Just got an email from Ming Jin early this morning (around 3am). Our film, DAYS OF THE TURQUOISE SKY (known to Malaysian audiences as KURUS) had won the Special Jury Prize at the Bangkok International Film Festival's Golden Kinnaree Awards last night, under the South-East Asian Competition.
Prior to Bangkok, this telemovie was screened at the Hong Kong, Taipei, Brisbane and the Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festivals. You can check out the full list of award winners here.
In case you haven't been following this blog earlier this year, here's a summary of the film:
Ali (newcomer Arshad Zamir), a 15-year-old boy living in rural Malaysia, is enduring the usual growing pains: —smart-arse bullies, teenage boredom, and a single-parent household. But the arrival of the new English teacher, Miss Liew (Carmen Soo), unleashes in Ali one serious schoolboy crush. On top of his father's complicated love life and his own yearnings for Miss Liew, Ali also witnesses his best friend's mixed-up feelings towards the posh new girl in class transform from loathing to love.
(UPDATED 3rd of May, 2016)
The entire KURUS / DAYS OF THE TURQUOISE SKY film is here: