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MALAYSIAN MOVIE PREMIERING IN NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL

 

TITLE: BRUTAL (JAGAT)

DIRECTED BY: SHANJHEY KUMAR PERUMAL

Showtimes: June 26, 2016 (Sunday)

Time: 7:30 PM

Duration: 86 Minutes

Venue: Walter Reade Theater,

 

Lincoln Center, 165 W.65th St, New York, NY 10023

 

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First-time director Shanjhey Kumar Perumal channels the spirit of Satyajit Ray in this coming-of-age story about a boy growing up in a community of Tamil immigrants in Malaysia during the 1990s. The film introduces us to Appoy (magnificently played by Harvind Raj), a spirited kid who would rather watch gangster flicks and make prank calls than memorize his multiplication tables. Desperately trying to keep his son on the straight path, Appoy’s hard-working father becomes increasingly abusive, as the boy is inexorably drawn to the criminal lifestyle of his uncle, a henchman for a local Malaysian gang. Like the best debut features (think Pickpocket or As Tears Go By), Jagat has the tang and intensity of personal experience, is saturated with style and charm, and is a little rough around the edges. But those rough edges only heighten the panache and impact of the film, which signals the arrival of a major cinematic talent. The Director, Shanjhey Kumar Perumal will be attending the movie screening.

 

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