For 13 years, BMW Shorties has been one of Malaysia’s most prestigious short film competitions. This year, we are teaming up with Urbanscapes to present film lovers with our very first Regional Film Festival – screening feature-length and short films from Malaysia, Cambodia, Singapore and more.
Join us at the iconic RexKL theatre to relive that old cinema experience and meet some of your favourite filmmakers at our talks and workshops!
All our programmes are FREE to the public.
//16 NOV – OPENING FILM//
FLY BY NIGHT (2019)
dir. Zahir Omar. Malaysia. 100 min.
16 Nov (Sat) | 8pm | 1st Floor
A group of taxi drivers run a low-level extortion racket, targeting wealthy passengers fetched from the airport. Things go south however, when the youngest driver works with one of their victims to blackmail her married lover. Starring Sunny Pang, Eric Chen, Fabian Loo and Bront Palarae. Directed by BMW Shorties 2007 Winner, Zahir Omar.
Fly By Night had its world premiere at the 23rd Busan International Film Festival in 2018.
//17 NOV – SHORTIES GOES TO THE MOVIES//
PORTRAIT OF AN INVISIBLE MAN (2014)
dir. Mahen Bala. Malaysia. 4 min.
17 Nov (Sun) | 8pm | 1st Floor
Mr. Moorthy has spent the last 30 odd-years loading film reels into projectors but today, his job is replaced with an automated digital system. In this short portrait documentary, memories of old movie theatres rewind as told by one of the last film projectionists of Malaysia.
dir. Shanjhey Kumar Perumal. Malaysia. 90 min.
17 Nov (Sun) | 8.05pm | 1st Floor
Appoy (Harvind Raj), a spirited and imaginative boy is struggling with school. His father desperately tries to keep him on the straight and narrow path but as his efforts becomes increasingly abusive, Appoy is driven instead to his henchman uncle’s criminal lifestyle. Directed by BMW Shorties 2012 Winner, Shanjhey Kumar Perumal.
Winner of Best Malaysian Film at Festival Filem Malaysia-28.
//18 NOV – SINGAPORE MARI!//
dir. Royston Tan. Singapore. 13 min.
18 Nov (Mon) | 7pm | 1st Floor
A film buff chases a frumpy censor down a supermarket aisle, reeling off a string of films which the bureaucrat had snipped. A musical, all-singing, all-dancing attack on censorship in Singaporean movies.
FOREVER FEVER (1998)
dir. Glen Goei. Singapore. 95 min.
18 Nov (Mon) | 7.30pm | 1st Floor
Hock (Adrian Pang) is a bored and frustrated young man faced with a dead-end job and overbearing parents. He seeks solace in Bruce Lee films, fantasizes of owning the hottest and fastest motorbike, and pursues entertainment with his equally aimless friends. On a night out, Hock gets bitten by the disco bug and does not look back from there. With support from the Singapore Film Commission, Forever Fever was digitally restored in 4K by the Asian Film Archive using the original surviving film elements in 2018.
Courtesy of Asian Film Archive
RING OF FURY (1978)
dir. Tony Yeow & James Sebastian. Singapore. 78 min.
18 Nov (Mon) | 9pm | 1st Floor
A humble noodle-seller refuses to pay extortion fees but when tragedy befalls, he takes up martial arts in order to exact revenge upon the gang led by a mysterious man in an iron mask. Ring of Fury is Singapore’s first martial arts film featuring their own karate master, Peter Chong.
Courtesy of Asian Film Archive
//19 NOV – MALAYSIA NOIR BARU//
dir. We Jun Cho. Malaysia. 12 min.
19 Nov (Tue) | 7pm | 1st Floor
Ishak, an experienced police diver contemplates the emotional perils of his vocation following the most challenging dive of his career. Starring Tuan ‘Tapai’ Faisal and Megat Sharizal.
Salvaj won Best Short Film at the 27th Festival Filem Malaysia.
dir. Tony Pietra Arjuna. Malaysia. 90 min.
19 Nov (Tue) | 7.30pm | 1st Floor
When a private eye named Anton (Tony Eusoff) takes a case to find a missing student, he must confront the deep dark depths of his own mind to uncover the truth around his own mystery childhood disappearance. A hybrid neo-noir inspired by David Lynch, synthpop and the popular ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ of the 80s, Shadowplay is a Jungian mystic crime film set against the backdrop of Kuala Lumpur’s neon lights. Starring Tony Eusoff, Juria Hartmans, Susan Lankaster, Megat Sharizal and Radhi Khalid.
