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Local films dominate cinemas during Idul Fitri holidays

Asmara Wreksono
Asmara Wreksono

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Wed, July 13, 2016 | 03:09 pm
Local films dominate cinemas during Idul Fitri holidays

Although Rudy Habibie, a biopic of former Indonesian president BJ Habibie, zoomed past the one million mark with 1,125,000 viewers, no new records in audience numbers have been set. (Rudy Habibie Official Facebook Page/-)

Indonesian filmmakers strategically chose the 2016 Idul Fitri holiday period to release movies in an attempt to hit new box office records.

Indonesian flicks released around Idul Fitri, according to filmindonesia.org, include Rudy Habibie, Koala Kumal, ILY from 38,000 Ft, Sabtu Bersama Bapak and Jilbab Traveler: Love Sparks in Korea.

Although Rudy Habibie, a biopic of former Indonesian president BJ Habibie, zoomed past the one million mark with 1,125,000 viewers, no new records in audience numbers have been set. In fact, the new Habibie film falls far short of the 2012 box-office hit Habibie & Ainun, which attracted 4.4 million moviegoers.

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Koala Kumal starring Indonesian comedian and writer Raditya Dika, tells the comedic story of Dika’s misfortunes in love. The movie garnered 740,252 viewers. Starring along Raditya Dika is Acha Septriasa, who plays Dika’s girlfriend who leaves him for another man.

At number three, ILY from 38,000 Ft, despite its cryptic title and simple premise of a holiday love story in Bali, managed to sell 566,410 tickets.

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Meanwhile, Sabtu Bersama Bapak (Saturdays with Dad), an adaptation from Adhitya Mulya’s novel, attracted 300,567 viewers. The movie tells the story of a father who learns he only has a year to live and eventually makes a series of videos to teach his young sons the values of life.

Lastly, Jilbab Traveler: Love Sparks in Korea, a movie about a veiled girl entangled in a love triangle with a Korean and an Indonesian man, garnered 133,550 viewers. Actress Bunga Citra Lestari stars along Morgan Oey and Giring Nidji in this romantic drama.

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