Making its Asian premiere in Singapore, Interchange delves into a subterranean underworld fusing various film genres into a visionary neo-noir steeped in the shamanistic myths of Southeast Asia.
From a steamy underground antiques market, to dark alleys lined up with streetwalkers, drag nightclubs and faceless facades of residential towers – Interchange conjures a fantastical and shadowy world set in an unnamed metropolis in Malaysia, brought to life with leading actors from Malaysia and Indonesia.
Troubled by disturbing visions and recovering from a psychotic breakdown from a previous case, forensics photographer Adam (Iedil Putra) keeps away from work; locking himself in his room at a high-rise as he obsesses over taking voyeuristic photos of his neighbours at the opposite block. As a series of macabre murders are discovered within the city, detective Man (Shaheizy Sam, who expertly plays up the tropes of the hardboiled investigator) enlists Adam’s help, just as the latter is drawn to Iva (Prisia Nasution), the mysterious femme fatale whom he had previously photographed.
Troubled by the inexplicable sights of corpses drained of blood, hanging from ceilings with littered feathers and shattered glass negatives, these murders hint of a much darker ritualistic purpose. As they delve deeper into the mystery, Adam gets closer to Iva, whom he discovers is embroiled in these strange happenings that involve an ancient tribe from Borneo, as well as a man with unusual physiology and powers (the award-winning Nicholas Saputra).
With Interchange, director Dain Iskandar Said continues to exert his bold artistic vision - confidently conjuring a world of magical shape-shifting shamans and mystical beings within the urban landscape. As he amplifies the anxiety of the supernatural intruding into our rational society, the film also presents a parable about the entrance of modernity and its curse upon our secular world and its tribal past.
- Dain Iskandar Said studied film and photography at the University of Westminster in London before embarking on a versatile directing career in Malaysia. In 2009, he co-founded the production company Apparat with Nandita Solomon and released the feature Bunohan (2012), Malaysia’s official entry for the Academy Awards. It took home eight out of thirteen awards at the 25th Malaysian Film Festival. Interchange is his 2nd feature directed and produced through Apparat.
- Nandita Solomon
- Dain Iskandar Said, Nandita Solomon, June Tan, Redza Minhat
- Shaheizy Sam, Nicholas Saputra, Prisia Nasution, Iedil Putra, Nadiya Nisaa, Alvin Wong, Chew Kin Wah
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The Pursuit of a Happy Human Life
Steph is leaving Singapore and her best friend Yokes is trying to come to terms with this news. Both friends know that this day is probably the last day they will spend time together before Steph leaves. They attempt to go through the day with their usual banter albeit awkward moments but tension rises when Yokes is unable to deal with her emotions of Steph leaving.
Since her film Ying & Summer (2011), director Gladys Ng continues to explore the intricate yet complex relationships between female friends. In The Pursuit of a Happy Human Life, she captures the youthful exuberance of two girls struggling to make sense about their uncertainties of the future and unexpressed emotions. Her gentle observations lure the viewer into the subtle nuances of adolescent relationships.
- Gladys Ng’s recent short film, My Father after Dinner, was awarded the Best Singapore Short Film at the 26th Singapore International Film Festival. She was trained in writing and directing at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia, and in 2012, participated in FLY ASEAN-ROK in South Korea. She developed her new short film earlier this year during a film residency under Objectifs.