain Iskan­dar Said.

Buno­han fur­ther re­ceived four awards: Best Film, Best Di­rec­tor, Best Screen­play and Best Sound Edit­ing. Faizal Hussien, the film’s star, re­ceived the Best Ac­tor award for his role as a hired assassin named Il­ham.

Dain, who ac­cepted most of the awards, tried to hold back tears as he re­ceived his Best Di­rec­tor tro­phy. In his speech, he men­tioned what a long jour­ney it had been for him to get to this point.

For him, his Best Di­rec­tor win, as well as Buno­han’s Best Film win, was in­deed “sweet re­venge”.

“It has been a long jour­ney for Buno­han. It took us four years to see the movie in the cinemas and we have trav­elled quite a bit abroad but still at the end, to be recog­nised here in the coun­try is the ul­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence one could ever have.

“When I made the movie, it was about us and our cul­ture and it was meant for our con­sump­tion. No mat­ter how far I went and how much recog­ni­tion the movie has ac­cu­mu­lated overseas, noth­ing can beat the feel­ing of get­ting an ac­knowl­edg­ment in my own coun­try,” said Dain.

It was a bit­ter­sweet ex­pe­ri­ence for Faizal, too. Af­ter be­ing in­volved in the lo­cal movie in­dus­try for more than 30 years, Faizal, 45, was grate­ful for the award.

“Thank God that Eman Manan isn’t com­pet­ing tonight! Oth­er­wise he would bag home this award for sure!” said Faizal who con­sid­ers the mul­ti­ple award-win­ning ac­tor Eman as his fiercest ri­val in busi­ness.

“I’m also grate­ful to Dain for his

“I’m so grate­ful for this award and I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the late Yas­min Ah­mad,” said Syafie in tears.

The Best Ac­tress award went to Maya Karin for her role in Om­bak Rindu. How­ever, Maya is cur­rently in Bri­tain and was not able to ac­cept her award. Om­bak Rindu also won the Box Of­fice Award.

Among the other win­ners for the night were Most Promis­ing Di­rec­tor (Syafiq Yu­sof for the movie SAM), Most Promis­ing Ac­tor (Iz­zue Is­lam, 29 Fe­bru­ari), Most Promis­ing Ac­tress (Jojo Goh, 29 Fe­bru­ari) and Best Cine­matog­ra­phy for Haris Hue Ab­dul­lah ( Songlap).

The movie Pe­tal­ing Street Warriors was named Best Non-Malay Film while Datuk Aziz Sat­tar and Mar­i­ani Is­mail re­ceived the Life­time Achieve­ment Award for their con­tri­bu­tions to the film in­dus­try.

Also, Lai Meng and Mano Maniam won Spe­cial Jury Awards for their con­tri­bu­tions to tele­vi­sion.

The lo­cal Tamil movie Va­jram ( Weapon), di­rected by M. Subash, also won the Spe­cial Jury Award. Lo­cal vis­ual ef­fects house Rhythm & Hues won the Spe­cial Jury Award for its work in di­rec­tor Ang Lee’s Os­car-win­ning film Life Of Pi.

Fi­nas also awarded In­for­ma­tion, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Cul­ture Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Rais Ya­tim with the Anugerah Pem­bela Seni Dan Bu­daya.

Although most of win­ners in this year’s fes­ti­val were truly de­serv­ing of their ac­co­lades, the awards show it­self was un­event­ful. Hosted by Fahrin Ah­mad and Erra Fazira, the 120-minute long show on Satur­day left much to be de­sired. Con­sid­er­ing that this year marked the 25th an­niver­sary of the fes­ti­val, the gala night was sim­ply unim­pres­sive. And for some rea­son, it also looked am­a­teur­ish.

The nom­i­nees, es­pe­cially Buno­han and Songlap, , were top-notch works of art that was pro­duced in our very own coun­try, yet the awards night just didn’t re­flect the same kind of stature.

Granted, those who turned up that night were dressed to the nines, but the whole af­fair it­self was draggy and the list of per­for­mances could have been much bet­ter.

FFM25 had ear­lier promised to be dif­fer­ent, unique and spe­cial.

Themed “Cel­e­brat­ing The Sil­ver, trust and be­lieve in me to play Il­ham. Ini­tially the (movie’s) in­vestors wanted some­one else to play Il­ham but Dain re­fused to budge and in­sisted that I played the role. There were so many things that we went through while film­ing the movie. I had to learn to master the Ke­lan­tanese di­alect. There were even times when we had to film at a place fa­mous for croc­o­diles!

