Batu Pahat, Johor,-raised director Quek Shio Chuan, 32, is getting a lot of attention at the 21st Shanghai International Film Festival, and the Asia Fukuoka International Film Festival 2018, thanks to Guang.
A press statement from film distributor mm2 Entertainment said Guang had also been nominated in four categories – Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress – at the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) Asian New Talent Awards.
Last year another Malaysian director, Tan Seng Kiat, won Best Film, Best Cinematographer and Best Actor at SIFF for his movie Shuttle Life.
Guang has also been selected to be in competition for the Fukuoka Audience Award (Focus on Asia) at the Fukuoka International Film Festival 2018.
The movie is based on a short film directed by the University Tunku Abdul Rahman graduate in 2011. That original film travelled to various international festivals, winning at 7th Leids Film Festival in the Netherlands and 6th Festival Alto Vicentino in Italy.
Guang tells the story of Wen Guang, a young man who struggles with autism. His brother tells to find a job so they can share family expenses, and he does go looking but it’s a difficult process. Unknown to anyone, Wen Guang has a gift for music.
“It’s been a very long journey, and sometimes making this film almost felt impossible. I’m very humbled and honoured to be recognised for all our hard work on the film,” said Quek in a statement.
Guang is scheduled for a December release in Malaysia.