The inaugural Malaysia International Film Festival (MIFFEST) kicked off on 28th February 2017 at NU Sentral with a German film, Timm Thaler about a boy who trades his laughter to win any bet he makes.
Timm Thaler, from acclaimed director Andreas Dresen is the first of 20 international and local films; including Interchange and Redha to screen during MIFFEST until 4th March 2017. The film, based on the 1962 German novel "Timm Thaler oder Das verkaufte Lachen" by James Kruss, stars Arved Friese, Justus von Dohnányi, Axel Prahl, and Andreas Schmidt.
“While the film is inspired by a children’s novel, it showcases the world we live in today with greed and an overwhelming thought of getting whatever you want no matter how it affects yourself and others,” said the director during the opening film screening at GSC Nu Sentral.
Apart from the film screening, the festival is also set to award the best short film from ten of the nominated films from all over the world such as Memory Hospital (Brazil), Countdown (Spain), Swimming in the Desert (US) and others.
In addition, a six-member jury led by Kim Dong-Ho, the founder of the Busan International Film Festival, will announce the winners of the first Malaysia Golden Global Awards and other honours on 5th March 2017 at the Arena of Stars, Genting Highlands.
Local film fans can also participate in a film forum titled The Power of Cinema in the Digital Age on 3rd March 2017 at the Content Malaysia Pitching Centre which will be conducted by the festival’s jury panel, as they share their insightful thoughts and opinions on films as well as their experiences.
From left: Andreas Dresen receiving a token of appreciation from festival's chairman, Joanne Goh.
Jury members of Malaysia Golden Global Awards.