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Wednesday morning, March 9, at approximately 06:19 Western Indonesian Time, the sun started to disappear. In awe, huge crowds of people stared up at the sky, some cheering, others falling into silent prayer when the total solar eclipse swept through Indonesia.
Kisah Cinta yang Asu (A Dogged Love Story), Sendiri Diana Sendiri (Alone, Diana Alone) and The Fox Exploits The Tiger's Might prove one thing: Short films can stand alone and deserve a wide showing in major cinemas. The short film category, often thought of as the minor leagues of filmmaking, is in fact a formidable art form in and of itself.
Similar to the short story in literature, short films should not be considered a training ground for filmmakers. This is amply shown by three directors whose names are currently on a rollYosep Anggi Noen, Kamila Andini and Lucky Kuswandiall of whom prove that the short film form merely provides a different avenue of expression compared to the big screen features each of the three has previously produced.
The successful penalty kick is a victory not only for the Maluku Soccer Team in the film Cahaya dari Timur:Beta Maluku but also for the film's team. This year,Cahaya dari Timur not only won an award in the Indonesian Film Festival. It is also Tempo's favorite movie.
At a glance, the film resembles Indonesian soccer films produced a few years ago, such as Garuda di Dadaku ("Garuda in My Heart") and Tendangan dari Langit("A Kick from the Sky"). But there is far more to it than that. Cahaya dari Timur follows a small team from a remote region that comes to the capital city for a game against a far more experienced team. It is an underdog story with touches of patriotism and nationalism.
Director: Sidi Saleh
Script: Sidi Saleh
Actors: Meyke Vierna, Adrianto Sinaga, Damiana Widowati
Producer: Bioskop Merdeka Film
Yaaam Yam, Christmas. Christmas, Yaaam," the man of the house (Adrianto Sinaga), who suffers from a mental disability, calls for his caretaker. He often wears a chicken mask. In the scene, his hands struggle to place a Holy Mary figurine atop a Christmas tree.
The film Maryam tells the story of Maryam (Meyke Vierna), who must care for her employer on Christmas Eve. The pregnant Muslim woman works for a Catholic family. On the night of December 24, her employer asks to go to church. The only other person who lives therethe man's older sister (Damiana Widowati)is, unfortunately, about to go on vacation.
A semi-autobiographical film by Cambodian director Rithy Panh won the Un Certain Regard award. It is an effort to keep memories alive.
The annual Asian Film Festival (FICAFestival International du Cinema Asiatique) took place at Vesoul, France, on February 5-12. Despite heavy snowstorms, a record 27,000 visitors enjoyed the choice of Asian films. Guest of honor was Indonesia, and featured 21 films selected by BastianMeiresonne, including the fiction film Atambua 39 Celsius about life in West Timor and Timor-Leste by Riri Riza, in the run for awards. Martine and Jean-Marc Therouanne, two high-school teachers now retired, single-handedly founded the festival 19 years ago fueled by their enthusiasm for films and for Asia, and for introducing a younger public to the films selected. Vesoul is situated in eastern France, near the border with Switzerland.
Riza's Atambua 39 Celsius garnered the INALCO award, following last year's success of the Indonesian film Khalifah. Riza personally presented his film at Vesoul. This year's choice of 90 films from Asia stretched, as usual, from Turkey and Lebanon to the so-called Far East, including Indonesia, with the focus on less 'block-buster' films, and more on 'film d'auteur'.
Afflictions: Culture and Mental Illness in Indonesia (Documentary Series)
Director: Rob Lemelson
Producers: Rob Lemelson and Alessandra Pasquino
Director of Photography: Wing Ko and Dag Yngvesson
Afflictions is an Elemental Productions film.
Rob Lemelson is an adjunct professor at the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a researcher at the universitys Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Lemelson directed 40 Years of Silence (2009), a documentary on the 1965 mass-killings in Central Java and Bali. His documentary series, Afflictions: Culture and Mental Illness in Indonesia, received a CINE Golden Eagle Award in 2011.
Komodo National Park is under threat from massive illegal fishing. Boats from neighboring islands fish unchecked in the Zona Perlindungan Bahari," the legally protected No-Take-Zone" of the Park. These areas are intended to serve as refuges where fish can grow undisturbed to maturity and breed.