Thu, 10 November 2011, 22:35 PM (HKT)
Malaysian film-maker Liew Seng Tat has claimed a fourth public bursary for his long gestating second feature In What City Does It Live?
The project's Dutch co-producer Volya Films has been granted €50000 by HBF Plus, part of The Netherlands' Hubert Bals Fund. Volya will contribute to the soundtrack with music and sound editing.
City focuses on the unexpected presence of an African immigrant hiding in a small Malaysian village who arouses the superstitions of the local residents. That calls into question whether home is defined by the place you live or by the people who surround you.
The project was first presented in January 2008 at Rotterdam's CineMart where it collected the Prince Claus Fund Film Grant. In January this year it collected $10,000 when it was named as one of the three inaugural recipients of the Sundance Institute | Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award. And in July this year it was announced that it would receive €50,000 from the Berlin festival's World Cinema Fund.
Currently attached as co-producers are Volya Films (The Netherlands), Mandra Films (France) and Flying Moon Filmproduktion (Germany) as well as Malaysia's Everything Films.
Liew's debut feature Flower in the Pocket (口 袋裏的花 ,2007) collected multiple awards and prizes at the Busan, Rotterdam, Fribourg and Pesaro festivals. In 2008, he was selected to participate at the Cannes Residence Cinéfondation.