KUALA LUMPUR: Local action-drama Bunohan has already garnered international acclaim and its first award even before its slated local release on March 8.
The film, directed by Dain Said, won the Netpac (Network For The Promotion Of Asian Cinema) award on Thursday night at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival in Taiwan.
It had two screenings, on Nov 12 and Nov 22, in the “Going South” category.
Another Malaysian film, Nasi Lemak 2.0, was also nominated in the same category.
The Netpac award is given to promote Asian cinema by highlighting notable films and discovering new talents.
Dain, who is in Jakarta now to work on a documentary, said: “Although we did not expect to win anything, it was a wonderful surprise and a great experience, especially because I was aware that (legendary Taiwanese filmmaker and festival director) Hou Hsiao-hsien was there that night.”
The Netpac certificate said the award was given to Bunohan for its “most creative and unique way of using cinematic language and addressing many issues of contemporary Asia”.
Bunohan tells the violent story of three estranged brothers and their ailing father amidst a backdrop of muay thai, murder and magic realism.
The film had been screened at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival in September to rave reviews. - theStarOnline