Fly by Night a much-anticipated film by emerging Malaysian Director Zahir Omar will premiere in Malaysian cinemas on April 11th. The film made its U.S. premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2019 and also at the New York Asian Film Festival 2019 recently.
Ahead of its release in Malaysia, the movie also made its debut at the prestigious 23rd Busan International Film Festival 2018, having been selected as one of the six feature film projects to receive the Post Production Fund from Asian Cinema Fund (ACF).
The feature debut of Zahir Omar, formerly the Assistant Director of a prominent voice in contemporary Malaysian cinema – the late Yasmin Ahmad, sees a stellar line up of cast, encompassing veterans Sunny Pang and Bront Palara and newcomer Jack Tan.
It takes viewers on a journey through the bustling underground streets of Kuala Lumpur, as it follows two brothers fronting as taxi drivers (Fabian Loo, Sunny Pang) accompanied by accomplices Ah Soon (Eric Chen) and Gwai Lo (Jack Tan), who target selected wealthy passengers to extort. In hot pursuit of them is the relentless policeman (Inspector Kamal) played by accomplished actor, Bront Palarae.
The movie is produced by Perin Petrus and Leonard Tee of Planet Films and tells the tale about a group of taxi drivers and small-time extortionists who are forced to escalate their criminal activities to pay off debts.
“The movie draws inspiration on the notion of “Nothing is what it seems”. It gives a fresh outlook on the possible double lives of the people we meet, specifically cab drives whom we entrust in taking us from one point to another without really knowing who they truly are” said director Zahir Omar.
“As ambitious local film makers and producers, we are thrilled at the kind of recognition this Malaysian film is receiving, these recognitions are a stepping stone for us to keep improving and bring local films to an international arena. We are honoured to be representing the Malaysian film industry globally and be able to carry the Malaysian flag strong and proud.” said Executive Producer, Perin Petrus.
Fly by Night has also received recognition in Macau when it was selected to be featured at the 3rd edition of the International Film Festival & Awards Macao (IFFAM) in the new competitive section for Chinese language films and was also screened at the Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival.