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Ming Jing Woo’s Locarno Player ‘Stone Turtle’ Swooped on by Parallax Films (EXCLUSIVE)

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Emiliano De Pablos Chinese sales agent Parallax Films has acquired international sales rights to Malaysian director Ming Jing Woo’s feature “Stone Turtle,” which world premieres in the Locarno Film Festival’s international competition.A time-traveling movie, “Stone Turtle” is produced by Edmund Yeo and Ming Jin Woo at Malaysia’s Greenlight Pictures and co-produced by Cheng Thim Kian and Yulia Evina Bhara at KawanKawan Media in Indonesia.The story follows Zahara, a stateless refugee who lives on a small remote island in Malaysia, where she makes a living selling turtle eggs.One day, Samad, claiming to be a university researcher, visits the island, wanting to employ Zahara to show him around.

As the day goes on, Zahara and Samad become entangled in a dangerous dance of duplicity and deception. “’Stone Turtle’ is a metaphorical journey of a woman seeking justice, both personal and social, amidst systemic oppression.

It’s also a preservation of my country’s long-forgotten folklores,” director-producer Ming Jin Woo said.A leading voice of the Malaysian New Wave, Ming Jin Woo’s previous films have garnered strong international interest.

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