Saturday, July 11, 2009

Why I'm delighted Tokyo wants Talentime.


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Four years ago, when Sepet came under fire from Berita Harian, RTM, and even the then Minister of Culture, it was given the Best Asian Film award at the 18th Tokyo International Film Festival.

Then just last year, the 21st TIFF gave Muallaf a Special Mention in the Asian-Middle Eastern section, while here at home, it was facing a possible ban.

Is it any wonder, then, that when they wrote and asked us for Talentime, I was both touched and thrilled?

You may find this hard to believe, but I never ever think about festivals or awards while I'm writing a script or making a film. But given the flak I get back home sometimes, you cannot blame me for feeling at least a little vindicated when foreign festivals like Tokyo seek my permission to celebrate our films.

Allah is indeed great.

47 comments:

edzlin007 said...

i love watching all your films.my favourite right now is talentime. all the best

Toon 权 said...

Tokyo is lovely country.
i wish to watch Talentime in Tokyo.
it will be a great day for me!
i miss Tokyo , and i miss Talentime (and great movies)
Great work for Yasmin.
Thumb up for you!

Naz Flair © said...

tahniah kak min... talentime deserves every recognition outside Malaysia. i still can't get over the fact that it received lukewarm response. only when the outside world endorses it, then malaysians will flock to buy the DVD.

HC Tan said...

This is a great news! It is indeed frustrating that most of the media, politician, and decision makers in this country do not understand films, but be rest assured that there is a legion of Malaysian fans who do appreciate and love your works, myself being one of them.
Best wishes to you, and 'Talentime' at Tokyo.

[danial][ma] said...

hej! Yasmin...congrats!

mUTe said...

Congrats!! good for U.... I Will always be supporting U n Ur films. :-)

syaza said...

where can i get your cds or dvds for your films? i missed out Gubra and Talentime. but i really wanna watch Muallaf tho, its sad that its somehow ban here.

Aidi Rahimi Ibrahim said...

salam,
congrats, Kak Min.
'Talentime' is your masterpiece.

len said...

what can i say, some times, good things are scrutinized and criticized before they are known for their value. your films are among the best in our local industry. wait. let me rephrase that. your works are the best locally, and internationally.

ZARA 札拉 said...

I love watching your films Kak Min. It's really what I need when it come to great movies. May Allah always bless u Kak Min, forever and always.

Love, Zara~

Arvin said...

I wonder who dont want Talentime.......... its just another brilliant movie from our DEAR Mdm.Yasmin......U go girl!!!

Mae said...

*hugs u* =)

najwa said...

wow
congratulations!
this is gonna be huge
can't wait for your next movie XD

afams-chan said...

Alhamdulillah..I'm happy for you sensei ^__^

When we do whatever we love to do sincerely, we will be given back same and even better than what we have done.

Congratulations sensei!!!

Jane said...

Salaam Aunt Min,

Congrats on Jap and Talentime. Have you watched Departure by any chance? so sedih tau!

ikanbilis said...

alhamdulillah, and kongratulasi kak min!

any soundtrack available for talentime?

eqmal hisyam said...

i really have faith in you. whatever u do, i will always support u. Come on, Malaysians want to watch Muallaf..the movie that weve been waiting for?? whats wrong with Muallaf?? come on Msia Govt!! To u my Yasmin Ahmad please do something. we wana watch Muallaf badly

pear said...

Congrats, you deserve it though its a shame that our own Country can be so blind to appreciate and encourage such talent. I have been trying to purschase the Talentime DVD for my sister who lives abroad (since I was raving about it). I can't find it...will it ever be released on DVD in Malaysia?

sharman said...

good things deserve recognition so as to pose a reminder that what you're doing is really worthwhile and appreciated, to keep you going on i guess. one of the many ways to tell you, people love your work!

yasmin said...

jane, i've watched departures 7 times! 4 times in singapore, once in hong kong, and twice in KL.

yasmin said...

talentime soundtrack cd is available out there. the dvd won't be out til later this year.

Ikram said...

Was Talentime shown in Singapore? Did I miss it??

yasmin said...

no, ikram. you didn't miss it. insyaallah it should be out in singapore in the next 2 months or so.

Lionel said...

what about muallaf dvd?

yasmin said...

muallaf dvd not til next year, dear.

atikah abd wahid said...

how do you do it, kak yasmin? (may i call you that? hehe) how do you face all this adversity from your own people, and still make films? i never understood why they didn't appreciate you. sure, you don't fit into their comfort zone but isn't that the point? what i am amazed about is how you're still doing films and living in malaysia. if it was me, i'd either quit it altogether or move out where i am more appreciated.

so how DO you do it?

yasmin said...

that's easy, atikah. i don't do it for them. i do it for allah, for my parents, for the people who DO like my films in whichever part of the world they may be, and i do it for me.

theosofie mashon said...

Alhamdulillah... Kak Min;

yasmin said...

yes, big alhamdulillah.

Husnibaby:My Emancipation said...

i'm absolutely impress with you kak yasmin..absolutely...may Allah bless you kak...(^_^)

alhariesz said...

salam...

and why am i not surprised kak yasmin? hehe... congratz...

u r unique in ur own way...u don't easily give in to failure...Allah indeed has another great plan for u...InsyaAllah...

IJTIHAD is the key...

U GO GIRL...! :)

yasmin said...

salaam, alhariesz. thanks, that was very comforting and encouraging.

kamal said...

I'll reach out my hands to you
I have faith in all you do

yasmin said...

where there is love... i'll be there

kamal said...

Haha sweet. I love you so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so much

aki said...

Hi Kak Yasmin,

I'm soooo happy to get to know the news!! I'll be able to catch Talentime in Tokyo!!!

I'll be looking forward to it :)
Hope that you're flying here for the fest, too :D

yasmin said...

ditto, kamal.

yasmin said...

yes aki, i plan to be there, insyaallah.

~*caryn*~ said...

kak min, salam from nottingham uk! doing a three-week attachment program here currently, and am loving it. i've been promoting talentime to some malaysian students who live here, hehe, spreading the love ;)

and of course, congratulations on TIFF!

yasmin said...

caryn!!! i feel a little sad to think that you're so far away!

kamal said...

omg nyrac! long time no see!

yasmin said...

kan?

Anonymous said...

http://dontgetmestarted-lindasharp.typepad.com/dont_get_me_started_with_/2009/07/perfect-imperfections.html


off topic but isn't this an ad you did??

yasmin said...

yes, i directed that.

notenotingnoted said...

Love your movies. Sad that there are some who don't appreciate it. Maybe they are more 'conservative' or 'too sensitive'.

By the way just bought the Talentime soundtrack last week. Luv it.

Bukan Sepet said...

Kat malaysia ni kak min... minta maaf cakaplah...

"Kalau dah mati baru orang nak appreciate."

How's Datuk Yasmin Ahmad sound to you?
Probably nothing... Coz you probably dead by then!

"Pemergiannya merupakan satu kehilangan besar pada negara. Beliau telah membuka mata kita pada erti sebenar perfileman. Bagaimana seni, penceritaan dan aspek komersil boleh bergabung menjadi satu..."

Yeah... right...

yasmin said...

saya tak pernah mengejar title. takut riak.