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Malaysia: Tan Chui Mui of Da Huang Pictures

“As many filmmakers you probably don’t know, you succeed to play with time – and time passing and waitings – to express inner feelings. Many shots are still in my memory…I feel you are filmmaking with a great sensitiveness and a personal point of view on human beings.”
- Philippe Avril, Producer, CEO and International Department Director, Unifrance, France

“Malaysia’s most promising young director.”
- Shelly Kraicer, Editor, Chinese Cinema Digest, Canada

Tan Chui Mui, Amir Muhammad, James Lee, and Liew Seng Tat established Da Huang Pictures in 2004. It is a film collective based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with the aim of making films as the director envisions. Chui Mui has been actively involved in the Malaysian independent film industry, working as producer, editor, scriptwriter and occasionally, actress, besides directing her own films and television programmes. She has completed 2 features and 7 short films to date, which have mostly shown at international film festivals in Europe and Asia. Beginning her career as a columnist in local newspapers and magazines, she showed talent in Chinese writing from a young age, and graduated in Film and Animation from the Multimedia University in Cyberjaya, Malaysia where she tutored. In 2007, she garnered the coveted Tiger Award from the 36th International Film Festival Rotterdam with her debut feature film Love Conquers All. The film went on to sweep other fêted awards and won her much acclaim in the worldwide scene. Her latest film project Living Quietly received the French CNC Script Development Award. Chui Mui is currently in Paris with the 14th session Cinefondation Cannes Residency.

Selected Filmography:
Feature Films
Living Quietly (2007)
Love Conquers All (2006)
Short Films
Company of Mushrooms (2006)
A Tree in Tanjung Malim (2005)
Esperando Por Felicidad (2003)
Hometown (2003)
There is Treasure Everywhere (2000)
Award
Cannes Filmmaker in Residence (2007)
Love Conquers All, Fipresci Award & New Currents Award, 11th Pusan International Film Festival, 2006
Company of Mushrooms, In Competition, 35th International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2006
A Tree in Tanjung Malim, Principal Prize, 51st Oberhausen International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 2005
Esperando Por Felicidad, Winner, Fly By Night Video Challenge, Singapore, 2003