KALA MALAM BULAN MENGAMBANG is Best Film at Festival Filem Malaysia

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KALA MALAM BULAN MENGAMBANG is Best Film at Festival Filem Malaysia

The winners were announced at the awards ceremony last night, and Mamat Khalid's Kala Malam Bulan Mengambang walked away as Best Film. Mamat himself picked up the Best Director award.

Best Actor went to Rosyam Nor for his lead performance as the quirky investigative reporter who finds himself in a strange village in Kala Malam. Best Actress was Maya Karin for her role in Osman Ali's Anak Halal. Despite leading with the most nominations, Anak Halal went home with only two awards - Best Actress and Best Original Story.

Kala Malam and 1957 Hati Malaya were tied at the top with 5 awards each.

Personally, I thought Flower In The Pocket was the best film of the past year. But word has it that it wasn't submitted for the digital film category.

Meanwhile, independent filmmaker Amir Muhammad, who was on the jury this year, was rather pissed off that he's been accused of giving props to his own film, Susuk, which was in competition. He fended off the accusation by revealing that he was only on the jury for the short films and documentaries categories. "I had nothing to do with the feature-film jury (and don't even know who some of them are). Sheesh," he wrote on his blog.

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Val2009August 10, 2008 9:08 PM

Mmh, I suppose there were not so many good flicks running for the prize, since I found Kala Malam Bulan Mengambang a half mess, with a few nice ideas in it (and a good atmosphere, ok) but also with a poor script.

MitchAugust 11, 2008 7:17 AM

excerpt from "Too Many Awards, Not Enough Movies"
"Do you wish your film is a part of it [Festival Film Malaysia]?
It’s not a real festival anyway. It’s not something I go to bed thinking about."

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