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“Tiger Stripes” From Malaysia Wins Grand Prize At Cannes International Critics’ Week

“Tiger Stripes” From Malaysia Wins Grand Prize At Cannes International Critics’ Week

The Grand Prix of the International Critics’ Week in France awards Amanda Nell Eu and her team a cash prize of €10,000 (RM49,600).

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They made it, Malaysians!

Just last month, news of a local horror Malaysian movie making it into the nomination for the 62nd Cannes International Critics’ Week made us all proud.

READ MORE: Amanda Nell Eu Is First Malaysian Female Filmmaker To Get Invited To Cannes For Tiger Stripes

But now guess what, they’re not just nominated, they won an award there! And not just any award, it’s the top award in that whole film competition!

La Semaine de la Critique (The Cannes Critics’ Week/ International Critics’ Week) is a parallel section of the prestigious 2023 Cannes Film Festival in France that showcases the first or second feature films by new directors.

The Grand Prize is awarded by the jury (journalists and film critics are invited to vote after each screening of the Selection) of La Semaine de la Critique from one of the seven feature films in competition.

The good news was shared by 37-year-old KL-filmmaker, Amanda Nell Eu in her Instagram profile, stating how she was in disbelief over the achievement.

Produced by Ghost Grrrl Pictures, a young film company that produces female-centric stories coming from the South East Asian region, Tiger Stripes bags the Grand Prix (Grand Prize) in the Semaine De La Critique which saw them bringing home a total of €10,000 (RM49,600) in cash prize.

This achievement marks the first win by a Malaysian filmmaker in such a distinguished event among emerging filmmakers. Semaine De La Critique is said to have found famous filmmakers such as Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant, Babel, Birdman), Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Crimson’s Peak, Pacific Rim), as well as Wong Kar Wai (The Grandmaster, Happy Together, 2046).

Besides that, Tiger Stripes is also nominated for the Caméra d’Or category in the major Cannes Film Festival. The Cannes Film Festival has a lot of awards under it, from films made by experienced filmmakers to new ones.

As one of the prestigious awards for the best first feature film of the festival, the Caméra d’Or category chooses the best works of debutants among three parallel programs under the Cannes Film Festival – The Official Selection, Directors’ Fortnight and International Critics’ Week.

The award will be presented by an independent jury at the closing ceremony of the major festival, on May 27. So let’s get our fingers crossed!

Tiger Stripes has not been released yet in Malaysia but you can watch the trailer first here.

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