Dain Said’s supernatural noir film, Interchange is set to continue its international screening at the 10th Five Flavours Festival Asian Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland this week and the 11th Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival (JAFF) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on 29th November 2016.
Previously, the Malaysia-Indonesia co-production film was successfully screened at the 69th edition of the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland, British Film Institute London Film Festival in UK and Sitges Film Festival in Spain, Toronto International Film Festival in Canada, L'Étrange Film Festival in France, Vladivostok International Film Festival in Russia, and Singapore International Film Festival in Singapore.
Interchange, which weaves a Southeast Asian mythologies and supernatural beliefs, tells the story of a forensics photographer, Adam (Iedil Putra) who is lured into a world of shamans and mystic creatures while helping his detective friend, Man (Shaheizy Sam) investigate a series of macabre murders in the city.
Speaking of his inspiration of the film, the award-winning director revealed that the story stemmed from a photograph he came across in 2005 by a Norwegian explorer, Carl Lumholtz who travelled through central Borneo between1913 and 1917. Among the photographs he took was one of group tribal women bathing in a river, in an attempt to cleanse themselves of the evil effects of being photographed.
“The tribal belief that the camera or photography steals your soul is the belief in magic clashing with the technology. So I decided to re-make the image, and presented it into an artistic fairy tale which highlights dying and transforming, from the negative to the positive, from the dark to the light. This is my story, this is our story – I’m very honoured for the film to continue its international screenings,” said the Best Director of 25th Malaysia Film Festival.
Besides film screening, the Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival will also present several awards to the best films in Asia such as Golden Hanoman Award, Silver Hanoman Award, NETPAC Award, Blencong Award and Geber Award to express the deepest appreciation for Asian cinema.
Interchange will screen in Malaysian cinemas on 1st December 2016.
Director Dain Said with the cast of Interchange.