Malaysian director U-Wei Haji Saari's spin on Almayer's Folly draws festival-goers
A renowned Malaysian director's postcolonial take on Joseph Conrad's 1895 novel, Almayer's Folly, has sold out ahead of its screening on March 22 at the third Southeast Asian Film Festival.
Film-maker U-Wei Haji Saari was not convinced, on reading the Polish-born English writer's debut novel 20 years ago, that it was about the title's Dutch trader Kaspar Almayer. He kept asking himself: Is there another side to the story that needs to be told?
In the book, Kaspar Almayer, obsessed with finding pirate treasure in the Malaysian jungle, is married to a Malay woman, with whom he has a mixed-race daughter. The father insists that his daughter must look and behave like an European woman.
But director U-Wei, 59, tells Life! that he was a lot more intrigued by the alternative perspective of the story - the Malay point of view.