It’s the year for Malaysian’s in film! Tiger Stripes, directed by Amanda Nell Eu, is the first Malaysian film in Cannes since 2010, and the filmmaker herself, the first Malaysian female to go to Cannes.
Tiger Stripes, a Malay-language horror, from Malaysia’s Ghost Grrrl Pictures is selected for the coveted Cannes Critics’ Week, a parallel section that runs alongside the Cannes Film Festival. The section focuses on first and second features from emerging directors selected by the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics.
The Malaysian horror film will have its world premiere at the festival alongside 11 titles selected from 1,000 films screened. Tiger Stripes follows 12-year-old girl Zaffan as she struggles with puberty and discovers that her body is morphing in a terrifying way. Provoked by her own community, she learns that embracing her true self is the only answer to her freedom. The film features three rising stars: Zafreen Zairizal, Deena Ezral and Piqa; alongside veteran Malaysian actors Shaheizy Sam, Jun Lojong and Fatimah Abu Bakar.
Trailblazer Amanda Nell Eu is no stranger to the film festival circuit. The director’s previous short film premiered at the Venice International Film Festival to critical acclaim, gaining her a Special Mention at the International Short Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand. The director’s next short also won her Best Picture at the Scream Asia Horror Shorts Competition.
Hence, this is the next best step for her — the critically acclaimed Malaysian filmmaker will be making her mark in feature films with Tiger Stripes.