|Terbaik Di Langit in the sun newspaper|
By Bissme S
Last year, Nik Amir Mustapha created waves with his first feature film,KIL, which went on to win four awards at this year’s Malaysian Film Festival last month.The 29-year-old walked away with best script and best director while KIL grabbed best film and the film’s leading actress, Cristina Suzanne, got the mostpromising actress award.
Fresh from his triumphs, the director is now ready with his second feature film, Terbaik Dari Langit, that explores the theme of friendship. The film will open in cinemas on Christmas Day.
The story centers on four close friends – Berg, Ijam, Toyu and Ali – who studied in the same boarding school. After graduation, each went his separate way to find his own fortune.
Years later, Berg has become an eccentric filmmaker who loves making bizarre films while Ijam is a celebrity actor who will be marrying his fiancée and rich man’s daughter, Zelda.
Meanwhile, Toyu has sacrificed his dream of becoming a visual artist to teach and Ali, who did not complete his studies, is now a struggling businessman. When Berg decides to make a movie about a UFO sighting, he convinces his former school mates to take a journey with him across the country in his attempt to capture an image of an UFO.
They also manage to recruit a budding actress who calls herself Sofia Jane. Bront Palarae takes the lead role of Berg with Ledil Putra as Ijam, Amerul Affendi as Toyu, Megat Sharizal as Ali and Naidya Nisaa as Sofia Jane.
Others in the cast are Sharifah Amani, Siti Saleha and Mamat Khalid.On this second film,
Nik Amir said: “I’m exploring the theme of staying true to yourself. There is a lot of pressure to conform to society’s ideals and forget about what you want.
“My character Berg is a walking example of this. Everyone wants him to make the kind of film that is commercial and viable. But he is adamant about sticking to his principles and following his heart. He does not want to be a conformist.”
At a recent press screening of the film, many of us were rather impressed with the end product. There are many interesting symbolisms in the film.The scenes with Berg hallucinating between the real and reel world were interesting and captivating. A plus point for the film is the superb chemistry among the five
leads and kudos to Bront for his fantastic performance as the eccentric Berg.
"In my career as an actor over 12 years, I would say that this is the best script I have read,” said Bront, a best actor award winner for his role in Belukar in 2010.
The script is written by actorscriptwriter Redza Minhat, whoplayed the lead role in Nik Amir’s KIL.
“The characters are well developed,” Bront added.
“One can see a lot of work has gone into the script. I turned down another movie offer just to work in this film and I have no regrets.”
Bront admits he is not a big fan of his character.
“I would not like to be in the same room with Berg because he is far too eccentric for me,” he says with a laugh.
But there are some qualities he admires in Berg.
“He has a good heart. Berg appreciates his friends. Since he was orphaned and was raised by his grandfather, he regards his friends as his family. His dedication to his friends is something I admire.”
Bront also has the highest praise and respect for the director.
“You feel safe acting under [Nik Amir] as you know he has your back. He takes a good care of his actors. He helps them to explore their characters.”
When asked about his favourite scenes in the film, Bront points to the ones involving Amerul.
“He really executed his scenes brilliantly. He is really very good but underrated as an actor in this country.He needs more exposure.”
Bront has his first attempt at directing in last year’s feature film, Kolumpo, together with Rozi Izma and Sheikh Munasar.
Currently, he is writing the script for his second film called Sabotage, which he hopes to direct as well. The Chinese film is set from the Japanese Occupation to theEmergency period and is about how the government recruited some ethnic Chinese to infiltrate and spy on the Malayan Communist Party. The film will start shooting
sometime next year.
|A scene from the film|