Dain Iskander Said
Malaysia, Indonesia | 2016 | 103 min | English, Malay



The power of photography and the legacy of colonialism intersect eerily in this stylish Malaysian supernatural thriller. Emotionally distraught after witnessing the aftermath of a bizarre murder, forensic photographer Adam retreats from the world until he is reawakened by the arrival on his doorstep of a detective named Man. Another, similar murder has been perpetrated and Adam is needed to help unravel the mystery. Soon he is drawn into a world of blood-drained corpses and antique photographs that appear to capture his beautiful new neighbour Iva—decades before she could possibly have been born. As the film progresses, century-old superstitions are reignited and Adam and Man discover Malyasia’s mystical underbelly of shamans and the uncanny. Interchange is based on the true story of Norwegian explorer Carl Lumholtz, who travelled through central Borneo between 1913 and 1917 and photographed a group tribal women bathing in a river, in an attempt to cleanse themselves of the evil effects of being captured on film.


  • Dain Iskander Said

    Dain Iskander Said

    Malaysian writer and director Dain Iskandar Said holds a BA in photography, film and video from the Polytechnic of Central London, UK. After establishing himself in TV commercials, he moved into long-form and experimental work. His first media installation was shown at the 2006 Biennale of Sydney, Australia. Dain’s previous films include the controversial horror feature Duken (2006), which has never been publicly screened, the documentary short Fish Listeners of Setiu Lagoons (2010) and the feature Bunohan: Return to Murder (2011). Describing Interchange’s central discourse, he says, “The relationship of Adam and Iva is that of murderer and victim, of the camera and its object—an ever-circling, self- perpetuating sickness of the self as image and image as self. Healing necessarily involves a bloodletting—dying and transforming, from the negative to the positive, from the dark to the light.”


Director: Dain Iskandar Said
Producer: Nanadita Solomon
Executive Producers: Michael Lake & Bobby YP Wong
Co-Producers: Fauzan Zidni & Rama Adi Adeleena Lim
Associate Producer: Nikki Tok Suh Ying
Line Producer: Tuan Faisal Azmy Tuan Kob
Writers: June Tan, Redza Minhat, Nandita Solomon & Dain Iskandar Said
Director of Photography: Jordan Chiam
Editors: Samir Arabzadeh Herman Kumala Panca
Music & Sound Design: Luka Kuncevic
Post Production Supervisor: Lee Chatametikool
Art Director: Zaharah Nakibullah
Costume Designer: Akma Suraiti Awang
Casting: Farid Ramlee
SFX Makeup: Ella Sandera
Hair & Makeup: Juraimy Jamil


Locarno International Film Festival (Piazza Grande) 2016, Switzerland
Toronto International Film Festival 2016, Canada
BFI London International Film Festival 2016
Sitges Fantastic Film Festival 2016, Catalonia
Vladivostok International Film Festival 2016, Russia
L'Etrange Film Festival 2016, France
Monster Fest 2016, Australia
Five Flavours Asian Film Festival 2016, Poland
Singapore International Film Festival 2016
10. Jogja Netpac Asian Film Festival 2016, Indonesia
Goa International Film Festival 2016, India
Gerardmer International Film Festival 2016, France
Brussels International Film Festival 2016, Belgium
Malaysian International Film Festival 2017
Osaka Asian International Film Festival 2017, Japan
Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival 2017
Taipei International Film Festival 2017
Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival 2017