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Thursday, January 26, 2006

International Film Screenings at FINAS (Free!)

I got to know about this International Film Screenings last year and so far, I have found it to be a very interesting experience. First of all you get to watch movies free, and secondly, as you will see from February's programme, the movies shown are very highly acclaimed. Furthermore, once a month, they have a Directors in Conversation session where you get to watch a local film, bombard the director with questions in a Q&A session, and also chat with the director afterwards. And as far as I have seen, movies have been uncensored.

Past Directors in Conversation sessions include Sepet, where Yasmin Ahmad and Sharifah Amani made an appearance(I went for that!); Chemman Chaalai(The Gravel Road), a Malaysian Tamil film(yes!) by Deepak Menon; Kaki Bakar by U-Wei bin Haji Saari and the list goes on.

The following is taken from an email sent out to the Kaki Kino mailing list:

It is with great pleasure that we wish to announce the return of the international film screenings that we used to organise at the Asia-Europe Institute, UM.

There have been many changes over the last few months, especially since Gareth left AEI. First of all, four of us (Gareth, Wan, Khadijah and Noorshah) have established KAKI KINO as a film consultancy through which we hope to encourage progressive film culture in Malaysia.

More importantly, starting in February the new home for the film screenings will be the National Film Development Corporation (FINAS) which is located next to Zoo Negara in Ampang. We are very happy with this new arrangement. The FINAS Director General, Fauzi Ayob, is keen to encourage a more vigorous engagement with world cinema and the screenings are part of this new direction.

The film screenings will take the same format as before. International films will be shown every Wednesday evening at 8.30 pm, while the last Saturday of each month will be used to showcase the best of Malaysian filmmakers. As usual, we will be providing a short introductory talk, programme notes and refreshments (hurray!). Admission to all films is free.

One important change to note is that the screening of The Sea Inside is now on Thursday 2 February at 8.30 pm (because 1 February is a public holiday in Kuala Lumpur). All other regular screenings will be on Wednesday evenings except the Directors In Conversation series which will be on Saturdays.


The full address for the film screenings is:
Auditorium P. Ramlee
National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS)
Studio Merdeka Complex
Lot 1662, Jalan Hulu Kelang
68000 Ampang
Tel: 4108 5722 (FINAS)


Thursday 2 February at 8.30 pm
Spain 2004, 125 mins., Dir. Alenjandro Amenabar
Winner of Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards 2005

Wednesday 8 February at 8.30 pm
USA 2004, 152 mins., Dir. Taylor Hackford
Winner of Best Actor, Academy Awards 2005

Wednesday 15 February at 8.30 pm
France/Germany 2002, 150 mins., Dir. Roman Polanski
Winner of Best Director and Best Actor, Academy Awards 2003

Wednesday 22 February at 8.30 pm
Germany 2004, 156 mins., Dir. Oliver Hirschbiegel
Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards 2005

Saturday 25 February at 3.30 pm
Malaysia 2005, 87 mins., Dir. Woo Ming Jin
The director will be in conversation with Dr Wan Zawawi Ibrahim (ATMA-UKM) after the screening

Getting There

FINAS is located right next to Zoo Negara in Ampang.

By Bus
If you opt for public transportation, take Intrakota Bus No 20 from Central Market, a No 170 bus from Jalan Ampang, or a No 17 bus from Jalan Raja Laut in the Chow Kit area.

By Rail
Take the PUTRA LRT at Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station, getting off at Wangsa Maju station. From there, take a taxi to FINAS.

By Car
If you plan to drive, FINAS is located about 13km from Kuala Lumpur city centre, along Jalan Hulu Kelang, which is accessible through Jalan Ampang. The main highway to Ampang is the Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2).

If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to drop us a line at kaki.kino@yahoo.com

Best wishes
Gareth & Wan Zawawi (on behalf of Kaki Kino)

End of Email

by Ng Eng Han

Relevant links
Schedule for March 2006


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