Redha, a Malaysian film that revolves around an autistic child and his family, has been chosen by Finas to represent the country in the Foreign Language Film category of the 89th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California.
The film, directed by Tunku Mona Riza, has already won a string of international awards including a best actress nod for June Lojong at the World Premieres Film Festival in Manila, the Philippines in July. Redha is also set to represent Malaysia in the 4th Casa Asia Film Week in Barcelona and the 10th Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Brisbane, Australia.
Redha also stars child actor Harith Haziq as the boy with autism, while Lojong is the character’s mother. Other actors include Namron, Remy Ishak, Nadiya Nisaa, Ruminah Sidek and Susan Lankester.
Redha follows a handful of other Malaysian films sent by Finas to compete in the Oscars – Puteri Gunung Ledang in 2005, Bunohan in 2013 and Lelaki Harapan Dunia in 2015.
The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences (which organises the Oscars) will only be making its final list of eligible foreign language films later in October. From that list, nine will be picked on Jan 17; however, only five entries will be included in the final list, to be announced on Jan 24. The Oscars will be held on Feb 26.