Whither Malaysian films?
Thailand won the Palme d’Or at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival recently. When can Malaysia do the same?
MARTIN SCORSESE, Federico Fellini, Akira Kurosawa, Luis Bunuel, Abbas Kiarostami, Michael Haneke ““ and now, Apichatpong Weerasethakul from Thailand has joined the glorious list of winners of Palme d’Or.
He has garnered arguably one of the biggest prizes for cinema outside of Hollywood ““ the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival with his film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.
Hence, this only begs the inevitable question ““ when can Malaysian films win such a grand award on the international stage?
While some of the more cynical cinephiles in the country may simply laugh it off as a foolhardy dream, akin to our age-old aspirations of winning the Nobel Prize, our local film fraternity is confident that Malaysia’s time will come.