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Award-winning Malaysian filmmaker Nik Amir Mustapha’s latest film, Imaginur, is one of eight Asian films shortlisted to compete for the Uncaged Award for Best Feature Film at the 2022 New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) in the United States next month.
NYAFF is an annual event showcasing the best and boldest in Asian cinema, ranging from explosive blockbusters to quirky arthouse films.
Imaginur will compete with seven other films in the same category namely, #LookAtMe (Singapore), Angry Son (Japan), One And Four (China), Maybe Love (South Korea), Reclaim (Taiwan), The Sales Girl (Mongolia) and Fast & Feel Love (Thailand).
The sci-fi film Imaginur, which has yet to screen in Malaysia, stars Beto Kusyairy and Diana Danielle.
The story tells of a man’s life that is disrupted by strange events when he takes his father to the hospital for a check-up.
READ MORE: Filem ‘Imaginur’ Wakili Malaysia Ke Festival Filem Asia New York (NYAFF) 2022
We couldn’t be more proud and happy than #blackmagicdesign Ursa Broadcast G2 was used to shoot #Imagine. Rooting for everyone who made this movie a reality. Congratulations!!! 💚 🎊 https://t.co/Df2sEtCymu pic.twitter.com/JGH5skBCtz
— 3 points | Film Equipment Distributor | Service (@3dotsmy) July 8, 2022
The New Straits Times reported that the film is set to have its world premiere at the Walter Reade Theatre, Film at Lincoln Center in New York City on July 23.
Nik Amir said he didn’t expect the film produced by his company Lumatic Films to make the NYAFF 2022 list, let alone compete for best feature film.
I realize there is going to be some pretty tough competition to win. However, just being listed with other great movies is already enough to make us really happy. If Imaginur is chosen as the winner, then we will certainly feel even more blessed. Either way, we hope for the best since we are the sole representative of Malaysia at NYAFF 2022.
Filmmaker Nik Amir
The National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) congratulated Nik Amir for the success of Imaginur for being selected to participate in the event.
FINAS ingin merakamkan tahniah kepada filem cereka tempatan, ‘Imaginur’ arahan Pengarah Terbaik FFM26, Nik Amir Mustapha yang terpilih mewakili Malaysia dan telah diumumkan menembusi seleksi pencalonan Filem Cereka Terbaik (Uncaged Award for pic.twitter.com/4PisvYByv2
— Finas Malaysia®™ (@FinasMy) July 3, 2022
According to Berita Harian, Nik Amir has not set a date to show the film in Malaysian cinemas as they have not yet promoted the film locally.
They are still looking for the right time to release the film to Malaysian audiences.
Team may not be able to attend NYAFF 2022
Despite the good news, Nik Amir and his team may not be able to attend the festival due to lack of budget.
They are fundraising to go to USA to attend NYAFF 2022. Even if they get the funds, they still have to apply for visas and they don’t know if they can get the visas in time.
Dengan rasa kesyukuran ingin aku kongsi berita gembira perihal filem #imagiNur terbitane @lumaticfilms Kerana Terpilih & Mendapat Tayangan Perdana at New York Asian Film Festival #nyaff yang akan berlangsung tak lama lagi..alhamdulillah 🤲♥️ pic.twitter.com/SUEOrR070L
— Betosai 🇲🇾 (@Beto_Kusyairy) July 5, 2022
Recently, many Malaysian talents have been recognized for their outstanding work.
Another Malaysian film ‘Stone Turtle’ has been selected to compete in the 75e Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland, and “Crazy Rich Asians” screenwriter Adele Lim has been invited to become a member of the Academy of Oscars.
READ MORE: M’sian’s thriller ‘Stone Turtle’ selected to compete at Swiss Film Festival, a first for local films
READ MORE: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ screenwriter Adele Lim invited to become member of the Academy of Oscars
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