The Jakarta Post
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An independent movie by young Indonesian director Mouly Surya has received funding from France's communication and cultural and foreign ministries.
Marlina Si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak (Marlina the killer in four chapters) is one of five films that received the Aide aux cinémas du monde funding, which is dedicated to international co-productions, as reported by tempo.co.
"After presenting this project in the Cinefondation's Atelier in Cannes in May, we finally collaborated with Isabelle Glachant [French co-producer from Yisha Production] and registered to the Aide aux Cinémas du Monde [World Cinema Support Fund] for July selection," said Mouly in Jakarta on Tuesday.
Marlina was reportedly chosen by all ten members of the fund committee, led by Charles Tesson, who is also the artistic director of Semaine de la Critique du Festival de Cannes.
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foto resmi pertama Marlina si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak pic.twitter.com/9hhy2MghcD— Marlina The Murderer (@cinesurya_) December 6, 2016
"This is the first time that all committee members agree when picking a film. All of them like the project," said Glachant, who previously distributed Siti by Edie Cahyono and Istirahatlah Kata-kata (Solo, Solitude) by Yosep Anggi Noen.
Marlina was produced by Cinesurya Pictures in cooperation with Kaniga Pictures and Yisha Production. The film, which follows the story of a widow who cuts off the leader of a group of robbers and delivers it to the police, has previously entered the selection of Asian Project Market in Busan Internasional Film Festival 2015.
Starring Marsha Timothy, Dea Panendra, Egi Fedly and Yoga Pratama, the movie was filmed in Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara. (fmn/kes)