Interview: Malaysia Director Amanda Nell Eu

Amanda Nell Eu directed Tiger Stripes win Cannes award. Music Press Asia

Malay-language arthouse horror film Tiger Stripes made history by becoming the first Malaysian film to win the grand prize for best feature at the Cannes’ Critics’ Week, a sidebar for the prestigious Cannes Film Festival that is dedicated to first or second films.

The debut effort by Malaysian director Amanda Nell Eu won the €10,000 (RM49,400) grand prize of the 62nd edition of Cannes’ Critics Week.

The film is also still in competition for the Camera d’Or prize, which is an award for the best first feature film presented in one of the Cannes’ selections (Official Selection, Directors’ Fortnight, or International Critics’ Week).

Tiger Stripes directed by Malaysia Amanda Nell Eu. Music Press Asia
[Tiger Stripes is directed by Malaysian Amanda Nell Eu. Music Press Asia]

According to a report by Screen Daily, Critics’ Week’s 2023 jury president Audrey Diwan said that the Tiger Stripes was “Irreverent and uncompromising”.

The 37-year-old Eu is the first female director from Malaysia to have a film featured in Cannes, and Tiger Stripes is also only the fourth Malaysian feature film at Cannes, and the first since since 2010.

Only three other Malaysian films have been chosen for Cannes previously – U-Wei Saari’s Kaki Bakar in 1995, 2009’s Karaoke by Chris Chong Chan Fui, and Woo Ming Jin’s The Tiger Factory in 2010.

Read Amanda’s interview here. The interview was written by Manuela Ayuste-Azadian and published by Film Fest Report.

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