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Indie film-maker James Lee gets Special Focus at Film Festival

Writer: Cammy Zulkifli

James Lee presenting his movie, "Things We Do When We Fall In Love"

9 Apr - Local independent film-maker James Lee, 33, has become the first Malaysian to receive a Special Focus at the 9th Deauville Asian Film Festival in France. The festival, held from 28 March to 1 April 2007, provided 'a glance at the work of James Lee' and screened all six of his films, including his latest, "Things We Do When We Fall In Love", which premiered at the festival.

The Deauville Asian Film Festival is held yearly since 1999 to showcase movies and film-makers of Asian cinema. Korean director Park Chan-Woo, who directed the award-winning film "Oldboy", also received a similar focus this year.

Lee is celebrated for his work as a pioneer digital film-maker and he received a special mention as "a talent to watch" at the event. His previous films include "The Big Durian" and the award-winning "The Beautiful Washing Machine".

"Things We Do When We Fall In Love" is about two secret lovers who take a break to the outskirts of the city, hoping to rekindle their romance. Often argumentative and misunderstood, the two try to come up with a solution to their problems and salvage their relationship. The movie stars Amy Len and Loh Bok Lai and is produced by Tan Chui Mui and Lee himself.

This movie, along with Lee's "Before We Fall In Love Again", will be released simultaneously in GSC cinemas in Mid Valley, 1 Utama and Gurney Plaza on 10 May 2007.

James Lee receiving the Regards trophy from festival Chairman.

Cinema Online, 09 April 2007

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