Nam Ron’s film, One Two Jaga, which looks into corruption in the police department, was named the Best Film at this year’s Malaysia Film Festival (FFM).
The film’s star Rosdeen Suboh was also named Best Actor, while Nam Ron nabbed the Best Director award.
It won a total of six awards including Most Original Story, Best Poster and Best Screenplay.
“It wasn’t easy to come up with film’s story, what more writing it,” said Nam Ron, who is one of three writers behind the screenplay.
Two other films that made an impact were Guang and Dukun, with four wins each.
Guang won Kyo Chen the Best New Actor and Quek Shio Chuan the Best New Director accolades.
FFM, regarded as Malaysia’s Oscars, saw 42 films competing in 27 categories including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Film. FFM-30 was held at Plenary Hall, Putrajaya International Convention Centre, last night (March 30).
One of the unsurprising wins of the night was Syamsul Yusof’s Munafik 2, which was named the Box Office Film, a special category to award film with highest box office earnings. The horror flick earned an impressive RM43mil, making it the highest grossing local film. Munafik 2 holds the record for highest earning on its sneak preview (RM2.05mil), highest opening weekend (RM5.2mil), and earning RM21.6mil in just four days.
Meanwhile Datin Seri Umie Aida received the Best Actress award, for her role as Diana Dahlan in Dukun. The movie was released after a 12-year wait.
”This win is for all the actresses who play strong women in movies. I hope more films will continue to showcase and elevate the role of women,” said Umie.
It was reported that Umie went to great lengths to prepare for the role. In the Dain Said’s film, she plays a seductive shaman who lands in jail for the death of a businessman after a ritual she performed didn’t go as planned. Filmed in 2006, it is loosely based on Mona Fandey who was found guilty for the murder of Datuk Mazlan Idris in 1993, and was executed in 2001.
FFM is organised by Finas, Ministry of Communications And Multimedia and 11 film bodies. FFM-30 was expected to be held at the end of last year, but was delayed as the Finas board of directors were not appointed in time.