Later this year, Brunei will release its first ever feature length film (The Salt Monkeys movie is only 8 minutes long so it doesn’t count). It is debuting at the Hong Kong International Film Festival and Cannes before its wider release in August.
Here’s the synopsis:
“Love is never an easy matter, especially for Yasmine. The boy of her dreams, Adi is back in town but he hooks up with Dewi, her longtime rival. Tired of her school and tied up in an underdog Silat club, she decides to take matters into her own hands and start leading the team. At first, Yasmine’s secret activities are well hidden. However, when her father eventually finds out, he decides once and for all to save Yasmine from what he believes to be her downfall.”
I didn’t realize until I browsed the official website that the film actually stars Arfin Putra, one of the leads from The Raid 2. That is far greater star power than I expected the film to have. Personally, I’m heartened by the production quality of the footage in the teaser and look forward to the film immensely. I hope they include a bunch of locations from Brunei that are dear to me (Serasa yacht club, Unitech in Gadong, the International School, that roti stall on Jalan Kota Batu, Linggi’s on the Border) but I’m not holding my breath.
Have a good weekend everyone!