“Thank God they (croc­o­diles) left us in peace!” Faizal joked.

Mean­while, an­other crit­i­cally-ac­claimed film, Songlap, also won a fair bit of awards that night. Syafie Naswip and Normah Da­man­huri from the movie picked up the Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tor and Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress awards re­spec­tively.

For veteran ac­tress Normah, win­ning the award was really spe­cial as it was her first ever vic­tory – in the Malaysian Film Fes­ti­val, at least – in her three-decade long ca­reer.

“It took me 30 years to win an award at the Malaysian Film Fes­ti­val. It means so much and I hope this award will mo­ti­vate all of us to con­tinue to work hard. Be sin­cere and hon­est in your craft.

“I’m so touched and grate­ful at the same time. I didn’t really ex­pect to win but I’m so glad I did!” said an emo­tional Normah, 59, who played an age­ing pros­ti­tute in Songlap.

For the young and tal­ented Syafie, this was his sec­ond win in the best sup­port­ing ac­tor cat­e­gory. In FFM 2009, he won the same award for his part in the late Yas­min Ah­mad’s

Talen­time.

Here is the full list of win­ners at the FFM25: Best Film: Best Di­rec­tor:

( Buno­han)

Best Ac­tor: Best Ac­tress:

Rindu)

Best Sup­port­ing

Ac­tor: Best Sup­port­ing

Ac­tress:

Naswip ( Songlap)

Best New Ac­tor:

Fe­bru­ari) Da­man­huri ( Songlap)

Iz­zue Is­lam ( 29

Best New Ac­tress:

Fe­bru­ari)

Best Child Ac­tor:

Tee Jing Chen ( Hantu Gang­ster)

Jojo Goh ( 29

Best Cine­matog­ra­phy:

Best Orig­i­nal Story:

Said ( Buno­han)

Best Screen­play:

( Buno­han)

Dain Iskan­dar Said

Best Sound Ef­fects:

Raja Ah­mad Shaida­ley/Imaginex Stu­dios ( Buno­han)

Wong Hui Lynn

Best Edit­ing:

( Songlap)

Best Cos­tume:

Haris Hue

Dain Iskan­dar

Best Orig­i­nal Score: Best Non-Malay Film:

( Buno­han) Cov­et­ing The Gold”, we were told that au­di­ences would be taken on a jour­ney of the film in­dus­try’s ex­cel­lence from the 1980s till the present day, as well as given a look at what the fu­ture holds.

While hosts Erra and Fahrin did give the au­di­ence a bit of his­tory les­son ev­ery now and then by list­ing out FFM’s past win­ners, most of the time the vi­su­als that ap­peared on screen didn’t tally with what was be­ing de­scribed!

As for the “en­ter­tain­ment”, es­tab­lished singers such as Ella, Ziana Zain and Rahim Maarof did give their best but some­how they just didn’t man­age to perk up the flat at­mos­phere.

Per­son­ally though, the lively show from M. Subash and a group of dancers per­form­ing a song taken from Va­jram was the high­light of the night. With the en­er­getic dance moves and colour­ful out­fits, it sort of lifted the mood in the hall.

Also worth men­tion­ing are the rock per­for­mances by SYJ ( Orang Timur), fol­lowed by the song Ter­atai by Khir Rah­man, Pekin Ibrahim, Que Haidar and Sofi Jikan, who shared the stage at the end of the awards. It was an awe­some show, but per­haps a lit­tle too late to brighten things up. Has­nan Yaa­cob

( 29

Pe­tal­ing Street Warriors (Juita En­ter­tain­ment)

Ninja Vs Pi­rate

Best An­i­mated

Film:

Best Short Film:

Best New Di­rec­tor:

( SAM)

Best Theme Song:

Best Vis­ual Art:

( Buno­han) Buno­han

Dain Iskan­dar Said

Ab­dul­lah ( Songlap)

Fe­bru­ari) (The One Academy)

San­zaru (Reser­voir

Pro­duc­tion)

Best Poster:

Seefood Faizal Hus­sein (

Buno­han) Maya Karin ( Om­bak

Syafie

Normah

Tan Yan Wei

Syafiq Yu­sof

Om­bak Rindu Rah­man) (Norzaidi Ab­dul

Dain Iskan­dar Said

The man and his tro­phies: di­rec­tor dain Iskan­dar Said with his tro­phies - Best di­rec­tor, Best Orig­i­nal Story, Best Vis­ual art and Best Screen­play - for his movie, Buno­han. The movie was also named Best Film at 25th Malaysian Film Fes­ti­val (FFM25) at...

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