Locarno player’s “Stone Turtle” taken from Parallax

China sales agent Parallax movies acquired the international sales rights to Malaysian director Ming Jing Woo’s Stone Turtle, which has its world premiere in Locarno Film Festivalinternational competition.

The time-traveling film Stone Turtle is produced by Edmund Yeo and Ming Jin Woh at Malaysia’s Greenlight Pictures and co-produced by Cheng Tim Kian and Yulia Evina Bhara at KawanKawan Media in Indonesia.

The story follows Zahara, a stateless refugee who lives on a small remote island in Malaysia where she makes a living selling turtle eggs.

One day, Samad, claiming to be a university researcher, visits the island, wanting to hire Zahara to show him around. As the day progresses, Zahara and Samad become entangled in a dangerous dance of duplicity and deceit.

“’Stone Turtle’ is a metaphorical journey of a woman seeking justice, personal and social, amidst systemic oppression. It is also a preservation of the long-forgotten folklore of my country,” said director and producer Ming Jin Woo.

A leading voice of the Malaysian New Wave, Ming Jin Woo’s previous films have attracted strong international interest. He became the first Malaysian Heller in history to represent the country at the Big Three European festivals.

His feature debut “Monday Morning Glory” (2005) was selected for Berlin. The second, The Elephant and the Sea (2007), won the Special Jury Prize at the Turin Film Festival. Woo’s “Woman on Fire Looks for Water” (2009) became the second Malaysian film to be selected for the Venice Orizzonti section, while “Tiger Factory” (2010) was the third Malaysian film to be officially selected for Cannes.

Parallax is the international film sales and distribution brand of Midnight Blur Films, specializing in the worldwide distribution of quality films and promotion at international film festivals. There are sales agents in Paris, New York, Beijing and Shanghai.

“I’m definitely looking forward to our collaboration here as I’ve been a fan of Parallax Films’ catalog over the past few years, such as last year’s New Old Play by Qiu JiongJiong. So we are of course delighted to have ‘Stone Turtle’ as part of their always exciting line-up,” said producer Edmund Yeo Diversity.

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