Saturday, February 23, 2008

My Brilliant Career

My Brilliant Career
Gillian Armstrong; Australia, 1979, 100min

This acclaimed romantic film became a worldwide sensation and launched the international career of Judy Davis.
She debuts here as Sybylla Melvyn, a free-spirited young writer who refuses to conform to society's expectations of how a 'proper' woman should live her life. Sam Neill co-stars as the wealthy suitor who tries to win her restless heart.
This film was an early entry in the magnificent "New Australian Cinema" movement that yielded such classics as Picnic at Hanging Rock, Gallipoli, and Breaker Morant, and 27-year-old Gillian Armstrong (whose directorial debut this was, and who would later direct the popular 1994 version of Little Women) brought just the right feminist touch to this stately adaptation of the 1901 semi-autobiographical novel by Miles Franklin.
Winner of 6 Australian Film Institute awards, including best picture and best director; Academy Award nomination for best costume design.

Monday, 25 February, 8pm
HELP University College Theatrette, Pusat Bandar Damansara, KL
Admission by membership, available at the door: RM60 1 year (students RM30); RM40 6 mths; RM30 4 mths
Free admission for Alliance Francaise members & HELP students
Enquiries: 012-2255136

Coming up
Keramat (Kannan Thiagarajan; 74min) - Wednesday 27 February, 8.15pm (Kannan's debut telemovie in the 'Festival' series)
I'm a Muslim Too! (Zan Azlee; 73min) - Monday 3 March, 8pm (repeat screening)
Yasmin Ahmad: My Best Shot - Yasmin screens and talks about the favourites among her TV commercial works (March, date tbc)

Friday, February 15, 2008

I'm Muslim Too!

Kelab Seni Filem proudly presents Zan Azlee's new feature documentary --

I'm Muslim Too!
Malaysia, 2008; Zan Azlee, 73 mins

Many see Malaysia as a moderate Islamic country that has found a unique and harmonious balance between religion, secularism and multiculturalism. Zan Azlee decides to learn and find out more about Islam and his own identity as a Malay Muslim. He embarks on a journey to the heartland of Islam, the Middle-East, with nothing but his video camera and a bag full of instant noodles. He meets a brutal heavy metal band in Iran, discovers a Syrian version of Low Yat Plaza in Damascus, hangs out with a couple of Palestinian dudes in a camp in Beirut and learns about sex from a bunch of artists in Jordan.

In between teaching film at HELP University College, Zan Azlee dabbles in filmmaking. Several of his shorts have been shown at Kelab Seni Filem's Malaysian Shorts series, as well as at international film festivals. He is currently shooting a 13-episode documentary about foreigners who make Malaysia their home for NTV7.

Zan will be in attendance to discuss his film with he audience after the screening.

Introduced by Hassan Muthalib.

Tuesday 19 February, 8.00pm
HELP University College Theatrette, Pusat Bandar Damansara, KL
Free admission

Friday, February 1, 2008

Historias Minimas, coming Monday!

Gaik Khoo recommends our next film...

I loved Historias Minimas. I've been recommending it for the past few years to anyone I know who's interested in Latin American cinema. Even the dog can act! Please do go and catch it. It's a fascinating glimpse into the countryside and the aspirations of a few characters: an old man who goes in search of his dog by hitching a ride, a young mother who goes to the city to claim her prize from a tv quiz show (of sorts), and a traveling salesman trying to impress a single mother with a birthday cake for her child. Even the opening scene of an eye exam is charming in itself. The old man can wag his ears (to entertain the town's kids)....I'll have to stop myself here but I really urge people to watch this film. Great character study, funny, bittersweet and heartwarming.

Historias Minimas
Carlos Sorin; Argentina, 2002, 101min

A charming and affecting tale charting the fortunes of three small town heroes pursuing their dreams, Sorin's film offfers further evidence of the richness of modern Argentinian cinema. It's a deceptively simple, yet delightful road movie about three disparate characters heading for the city of San Julian amid the beautiful landscapes of Patagonia.Gently probing the hopes and aspirations of his characters, Sorin uses the interconnected, tripartite structure to offer astute observations both on a culture relatively unscathed by modernity and on contemporary Argentina itself.
"Touching, witty, warm and wry. Beautifully performed by a cast low on experience but high on talent."
Total Film Special Prize of the Jury, San Sebastian Int Film Festival

Monday 4 Feb 8pm

HELP Univ College Theatrette, Pusat Bandar Damansara, KL
Admission by membership, available at the door.

Malaysian Shorts- photographs

Some photographs of the Q & A section of Malaysian Shorts on 21 Jan 2008.

left to right: Margaret Bong, Liew Seng Tat, Woo Ming Jin, the ever witty Amir Muhammad as the presenter, Akashdeep Singh, Ho Yuhang.

Liew Seng Tat being asked about the source of his inspiration.

Ho Yuhang expounding on the topic of a director's stand.

Margaret Bong pondering...