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Woo Ming Jin's "Stone Turtle" brings home the FIPRESCI Prize

Writer: Heidi Hsia


"Stone Turtle" is the first Malay language film to compete in Locarno, and it won!

18 Aug – Malaysian film, "Stone Turtle" has recently won the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at the Locarno Film Festival.

Expressing his joy at the film's success, lead actor Bront Palarae expressed, "This is for Ming Jin, the director, and Edmund, producer-editor, who'd worked so hard to bring all the pieces together."


"Being part of this journey together with them and the whole crew was such a great joy. We are very lucky that had a very good team, and this award is definitely a recognition to their good works."

Director Woo Ming Jin with Bront Palarae and Indonesian actress Asmara Abigail
Director Woo Ming Jin with Bront Palarae and Indonesian actress Asmara Abigail

The beautiful Asmara Abigail at Locarno
The beautiful Asmara Abigail at Locarno

The film stars Asmara Abigail and Bront Palarae
The film stars Asmara Abigail and Bront Palarae

"This wouldn't be possible without our supporters: MDeC, My Creative and FINAS. I hope that our Fipresci could help bring attention to interesting upcoming films from the region, particularly from Malaysia," he added.

According to the FIPRESCI prize jury, the movie impressed them for the "multiplicity of perspectives on urgent themes such as violence against women, the question of who has a right to citizenship, and the way we deal with our natural environment".

The film, directed by Woo Ming Jin, revolves around the stateless refugee Zahara (Asmara Abigail), who makes a living selling turtle eggs illegally on a remote Malaysian island, and her acquaintanceship with the supposed university researcher Samad (Bront Palarae).

Director Woo Ming Jin (middle)
Director Woo Ming Jin (middle)

The team enjoying their victory
The team enjoying their victory

Cinema Online, 18 August 2022


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