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Archive - 7th Five Flavours Film Festival

Hanyut/Almayer's Folly

Malaysia 2012, 116’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: U-Wei Bin Haji-Saari
screenplay: U-Wei Bin Haji-Saari
cinematography: Arkadiusz Tomiak
editing: Kate James
music: Cezary Skubiszewski
cast: Peter O’Brien, Sofia Jane, Khalid Salleh, Diana Danielle, Adi Putra
language: English, Malay
colouration: colour

Film description

U-Wei Bin Haji-Saari has often been inspired by Western literature - he adapted novels by William Faulkner and James M. Cain.
This time, he tells a story taken from Joseph Conrad’s adventure-romance debut, "Almayer's Folly" (1895).

The film is set on Borneo, where Kaspar Almayer, a Dutch river tradesman, decides to settle. This character, full of contradictions, is suspended between two opposing cultures - the East and the West.
Almayer becomes obsessed with the mythical gold, hidden in the mountains, which would ensure wealth and status for his beloved half-Malay daughter, Nina. After years of education, the beautiful girl comes back from Singapore to her father’s house, and falls in love with a young Malay prince, who fights the colonial occupant. The leading roles are played by Australian Peter O'Brien and the star of Malaysian cinema, Sofia Jane, casted as Nina's mother. The director of photography, Arkadiusz Tomiak, is known from Polish productions such as "Symmetry", "Palimpsest: A Hypnotic Mystery", "Daas", "Manhunt", and "The Girl from the Wardrobe".

Agnieszka Szeffel

U-Wei Bin Haji-Saari

Born in 1954, Mentakab, Malaysia. A filmmaker associated with the Malaysian New Wave of the 1990s. He studied directing at the New York School for Social Research. He is a member of Film Directors’ Association of Malaysia, and the first Malaysian director whose film, "Kaki Bakar", was presented in the prestigious Quinzaine des Réalisateurs section at Cannes IFF (1995).

Selected filmography:

1993 Perempuan, Isteri dan Jalang / Woman, Wife and Whore
1995 Black Widow Wajah Ayu / Black Widow: A Portrait of Ayu
1995 Kaki Bakar / The Arsonist
1997 Jagho
2004 Buai laju-laju
2012 Hanyut. Szaleństwo Almayera / Hanyut/Almayer's Folly

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