Dain Said's Interchange is set to open the curtain on the 27th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) from 23rd November to 4th December 2016, making its Asian premiere.
Boasting an all-star lineup from Malaysia and Indonesia, Interchange is Dain Said's third feature film after Dukun and Bunohan. The supernatural thriller tells the story of Adam (Iedil Putra), a forensics photographer who is dragged by a detective, Man (Shaheizy Sam) into an investigation of ritual murders in the city. As they delve further, Adam gets closer to Iva (Prisia Nasution), whom he discovers is involved in these strange happenings along with a mysterious man (Nicholas Saputra).
Dain Said commented, “It’s exciting to hear and be near the waters closer to home, where the story of Interchange took root; shaped by the voices and stories that we all share in the whole of the Nusantara region, from Borneo to Singapore.” He added, “It is fitting for me to have our Asian premiere in the Republic, who have had their fair share of great storytellers, talented directors and wonderful world class films."
SGIFF's Executive Director, Yuni Hadi reiterated, “SGIFF has always championed Southeast Asian cinema. Interchange, this year's opening film, combines Dain Said's skill for genre story-telling with a distinct Southeast Asian flavour to produce a unique thriller that could not have originated from anywhere else. Choosing it as SGIFF's opening film shows our commitment to celebrating our own voices, highlighting the capability of our creative industry, and welcoming a wider audience to the promise of Southeast Asian cinema."
Founded in 1987, SGIFF has become an iconic event in the Singapore arts calendar, known for its dynamic programming and focus on groundbreaking Asian cinema for Singapore and the region.