Amanda Nell Eu’s ‘Tiger Stripes’ Becomes First Malaysian Film Selected for Cannes Critics’ Week 2023

1st Malaysian female filmmaker invited to Cannes
By: Balqis Ariffin
April 17, 2023

Tiger Stripes, a Malay-language horror film directed by Amanda Nell Eu, has been selected for the Cannes International Critics’ Week, a parallel section of the prestigious 2023 Cannes Film Festival.

It marks the first time a Malaysian film has been selected for the Cannes Film Festival since 2010, following the selection of Kaki Bakar, Karaoke, and The Tiger Factory. This debut feature film also indicates the first time a Malaysian female filmmaker has been invited to Cannes.

The film is in competition for the prestigious Caméra d’Or prize, which is awarded by the Cannes Film Festival. 

Tiger Stripes is a coming-of-age film that follows Zaffan, a 12-year-old girl who struggles with puberty and discovers her body changes in a horrifying way. As she is spurred further by her own community, she quickly realises that accepting her actual self is the only way to achieve freedom.

Amanda Nell Eu, Tiger Stripes director 

The film will star three newcomers, Zafreen Zairizal, Deena Ezral, and Piqa, alongside renowned actors Shaheizy Sam, Jun Lojong, and Fatimah Abu Bakar.

Tiger Stripes is a debut feature film produced by Ghost Grrrl Pictures, a production company founded by Amanda Nell Eu and Foo Fei Ling. Eu’s filmography includes the release of two short films, Lagi Senang Jaga Sekandang Lembu and Vinegar Baths.

This 62nd edition of the Cannes Critics’ Week, which focuses on first- and second-time productions, runs from 17th to 25th May. The Tiger Stripes will premiere in Malaysia in the near future.

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