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The Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival aims to champion environmental concerns.

THE country's very own green film festival is back for the sixth time this year and will feature a myriad of international and local award-winning environment-themed films.

Touted as one of the biggest environmental film festivals in Malaysia, this year's Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF) will be held at MAP Publika, Solaris Dutamas, from Oct 11 to 13.

In its previous instalments, the festival – a project initiated by non-profit organisation EcoKnights – has reached out to over 46,000 Malaysians through its film screenings at selected venues all over the peninsular.

When it first kicked off, the festival was intended as a tool to build a nation of ecologically-conscious businesses, individuals and communities through on-ground activities and film screenings on critical environmental issues. These days though, KLEFF has elevated to greater heights thanks to the extensive support from the community.

"What started as a small project to challenge Malaysians to document environmental issues and concerns in the country has evolved to an international platform where Malaysians and filmmakers combine forces to champion environmental concerns," says festival director Yasmin Rasyid.

Throughout the years, the KLEFF has managed to cultivate an audience that is more conscious about the environmental issues surrounding them. Yasmin commented that she's witnessed a transition of mindsets in how Malaysians view their immediate environment.

"We have seen an insurgence of a very young and collective movement of environmentalists. For once, the KLEFF audience now wants to know what they can do immediately as remedy to the current desecrated state of environment," she says.

Throughout the festival period this year, six official selections, two feature films, 12 documentaries, 12 short films, eight animations and three public service announcements (PSA) representing over 22 countries will be screened.

"This year's programme offers unique insights into the planet's challenges in dealing with intensive man-made activities. The films will offer festival-goers new experiences, both in the subject matter, and the way the filmmakers tell their stories," says Yasmin.

The festival will be honouring the films in eight categories, namely Best Film, Best International Documentary, Best Malaysian Documentary, Best International Short Film, Best Malaysian Short Film, Best Animation, Best PSA and Jury Award.

One of the official selection films to be screened is A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle For A Living Planet. Written and directed by Mark Kitchell, the film is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement spanning 50 years from conservation to climate change.

Another notable film is Pandora's Promise, a production by Academy Award-nominated director Robert Stone on the subject of nuclear power.

An audience favourite at the Sundance Film Festival, Pandora's Promise poses the question on whether the technology we fear the most could save our planet from a climate catastrophe. While film screenings make up the gist of the festival, it also serves as a platform for the creative and gifted to showcase their artistic contribution to the environment.

The three-day event will also feature musical performances by local artistes, an eco-fashion show, environment-themed community workshops, talks and forums as well as an exhibition at the Boulevard, Publika. 

Dominic Cooper could play Freddie Mercury


THE British actor is reportedly in talks to star in the biopic of the Queen frontman, according to Latino Review.

Following Sacha Baron Cohen's departure from the project last summer, producers on the Freddie Mercury biopic continue their search for a new leading man. A rumour last month suggested that Daniel Radcliffe would portray the rock star, who died in 1991, but speculation was quickly cut short by Radcliffe himself.

Dominic Cooper is the latest name to enter the rumour mill. Propelled to fame by Mamma Mia!, the actor is better known today for his portrayal of Iron Man's father in Captain America.

No official reports have confirmed his involvement in the Freddie Mercury project for the time being, but rumours continue to swirl. If he is tapped for the role, producers will need approval of this casting choice from the surviving members of Queen. – AFP Relaxnews

Vincent D'Onofrio on board for Pele biopic


Law & Order star to be part of international cast for film on the Brazilian football legend.

THE American actor who portrayed Detective Robert Goren for a decade on Law & Order: Criminal Intent has landed a role in the forthcoming film on the famous Brazilian soccer player.

The biopic will focus on the legendary footballer's formative years, leading up to his first World Cup in Sweden in 1958, when the athlete was just 17.

Vincent D'Onofrio will portray Vincente Feola, the coach who led the Brazilian team to its first World Cup.

The cast of the feature is nearly as international as the iconic athlete's fan base. Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro (Jane Got A Gun) will take on an as-yet-unspecified role, while Mexican star Diego Boneta (Rock Forever) will play one of the main rivals faced by Pele in his early career. Colm Meaney, hailing from Ireland, will portray George Raynor, manager of the 1958 World Cup team, and Brazilian singer Seu Jorge will play the title character's father.

Pele, meanwhile, will be played by two young newcomers: Kevin de Paula – as Pele from ages 13 to 17 – and Leonardo Lima Carvalho as the 10-year-old future champion.

The film dedicated to the life story of Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known by his nickname, Pele, will be directed by brothers Jeff and Michael Zimbalist, who also authored the screenplay.

Shooting is slated to begin in Brazil, and the film is expected to premiere in the summer of 2014, when Brazil is scheduled to host the World Cup. – AFP Relaxnews


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