September 26, 2016
By Thanussha Priyah
Singapore – The 27th edition of the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) will open with Interchange, a noir fantasy thriller by one of Malaysia’s most celebrated filmmakers, Dain Iskandar Said. Making its Asian premiere at the SGIFF after successful receptions at Locarno International Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival, the film’s opening will be in November. Interchange brings together Dain Iskandar Said’s love of noir films and his fascination with folklore. An Indonesia-Malaysia collaboration, the film is based on a chain of events triggered by a true incident that took place a century ago, when Norwegian explorer Carl Lumholtz travelled through central Borneo between 1913 and 1917.
This is the third feature of Dain Iskandar Said, after his widely well-received feature five years ago – Bunohan: Return to Murder, which won eight, awards at the 25th Malaysian Film Festival – the second most awarded film on the Malaysian Film Festival of all time. It was also selected as Malaysia’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film nomination for the 85th Academy Awards.