Talentime: Too little, too late?
Writer: Nur Safina Othman
3 Aug – Late recognition for recently demised filmmaker Yasmin Ahmad came in the form of 11 nominations at the upcoming 22nd Malaysia Film Festival in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, on 5-8 August.
Her movie "Talentime" is in the running for Best Director, Best Original Story, Best Screenplay, Best Lead Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Most Promising Actress, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Original Music Score and Best Art Direction. It opened earlier in March 2009 to poor box office response but warm media acknowledgement.
According to National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) director Mahyidin Mustakim: "A special segment will be featured on the awards night to give tribute to Yasmin Ahmad for her contribution to Malaysian cinema."
L-R: Nabila Huda, Liyana Jasmay & Scha Al-Yahya are FFM22 nominees
Khabia Bhatia's stylish action-comedy "Setem" follows closely with 10 nominations, including Best Lead Actor and Best Poster.
FINAS and GAFIM (Federation of Film Professional Societies of Malaysia) together with the Sabah Tourism Board are the organisers of this RM 2.8 million event.
The four-day long event will culminate with an awards ceremony on 8 August at Dewan Canselor Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS).
Cinema Online will be covering the 22nd Malaysian Film Festival. Stay tuned for updates.
Cinema Online, 03 August 2009