ACF Asian Cinema Fund

Post-Production Fund

2018 Post-Production Fund

LIST Fly by Night
Category Asian Project
Project Fly by Night
Director Zahir OMAR
Country Malaysia
Director's Profile Zahir Omar likes to watch… Some people call it voyeurism, we call it the sharpening of an already keen observational sense. He quietly watches people, studying human behavior to fuel his understanding of what makes us, US. Zahir′s passion is in quirky, emotional storytelling and is always on the lookout for the idiosyncrasies that color our lives. The abnormal that makes us normal. He has an obsession with the true colors and the raw fundamentals that make humans tick. Awards: K-hole - 2007 winner of BMW Shorties, Official Screening at International Film Festival Rotterdam, and Official Screening at NY Short Films Festival; Teddy & I - Official screening at International Film Festival Rotterdam; and Holding Hands (McDonalds) - Spike Asia 2018 Bronze Spike.
Fly by Night is a Malaysian crime drama film set in modern day Kuala Lumpur about four criminals who have perfected their small but profitable con game, who made the simple, human error of wanting more. It is a story about four friends who learn that survival means knowing what and who to sacrifice. And that sometimes, no matter how careful you are, there are no clean getaways. Taking place in 2015-2017, four Malaysian taxi drivers operate an extortion ring, identifying rich passengers and blackmailing them. The drivers know where they live, where they work. No place to run. Nothing to do but pay. The con is simple, almost perfect. Until… one ring member pulls a solo takedown, an event that ends up pulling an underworld casino owner, tycoon and a manipulative police inspector into its orbit. This… is that story.
Director's Note
Malaysia has always been a city that has so much color, yet, sometimes we are so afraid to look in the mirror and see who we really are. This film will hold up a mirror to our society and reveal what is in the reflection: humans in their truest form. It will show that there is no black or white, no good or evil, only the people showing their truest form when driven into a corner. My inspirations come from watching and observing people and how they react in different situations. After travelling and working around the world, one starts to notice that underneath it all we are all the same. We all have preconceived notions of what society thinks is good and bad. We would like to think to ourselves that we would never cross that line. Most of us only treacly know when we get there. We are also capable of going to great lengths to hold on and protect the things we hold dear. This is what inspires me the most, the beauty of realism. Telling humanity that it’s ok to be human.
2018 Busan International Film Festival - A Window on Asian Cinema
2018 Jogja NETPAC Asian Film Festival
2018 International Film Festival & Awards Macao
2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival - US Premiere
2019 New York Asian Film Festival Winter Showcase
2019 Udine Far East Film Festival
2019 Atlanta Film Festival
2019 Chungbuk International Martial Arts and Action Film Festival
2019 Asian Film Festival of Dallas
2019 Neuchtel International Fantastic Film Festival (Switzerland) (NIFFF)
2019 New Zealand International Film Festival
2019 Calgary International Film Festival
2019 QCinema International Film Festival
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