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LIEW Seng Tat   by admin
Filmmakers 10/17/07 12:33:03 am

刘城达

(photo by Tan Chui Mui, in tribute to Aki Kaurismaki.)
(摄影: 陈翠梅, 向Aki Kaurismaki致敬的照片)


Liew Seng Tat's first feature film "Flower in the Pocket" had just won its fifth award, Jury prize (Lotus du Jury) in 10th Deauville Asian Film Festival, France.

Liew Seng Tat was born on 30th September 1979, in a rather notorious area called Jinjang. He is known for making dark comedy - hilarious, ridiculous, absurd and yet touching. Since his first short film was shown in the Malaysian Shorts series in the Malaysian Film Club, he had never failed to win the audience award.

He get a lot of attention with his first short film "Bread skin with strawberry Jam". The film won Best Short Film in the 8th MVA, and in the following year, he win almost all the top prizes for short films categories, with his "Not Cool" and "Flower".

FLOWER IN THE POCKET is his first feature length film.


刘城达第一部电影, "口袋里的花", 在第10届法国杜维尔亚洲电影节里赢得了评委会奖。这也是这部电影的第五个奖项。

刘城达出生于1979年9月30日。他出生在一个不怎么出名,叫作增江的地区。制造拥有黑色幽默的电影,是他闻名的原因。他的电影除了搞笑、荒谬与荒唐之外,其实也有它感动的一面。自从他的第一部短片在Malaysian Film Club里的Malaysia Shorts series中播出后,他就从来没有在观众奖中落选过。

他的第一部短片"草莓面包"受到很多的瞩目。这部短片也在第八届电影录像节里赢得了最佳短片。之后,他也凭着短片"Not Cool"和"Flower",横扫短片类几乎所有重要的奖项。

"口袋里的花"是他的第一部长篇电影。

Liew's award-winning first film, FLOWER IN THE POCKET.
刘城达的第一部得奖电影,"口里袋的花"。



Liew on Liew in 2005
(extract from Fahmi Fadzil's interview.)

2005年的刘城达
(摘自Fahmi Fadzil的访谈)

"At least he's only mentally retarded," 。
mother of Liew Seng Tat recalled.
刘城达的妈妈在回忆时说:"幸好,他只是迟钝而已".


BORN in 1979, the third of five siblings, Liew Seng Tat grew up amidst plenty of love, lots of laughter, and frequent life-threatening family feuds involving kitchen knives.

He hardly said a word in the first year of his life. His mother, half suspecting that he was mute and mentally-retarded, was very relieved when he finally spoke at length on his first birthday.

"At least he's only mentally retarded," Mrs Liew recalled with a smile.


他出生于1979年,是五个兄弟姐妹中的老三。刘城达是在充满大爱、笑声和家庭纠纷频密(有时还恐怖到涉及厨房刀)的环境中长大的。

刘妈妈说城达在一出世至一岁时都不怎么会说话。她还曾经怀疑他是哑巴或迟钝的。当他在一岁生日当天终于说出话来时,刘妈妈才感到欣慰。

刘妈妈回顾时笑着说:"幸好,他只是迟钝而已"。

This is not a childhood photo of Liew.
This is a still from his film MATAHARI.
这不是城达童年时的照片。
这是他的纪录片"Matahari"里的剧照。


Much later, Liew graduated from the Multimedia University in Cyberjaya, majoring in 3D animation.

"Doesn't say much about the university," said his mother, raising her eyebrows.

After earning a living from it for three years in a local studio, Liew's interest in animation waned, and he turned to film. His first live action film, Bread Skin with Strawberry Jam, won the Best Short Film award at the Malaysian Video Awards in 2003. His second film, Not Cool, again won the highest accolade the following year.

When asked if she thought her son's streak of success in filmmaking is proof that he's not retarded after all, Mrs Liew merely laughed and then spat into a nearby drain.


