13 LITTLE PICTURES

Matahari

Directed by Azharr Rudin
Writing Credits: Azharr Rudin
Producer: Azharr Rudin, Bee Thiam Tan, Elyna Shukri
Country of production: Malaysia
Production Company: 13 Little Pictures
Format: 35mm
Genre: Horror, Suspense, Drama
Estimated Running Time: 90 min
Status: Development
Looking for: Pre-sales, Funds
Estimated release date: 2011

Introduction

A family moves into an old suburban residential. The father (Lelaki) is depressed; the mother (Perempuan) feels that something seems amiss; their 6-year-old boy (Budak) stays out of school. In a game of hide-and-seek, Budak went missing.

Director’s statement

The local title of the film is GELISAH which may translate to anxious, restless, or nervous. The film may be a reflection of, my own restlessness at a certain period of time and place. It is conceived in a stream of consciousness manner of how I imagined I would have a conversation with the environment that these characters live in. I will not actually try to talk to it as if it is a physical being. Rather I will describe how it conjures a heightened sense of mystery, fear and imagination on me, in the primordial sense. I choose MATAHARI (Sun, Eye of the Day) as the main title as it may invite a different kind of interpretation to the film. MATAHARI is a companion piece to my debut feature PUNGGOK RINDUKAN BULAN (Moon). Sometimes I don’t feel comfortable with spoken languages, or maybe just the actual act of talking. I hope I can communicate to my audience, like I am the quiet stranger watching this film with you in a cinema theatre, that while I do not speak, we share secrets because we experienced something together. I want you to know I am beside you.

Director’s biography

AZHARR RUDIN  (b.  1981 in Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia) is a person possibly based in Kuala Lumpur. He has had stints as pizza maker, web designer, contributing photographer/writer for a Malaysian music magazine, before venturing into filmmaking.  He was editor for the documentaries THE YEAR OF LIVING VICARIOUSLY (2005) and LELAKI KOMUNIS TERAKHIR (THE LAST COMMUNIST). His MAJIDEE (2005) won awards at film festivals in Hawaii, Tokyo and Singapore. His compilation of shorts called THE AMBER SEXALOGY debuted at the 2006 Singapore International Film Festival. Some of his works have also been featured in a number of international film festivals including Buenos Aires, Clermont-Ferrand, Fajr, Mexico, Pusan, Rotterdam, Sydney, San Francisco and Vancouver. He served as a NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) juror in Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival (2007). PUNGGOK RINDUKAN BULAN (THIS LONGING) is his debut feature film.

FILMOGRAPHY

–FEATURE FILMS–

  • writer/director/editor of Punggok Rindukan Bulan (This Longing) (2008)
  • Selection in Dragons and Tigers at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Pusan International Film Festival and Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival
  • “I also cannot think of any other Malaysian film that so evocatively captures this sense of liminality, which for me finds true home in frontier towns like JB. This young filmmaker needs to be congratulated for giving this city a starring role.” Benjamin Mckay
  • “A poignant, mysterious memory piece from the impressive Malaysian independent cinema.” Shelly Kraicer
  • editor for Bernafas Dalam Lumpur (Breathing in Mud) directed by James Lee (2008)
  • editor for Lelaki Komunis Terkakhir (The Last Communist) directed by Amir Muhammad (documentary) (2006)
  • editor for The Year of Living Vicariously (documentary) directed by Amir Muhammad (2005)

–SHORTS–

  • writer/director/editor/producer of The Amber Sexalogy cycle of short films (Forgetting, Meeting, Loving, Raining, Desir, Majidee) (2006)
  • Best Short Film, Hawaii International Film Festival 2006 for Majidee
  • Incentive Award / Encouragement Prize, Akira Kurosawa Memorial Short Film Competition (2007)
  • Selection in Singapore International Film Festival
  • writer/director/videographer/editor/producer of Taman di dalam Sinkiku (Garden in my Sink) (2004)
  • writer/director/videographer/editor/producer of Dancing Kites (2004)

OTHER AWARDS

  • Special Mention / Voice Award, Singapore Short Film Festival (2008)
  • Industry Award for Excellence – Best in Video Production, Limkokwing University College of Creative Technology (2003)
  • Alumnus, Berlinale Talent Campus (2005)
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