WOO Ming Jin Malaysia, Indonesia 91 mins NC16 (Violence and Sexual References) Singapore Premiere
A refugee and a researcher are embroiled in a devious game of deception in this spellbinding island folk horror.
Zahara, a stateless refugee, becomes the guardian for her orphaned niece after a traumatic incident. Selling turtle eggs to survive, the pair live on a remote island where the living and the dead seemingly coexist. But their life of isolation soon changes with the arrival of Samad, a researcher who convinces Zahara to assist him in navigating the island. Along the way, Zahara and Samad’s interactions lead to a battle of wits and cunning—with deadly results.
Stone Turtle is a revenge thriller that unfolds through unconventional storytelling including an animated segment. This wild and dynamic genre mashup featuring local folklore makes Woo Ming Jin one of the most exciting directors from the Malaysian New Wave.
WOO Ming Jin
WOO Ming Jin is a Malaysian director, writer, and producer whose films have travelled to major international film festivals. His 2014 feature Second Life of Thieves was screened at the 25th SGIFF. Stone Turtle won the FIPRESCI Prize at the Locarno Film Festival.