KLIFF 2008 Awards

December 3rd, 2008 - 3:36 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

KLIFF 2008 AwardsThe Kuala Lumpur International Film Festival 2008 awards was held at Dewan Merdeka, PWTC, in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 29.

Twenty-two films from around the world competed in 15 categories. There were performances by local and international artists, featuring the live performances of all-girl band Ladylike from Sweden, snippets from Impak Maksima The Musical, a duet featuring Indonesian singer/songwriter Melly Goeslaw and Yusry of KRU, Point Blanc provided a hip-hop number, while Ning Baizura did a medley of classic James Bond tunes, including Goldfinger, as the show came to a close.

The two-hour show with the 15 awards presentations and entertainment. Sarimah Ibrahim cracked the audience up with her brand of humour. There were some celebrities in the midst, most notably Bollywood star Mallika Sherawat, who presented an award with actor/director Hans Isaac.

The winner of the night was Brazilian film, Alice’s House directed by Chico Teixeira, which was awarded overall Best Film. The award came with a RM20,000 cash prize, trophy and certificate. The film also grabbed the Best South American Film and Best Actress (Carla Ribas) awards.

The Best Film category was divided into continent of origin such as Asia, North America, South America, Africa and Europe. Malaysia’s only film in competition for KLIFF 2008 was Wayang, which was awarded the Jury Merit Award. The film, directed by Professor Hatta Azad Khan, starred Eman Manan as a shadow puppet tok dalang (master puppeteer) who faces all sorts of obstacles in passing down this age-old tradition.

The Best Director award went to Yes!

Kuala Lumpur International Film Festival winners:

Best Film: Alice’s House (Brazil)

Best Actress: Carla Ribas (Alice’s House – Brazil)

Best Actor: Nadim Sawalha (Captain Abu Raed – Jordan)

Best Director: Yes!That’s Us (Divizionz – South Africa/Uganda)

Best African Film: Divizionz (South Africa/Uganda)

Best Asian Film: Captain Abu Raed (Jordan)

Best European Film: Darling (France)

Best North American Film: Fugitive Pieces (Canada)

Best South American Film: Alice’s House (Brazil)

Best Screenplay: Hassan and Morcos (Egypt)

Best Cinematography: Cape No. 7 (Taiwan)

Best Sound: Hamoon and Darya (Iran)

Best Music Score: Divizionz (South Africa/Uganda)

Best Editing: Darling (France)

Jury Merit Award: Wayang (Malaysia)

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