Director Amanda Nell Eu has entered the ring of teen-girl body horror with Tiger Stripes, following in the footsteps of masters Ducournau, Cronenberg, and De Palma. Ensconced in a Malaysian school for girls, rebellious 12-year-old Zaffan’s body starts to change before everyone else’s. But these changes are far from normal. She is growing aggressive as her body seems to be attacking itself and ostracizing her from her friends. Given the total lack of education around her physical development, these changes begin to scare her as she becomes convinced that she is evolving into a horrific and dangerous monster.
Featuring “a tremendous young cast” (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian), the film uses the classic monster fable to present an original, modern coming-of-age story about the trials of girlhood and the universal fear of the unknown. Winner of the prestigious Cannes Critics’ Week Grand Prix for her directorial debut, Amanda Nell Eu is a genuinely exciting prospect.
Grand Prix, Critics’ Week, Cannes 2023
“Tiger Stripes follows a line from Carrie to Ginger Snaps, but it has its own story to tell… Interested arthouse crowds will find much that is surprisingly universal and true in this well-observed, fiercely female-centred coming-of-age drama.”
Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International
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Zafreen Zairizal, Deena Ezral, Piqa, Shaheizy Sam, Jun Lojong
In Malay with English subtitles
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Amanda Nell Eu
Amanda Nell Eu’s short film It’s Easier to Raise Cattle premiered in competition at the Venice International Film Festival and received a Special Mention at the International Short Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand. In her work, she explores the female body and identity within the cultural context of Southeast Asia. Tiger Stripes is her debut feature film and presented at the Critic’s Week 2023 in Cannes, the film obtained the Grand Prize.
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