TIES THAT BIND 2012 project INTERCHANGE by Dain Iskandar Said will premiere at Festival del Film Locarno’s Piazza Grande!
The project was developed at TIES THAT BIND Europe-Asia Co-production Workshop by producer Nandita Solomon, Apparat (Malaysia). She reflected her experience as “instrumental in shaping key decisions related to the direction of the project and making me consider the realities of producing a film as an independent producer from Asia in the global context.”
Interchange is financed by Sonneratia Capital, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDeC) and Seeing Eye Films with support from the National Film Development Board Malaysia (FINAS) and Indonesian co-producer Cinesurya. World sales is handled by Reel Suspects, while XYZ Films is representing the film for North American sales. GSC Movies is handling theatrical distribution in Malaysia with release slated for later this year and Praesens-Film is handling Swiss distribution.
Interchange revolves around a forensics photographer lured into a world of shamans and mystic creatures while helping his detective friend investigate a series of macabre murders. Haunted by sombre visions, forensics photographer Adam retreats from the world, staying home and taking photos of his neighbours until he is dragged into another investigation by his best friend, the detective Man, who asks his help to solve a series of macabre ritual murders. At the same time, Adam’s seemingly innocuous pastime soon turns darker when he spies Iva, a young woman from Borneo. Smitten by her, he is soon entangled in her web of mystery and murder. As Adam is dragged further into Iva’s tribal world and Man delves deeper into his investigation, they discover the city’s mystical underground of shamans and supernatural beings.
Another TIES THAT BIND 2013 project A YELLOW BIRD, directed by K. Rajagopal and produced by Jeremy Chua & Fran Borgia (Akanga Film Asia, Singapore) & Acrobates Films (France), premiered earlier this year at Semaine de la Critique Cannes 2016. World Sales is handled by Alpha Violet.
A Yellow Bird tells a story of Siva, a Singaporean Indian man, who is released after years in prison for contraband smuggling. Unable to find forgiveness from his mother, he begins a quest to locate his ex-wife and daughter. Just as he finds solace and hope in the company of an illegal Chinese prostitute, he is confronted with an unbearable truth about his family. How far will he go in order to redeem himself from his guilt?
After its premiere at Semaine de la Critique in Cannes, the film will travel to festivals in Germany, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Korea and the Netherlands.
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