Sunday, January 21, 2007

Film on Malay Reds now screened in Germany

January 21, 2007 14:29 PM

World Premiere Of M'sian Documentary At Berlin Film Fest

By Manik Mehta

BERLIN, Jan 21 (Bernama) - The Berlinale 2007, Berlin's 37th film festival, will have the world premiere of Malaysian Amir Muhammad's "Apa Khabar Orang Kampung", a documentary film portraying village life in southern Thailand, home to retired Malaysian Muslim Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) members.

A special section at the festival dedicated to new aspiring young directors offers opportunities to new film directors not only from Germany but from across the globe to showcase their films, a spokesperson of Berlinale 2007 told Bernama.

Anyone attending the Berlinale's forum section in February can view a wide range of films from Bollywood productions to comparisons of political life in the United States and Japan.

The forum line-up will have 25 world premieres, including "Apa Khabar Orang Kampung", and 15 debut films.Like the Malaysian Amir Muhammad, there are also directors from other countries in Asia.

Bollywood happens to be a rich source of new film makers, many of whom aspire to showcase their films at international events such as the Berlinale.

While the films comprising the 37th Forum represent entries from 29 nations, the organisers have decided this year to focus on new filmmakers from the German-speaking world.

This includes Thomas Imbach's "I Was a Swiss Banker", an underwater fairytale from Switzerland, and Ann-Kristin Reyels' "Jagdhunde" (Hounds), a movie shot in the winter in the eastern German state of Brandenburg.

Other German-language films featured in the forum section include Stefan Schwietert's "Heimatkldnge," which portrays three artistes who develop traditional Swiss music in very different and unconventional ways.

Then, there is Ulrike Ottinger's portrait of Vienna's Prater, the oldest amusement park in the world.

And super-8 filmmaker Fred Poulet looks back at the 2006 World Cup soccer championships in Germany from the substitutes' bench in "Substitute".

As usual, the forum programme also screens its share of oddball movies such as Kevin Aduaka's Elvis Pelvis, a father-and-son story revolving around pop idols Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix.-- BERNAMA

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