后来,刘城达在赛城的多媒体大学毕业。主修是3D动画。

刘妈妈提高眉毛说:"我不想说太多有关大学的事."

在本地的工作室谋生三年后,城达对动画的兴趣慢慢减少,因而转去从事电影行业。他第一部实践的电影"口袋里的花",在2003年的大马独立电影展里赢得了最佳短片奖。而他的第二部电影"Not Cool",也在翌年拿下了最高荣誉奖。

刘妈妈被问说:"城达在制造电影方面这么成功,是否足以证明其实他并不是迟钝的?" 刘妈妈听后差点没笑出声来,然后往旁边的排水沟里吐了口水。


FEATURE FILMS

IN WHAT CITY DOES IT LIVE In script development, received Prince Claus Film Fund Grant in 25th CineMart 2008.

FLOWER IN THE POCKET Awards:
1. New Currents Award, 12th Pusan International Film Festival 2007
2. KNN Audience Award, 12th Pusan International Film Festival 2007
3. VPRO Tiger Award, 37th International Film Festival Rotterdam 2008
4. «Le Regard d'Or.» (Golden Gaze) Award, 22nd FRIBOURG International Film Festival 2008
5. Jury prize (Lotus du Jury), 10th Deauville Asian Film Festival 2008
6. LINO MICCICHE' PESARO NUOVO CINEMA Prize, 44th Pesaro Film Festival 2008
7.BEST ACTOR (ZI JIANG WONG & MING WEI LIM), ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2008, Italy.
8.BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM OR VIDEO AWARD, TORONTO REEL ASIAN 2008, Canada.

长篇电影 In What City Does It Live 的剧本还在进行中。这部戏也得到了2008年第25届CineMart所颁发的克劳斯亲王电影基金赠款。

"口袋里的花"所赢的奖项:
2007年第12届釜山国际电影节 - 新潮流大奖
2007年第12届釜山国际电影节 - KNN观众奖
2008年第37届鹿特丹国际电影节 - VPRO虎奖
2008年第22届弗里堡国际电影节 - Golden Gaze Award
2008年第10届杜维尔亚洲电影节 - 评审奖
2008??44?????????- LINO MICCICHE' PESARO NUOVO CINEMA Prize

A scene from FLOWER IN THE POCKET.
"口袋里的花"其中一幕.



SHORT FILMS:
DAUGHTERS
Commissioned by 36th Rotterdam Film Festival, as part of Meet the Maestro GUS VAN SANT programme.

MAN IN LOVE
36th International Film Festival Rotterdam

MATAHARI / 2006 (documentary)
36th International Film Festival Rotterdam

TUDUNG / 2005
24th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

A still from FLOWER.
"FLOWER"的剧照.

FLOWER / 2005
2006 Busan Asian Short Film Festival(Opening film)
35th International Film Festival Rotterdam
2004,9th Malaysian Video Awards (MVA) Best Short Film Drama(Open) Silver
2005,9th Malaysian Video Awards (MVA) Best ASEAN Short Film Bronze

NOT COOL / 2004
2004,9th Malaysian Video Awards (MVA) Best Short Film Drama(Open) Gold
2004,9th Malaysian Video Awards (MVA) Best ASEAN Short Film Gold

BREAD SKIN WITH STRAWBERRY JAM / 2003
2003,8th Malaysian Video Awards (MVA) Best Short Film Drama(Open) Gold
2003,8th Malaysian Video Awards (MVA) Best ASEAN Short Film (Below 60 min) Silver

Don't Play Play, 2002 (3d animation )
4th Mise-en-scene Genre Film Festival 2005
Short Shorts Film Festival Asia, Japan 2004
26th Asian American International Film Festival, New York 2003
9th International Animation Festival in Japan, Hiroshima 2002
The Good and the Evil, 2000 (3d animation)

