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Indonesia's 'Marlina the Murderer' selected for Toronto International Film Festival

Liza Yosephine
Liza Yosephine

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Wed, August 16, 2017 | 04:08 pm
Indonesia's 'Marlina the Murderer' selected for Toronto International Film Festival

A still from Marlina: The Murderer in Four Acts. (Cinesurya Pictures/File)

Indonesian film Marlina Si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak (Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts) has been selected to be featured in the Toronto International Film Festival's Contemporary World Cinema, where the festival is scheduled to run on Sept. 7-17 in the Canadian city. 

The upcoming screening would be the film's first showing in the North American region, after having previously screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May, as well as the New Zealand International Film Festival and the Melbourne International Film Festival this month. 

"Every movie that is included in the Contemporary World Cinema program offers new stories from other parts of the world through the perspective of the director that comes from the culture," Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF said in his official statement, as quoted by a press release from Cinesurya. 

"Overall, these 40 films invite us to expand and deepen our view of the world."

Marlina, which is directed by Mouly Surya, would be one of two films from Indonesia to be screened at the prestigious festival, with the other being The Seen and Unseen directed by Kamila Andini. 

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"After the series of international film festivals, Marlina will premiere in Indonesia later this year. We can not wait to present this film to the people of Indonesia," the film's producer Rama Adi said. 

Marlina tells the story of a widow looking for justice after her house was raided by a gang of robbers. Mouly and Rama wrote the script based on a story by Garin Nugroho.

The film is co-produced by Indonesia's Cinesurya Pictures and Kaninga Pictures, France’s Sasha & Co Production, Malaysia’s Astro Shaw, Singapore’s HOOQ Originals and Thailand’s Purin Pictures. 

The 90-minute feature was among five films that received funding from France’s ministries of culture and foreign affairs. (asw)

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