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Indonesian Film Festival in Utrecht features films by Riri Riza

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Mon, November 21, 2016 | 05:54 pm
Indonesian Film Festival in Utrecht features films by Riri Riza

Hosted by the Indonesian Embassy in Den Haag in cooperation with the Rumah Budaya Indonesia cultural space, this annual festival showcased Riri's major films, including Ada Apa Dengan Cinta 2, Drupadi, Atambua 39° Celcius and Athirah. The festival also marked Riri’s 15th year working in the film industry. (Shutterstock/file)

The work of renowned director Riri Riza featured prominently at the 2016 Indonesian Film Festival held at the Wolff Hogg Chatarijn theater building in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on Nov. 17-20.

Hosted by the Indonesian Embassy in Den Haag in cooperation with the Rumah Budaya Indonesia cultural space, this annual festival showcased Riri's major films, including Ada Apa Dengan Cinta 2, Drupadi, Atambua 39° Celcius and Athirah. The festival also marked Riri’s 15th year working in the film industry.

As reported by Antara news agency, the 46-year-old director expressed his gratitude for the attention.

“I feel that this is a tremendous opportunity for the film industry and for me personally. This is because [I was] involved from the beginning of the [festival] process, from the format to the selection process of films.”

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In Utrecht for Indonesian Film Festival. Introducing the drawing of artist @benangbaja for #aadc2

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Children, teenagers and adults reportedly lined up in front of the theater to watch Riri’s nationally celebrated film, Ada Apa Dengan Cinta 2.

Visitors were also eager to take photos with Riri and the movie stars, Nicholas Saputra and Sissy Priscillia. A meet-and-greet and a Q&A session with the audience were held after the screening of the movie.

Last year’s festival featured films by another celebrated Indonesian director, Nia Dinata.

The films screened at this year’s festival acted as a window for the Dutch public, especially its younger generation, to get a sense of Indonesia’s diverse cultural heritage.

“Not only was the beauty of Yogyakarta featured in Ada Apa Dengan Cinta 2, but also the beauty of nature and culture in eastern Indonesia, like East Nusa Tenggara, in the film Atambua 39° Celcius," said Riri. (mra/kes)

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