Saturday, March 21, 2009

Thursday, March 12, 2009

"Talentime" - Countdown to March 26th.


It's been a bit crazy.

In the last four weeks, I've shot 14 commercials for Earth Hour, one for AirAsia, and just last week, one for the Singapore government.

And in between, I attended one meet-and-greet session for the second release of "Muallaf" in Singapore, and two pre-release screenings of "Talentime".

The picture you see above was taken at the Q&A session following a press screening of "Talentime" at Cineleisure, The Curve.

Yes, it's been crazy. And I'm deliriously happy. Alhamdulillah.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

An achingly beautiful film.

Okuribito (Departures) is a film by 54-year old Yojiro Takita. You must do everything possible to watch this Oscar winning film, as soon as you can.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

"Muallaf" re-opens in Singapore at Causeway Point, starting today.

rohani, rohana, and rohagua.jpg

I'm in Singapore, so I might drop by later to see if everything's alright.

Inshaallah, I'll be there this Saturday afternoon to watch the 3:30pm with the audience.

So, my darling Singaporeans, see you there!

Why didn't anyone tell us that we won two of these!


I chanced upon this website ~

~ and discovered that all of two years ago, our film "Mukhsin" had won two of these awards, including the Best Feature Film, from the international jury of that festival.

What I would like to know is, who's got the trophies?

I mean, sure, perhaps it's not as prestigious a festival as the Berlinale, but hey, "Mukhsin" already HAD won two prizes at the Berlinale. Besides, I'm not one to dismiss any blessing the Lord presents to me, however small it may seem to others.

So please, if anyone out there knows where these trophies are (someone from Grand Brilliance perhaps, or maybe they're still with the festival organisers?), please at least let me have a look at them.

These Olympia trophies would make the number of international awards won by "Mukhsin" total up to eight. (Oh, but none in Malaysia, though... ahem!)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

"Talentime" nominated for the SIGNIS Award at the 33rd Hong Kong International Film Festival.

hkifftalentime - hafiz

You can read all about it here:

"Co-organised with SIGNIS Hong Kong, it is a salute to films that fully express social and humanitarian concerns, as well as spiritual and artistic values."


No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti (Taiwan)

Somewhere I Have Never Travelled (Taiwan)

Lonely Tunes of Tehran (Iran)

Deep in the Valley (Japan)

Treeless Mountain (Korea)

The Blue Bird (Japan)

Once Upon a Time in Rio (Brazil)

Vaclav (Czech Republic)

The Rainbow Troops (Indonesia)

Talentime (Malaysia)

Mid August Lunch (Italy)

Quiet Chaos (Italy)

As always, we're not really expecting to win, but very grateful to be nominated at all, amidst what looks like really, really tough competition.