First mentioned online in April 2012, ‘Interchange’ is Dain Iskandar Said’s next feature film. Malaysian actors Iedil Putra and Shaheizy Sam along with Indonesian stars Prisia Nasution and Nicholas Saputra take on lead roles in the upcoming movie.
Utilising a script written by Nandita Solomon, June Tan, Redza Minhat and Dain himself, ‘Interchange’ tells the story of forensic photographer Adam (Iedil Putra) who has developed a hallucinatory condition and becomes a hermit in his own apartment. After a series of macabre ritual murders in the city, he accepts the prospects of one more investigation with his best friend and cop Detective Man (Shaheizy Sam).
Adam befriends an ancient shaman, Iva (Prisia Nasution), along the way. Iva is on her own journey of trying to free the souls of her tribesmen which have been trapped in glass plate negatives. She is accompanied by the totem animal spirit of her tribe, Belian (Nicholas Saputra), who assumes a human form to keep her focused on her task.
For Dain, ‘Interchange’ investigates the natural and supernatural that still pervades Southeast Asia as it collides head on with the region’s fixation on technology in the present day.
Dain Iskandar Said’s last feature, ‘Bunohan’, received considerably attention after it was chosen as Malaysia’s submission to the 85th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.
‘Interchange’ reunites Dain with producer Nandita Solomon, editor Herman K. Panca, visualizer Augustus Tan, and VFX supervisor Adam Kitingan. All four will reprise their behind-the-scenes roles from ‘Bunohan’.
The film’s budget was made possible due to financing from equity investors Sonneratia Capital and Seeing Eye Films, as well as a Multimedia Development Corporation (MDEC) grant. Sonneratia Capital provides partial film slate financing for Malaysian producers with films that have international appeal, while Seeing Eye Films invests in new trends in alternative Malaysian cinema.
Principal photography began this month and will end in April, while post production is slated for completion sometime in September this year.