Malaysia’s Astro Shaw is bringing a slate of new productions to AFM, headed by sci-fi road comedy Nova, as it ramps up production with an eye on international markets.
Nova, about a filmmaker who convinces his friends to chase UFOs across Malaysia, recently received its world premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival.
The film is directed by Nik Amir Mustapha, whose debut feature KIL won best film, screenplay and supporting actress at the Malaysian Screen Awards 2013. Nova’s ensemble cast includes Bront Palarae and Amerul Affendi, who both had roles in hit action movie Bunohan, and Iedil Putra (KL Zombie).
The film arm of pay-TV giant Astro Malaysia Holdings, Astro Shaw is also unveiling two films currently in post-production – action comedy Police Evo and romantic melodrama The Sky Of Love.
Directed by Ghaz Abu Bakar, Police Evo stars comedian and TV star Zizan Razak, who has also appeared in hit films such as KL Gangster, along with actor Shaheizy Sam (Songlap). The duo play cops on the trail of a druglord. The film is scheduled for release in Malaysia in July 2015.
Scheduled for release in May 2015, The Sky Of Love is directed by Osman Ali and stars Nur Fazura, Keith Foo and Farid Kamil. Astro Shaw’s slate also includes Malaysia’s highest-grossing domestic production ever, The Journey, which took $5.4m at the local box office earlier this year.