Having co-directed feature films such as Cuak and Redstorm, Shadowplay is Tony’s debut feature as a solo director.
dir. Fariza Azlina & Effendee. Malaysia. 95 min.
19 Nov (Tue) | 9pm | 1st Floor
Brothers Ad (Syafie Naswip) and Am (Shaheizy Sam) work for a baby trafficking syndicate run by an elderly woman named Mama. Their job is to courier babies to the couples who have bought them. While Am is struggling with his gambling addictions, Ad on the other hand decides to enter a B-Boy dance competition in hopes of winning the prize money. When Ad’s best friend, Razak’s sister Hawa (Sarah Ali) winds up pregnant and embroiled in Mama’s syndicate, Ad realises he can no longer be a bystander.
Songlap has the highest record of Festival Filem Malaysia Awards with 15 nominations. It received Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay at the Malaysia Critics Award 2012.
//21 NOV – CAMBODIA NOSTALGIA//
A MILLION YEARS (2018)
dir. Danech San. Cambodia. 21 min.
21 Nov (Thurs) | 7pm | 1st Floor
A young woman relaxes at a riverfront restaurant with a friend. She recounts stories of her past experiences, finding enchantment in the flows of the river and the trees on the mountains nearby. Strangely, she enters a parallel riverfront with a stranger and they both recount stories of fear and she finds herself in a realization of her confusion of reality.
GOLDEN SLUMBERS (2011)
dir. Davy Chou. Cambodia. 96 min.
21 Nov (Thurs) | 7.30pm | 1st Floor
Filmmaker Davy Chou takes us through Cambodia’s golden era of cinema, revisiting its filmmakers who weathered through political turmoil after the Khmer Rouge destroyed the country’s movies made between 1960 and 1975.
LAST NIGHT I SAW YOU SMILING (2019)
dir. Kavich Neang. Cambodia. 115 min.
21 Nov (Thurs) | 9.30pm | 1st Floor
The White Building, an iconic structure home to 493 families in Phnom Penh, faces demolition. Director Kavich Neang follows his family and neighbours during the building’s final days.
//22 NOV – ALIENS VS ZOMBIES//
TUHAU VS ZOMBIE (2017)
dir. Jeasper Molidi. Malaysia. 10 min.
22 Nov (Fri) | 7pm | 1st Floor
A charming sci-fi short about a group of students who stumble upon a zombie outbreak during a game of Pokemon Go. This is the first short film made by the primary school students and teachers of SK Tampulan, Telipok, Sabah.
WAR OF THE WORLDS: GOLIATH (2014)
dir. Joe Pearson. US/Malaysia. 88min.
22 Nov (Fri) | 7.30pm | 1st Floor
A retro-futuristic epic of steampunk battle set in 1914. It has been 15 years since the original H.G. Wells Martian invasion. Fearing another attack, the human race has prepared itself. This animated feature film premiered at the San Diego Comic Convention in 2012.
KL24: ZOMBIES (2017)
dir. James Lee, Shamaine Othman & Gavin Yap. Malaysia. 89 min.
22 Nov (Fri) | 9.30pm | 1st Floor
A flu like infection that has taken over Kuala Lumpur turns into a zombie outbreak as we follow three intersecting stories of survivors, battling the odds to stay alive.
//24 NOV – IRL/LOL//
THE STORY OF KAM AGONG (2018)
dir. Lawrence Jayaraj, Agnes Padan & Wong Chin Hor. Malaysia. 29 min.
24 Nov (Sun) | 3.30pm | 1st Floor
Agnes Padan journeys back to her village in Long Semadoh to piece together what happened to her mother, Kam Agong who suffered an agonising death during childbirth 16 years ago. The story that unravels is that of the poor state of maternity healthcare in rural Sarawak.
Courtesy of FreedomFilmFest & Pusat Komas.
INCARCERATED RHYTHM (2018)
dir. Indrani Kopal. Malaysia. 78 min
24 Nov (Sun) | 4.05pm | 1st Floor
Six inmates serving extended sentences join a trial dance rehabilitation program in prison. Upon their release, they discover that the “”rhythm of freedom”” is harder to find than the “”rhythm of incarceration””.
PAN DE SALAWAL (2019)
dir. Che Esperitu. Philippines. 90 min.
24 Nov (Sun) | 8pm | 1st Floor
An ill-stricken community living beside the Manila Railroad gets their dose of miracles from a 7-year old Bisaya street urchin who violently hurts the sick in a bid to magically heal them.
More exciting film talks and workshops to be announced soon!