短片:
DAUGHTERS
这部短片是由鹿特丹电影节赞助的。而这赞助费也是Meet the Maestro GUS VAN SANT方案的其中一部分。

MAN IN LOVE
第36届鹿特丹国际电影节

MATAHARI/2006 (纪录片)
第36届国际电影节鹿特丹

TUDUNG/2005
第24届洛杉矶亚太电影节

FLOWER/2005
2006年釜山亚洲短片电影节(开幕电影)
第35届国际电影节鹿特丹
2004年第9届马来西亚影片奖(电影录像节)最佳短片戏剧(公开)银奖
2005年第9届马来西亚影片奖(电影录像节)东南亚最佳短片铜奖

NOT COOL/2004
2004年第9届马来西亚影片奖(电影录像节)最佳戏剧短片(公开)金奖
2004年第9届马来西亚影片奖(电影录像节)东南亚最佳短片金奖

草莓面包/2003
2003年第8届马来西亚影片奖(电影录像节)最佳戏剧短片(公开)金奖
2003年第8届马来西亚影片奖(电影录像节)东南亚最佳短片(少过60分钟)银奖

DON'T PLAY PLAY, 2002 (3D动画)
2005年第4届MGFF短片电影展
2004年日本短短片电影节
2003年纽约第26届美国旧金山国际亚裔电影节
2002年日本广岛第9届国际动画节
2000年The Good and The Evil(3D动画)

A scene from "Daughters".
"DAUGHTERS"的其中一幕


INTERVIEWS:
访问:

Liew Seng Tat ANSWER | Tan Chui Mui Questions
问:陈翠梅 / 答: 刘城达

Fahmi Fadzil: He is Headed Somewhere


Get Liew Seng Tat's DVD here!
在此购买刘城达的电影DVD!




Comments:

Congratulations to Mr Liew on making such a moving film! I will definitely be looking forward to this film at GSC when it comes out.

However, I read in The Sun (17/12/2007) today that what will be shown in the cinema is a censored version, much to my dismay. Is there a possibility for this film to be released on DVD someday with all the scenes intact as well as special features which includes Mr.Liew's thoughts on making the film as well as interviews with the two child actors on their experience making this film. I would certainly be the first in line to buy this DVD if there are plans to release it on DVD.

I sincerely believe that Mr Liew, together with other crop of local filmmakers such as James Lee, Amir Muhammad, Ho Yuhang, Yasmin Ahmad and Tan Chui Mui are Malaysia's golden generation of independent filmmakers. You guys are the future of filmmaking in Malaysia and I wish to let you know that you all have a ready market locally and internationally who will support all of you even if the mainstream (FINAS, Film Censorship Board among others) doesn't.

Keep up the good work and please let us fans know any great film updates from you guys!

- Philip C.K. Gan
Senior Writer, KLWEEKLY
www.klweekly.com

Philip C.K. Gan [Visitor] · http://www.klweekly.com 12/17/07 @ 10:36
Thank U Mr Liew .Good information

Maria [Visitor] · http://music-collection.net 12/18/07 @ 13:15
Dear Philip and Maria,

Thanks for leaving us your thoughts n comments.

I didn't cut-out those scenes that needed to be censored, I pixelated them instead. SO the whole film is pretty much still 'complete'.

Yeah do check out the dvd when it's released(sometime next year). COz there'll be some extra materials like 'the making of', deleted scenes and some promo videos.

Thanks for your positive attitude towards our works. It's definitely a big encouragement for us.

sengtat [Visitor] 12/22/07 @ 15:26
i have watched this lovely and beautiful local film.

the 2 child actors are very cute, like their acting!


lock [Visitor] 12/24/07 @ 10:19
I live in NY and are eager to see all the local film. What can I buy the DVD?

tattfoo [Visitor] · http://www.tattfoo.com 12/24/07 @ 12:23
Thanks Lock. The child actors in the film are very talented. I'm glad that I found them.

tattfoo: Da huang pictures is setting up an online shop where you could purchase all the dvds produced by our company. Will send out notification once it's ready.

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