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Top Malaysian Films Screening for ASEAN Film Awareness Month

Malaysia presents an array of different genre films in joining the ASEAN Film Awareness Month this March. The diverse blend of cultures and influences that make up Malaysian cinema are showcased in three poignant films: Chiu Keng Guan’s The Journey, Nik Amir Mustapha’s Nova, and Syafiq Yusof’s Villa Nabila.



Movie still from the Journey


As well as starting the month’s screenings, The Journey by Chiu Keng Guan has the recognition of being Malaysia’s top-grossing film to date since premiering in its native country in 2014. Having fought against the country’s movie trend of action and violence, The Journey detours into more cross-cultural, family-driven drama and comedy. The story follows an aging, conservative Chinese father, Chuan, who is surprised when her daughter, Bee, comes home from a long sojourn in England with Benji, her British fiancee. He agrees to the wedding only when the couple agree to his rule: that they follow tradition and hand-deliver the invitations. Chinese father and British son-to-be join forces in traversing the glorious Malaysian landscape and, despite their differences, begin to understand one another.

Movie Still from Nova

A more atypical road trip movie can be seen with Nik Amir Mustapha’s Nova, which won Best Film at the 2015 ASEAN International Film Festival and Awards. A youth film with an extraterrestrial bent, Nova (original Malay title: Terbaik Dari Langit) follows a drug addicted experimental filmmaker, Berg, who is convinced he saw a UFO back in school fifteen years ago. He reunites his old band of friends, now on their own paths in life, to help him capture and construct the phenomenon on film in anticipation of its return. The adventure they embark upon to create Berg’s bizarre vision brings them together in a way they didn’t expect, revealing to the old mates what is out there and what is inside.

Movie still from Villa Nabila

The supernatural hits a little closer to reality with Villa Nabila by one of Malaysia’s youngest directors, Syafiq Yusof. Named after a notorious haunted mansion in the country’s state of Johor, Villa Nabila explores the possible history of the site and the horrific happenings experienced by the people who’ve gone there. Employing documentary interviews and news footage as well as constructed drama footage reenacting the events that happened at Villa Nabila, young director Yusof blurs the line of reality and creates an effective picture of horror.


The films will be shown free of charge along with other Southeast Asian film selections from March 1 to April 3, 2016, at the Cinematheque Centre Manila, and screen with English subtitles.Certain films will be shown at an outdoor screenings, and some will be graced by the presence of their filmmakers for a Q&A session. Film schedules and details are available on our social media channels and on the FDCP website, http://www.fdcp.ph/contents/view?id=cinemathequemanila.


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