The Jakarta Post
A still from 'Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts' (Cinesurya Pictures/File)
Indonesian film Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts was among the winners of the 11th Festival International du Film de Femmes de Salé (FIFFS) – or the International Women's Film Festival of Salé – held on Sept. 25-30 in Salé, Morocco.
Set to premier in local cinemas across the archipelago on Nov. 16, the film took home the Best Scenario award following an announcement during the closing ceremony. Hanung Nugraha, the first secretary for Socio-Culture and Information Affairs at the Indonesian Embassy in Rabat, reportedly received the award as the film's representative at the festival.
According to the embassy, FIFFS is an annual festival that is held under the patronage of Morocco’s King Mohammed VI in order to appreciate female filmmakers and to provide a wider platform for women in the film industry.
Antara news agency reported on Monday that Marlina was one of 12 films selected for this year’s festival from Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the United States.
Featuring Marsha Timothy in the title role, a widow, it tells the story of a group of seven robbers who enters Marlina's home and threatens to take her life, possessions and honor. But Marlina unexpectedly turns the tables on the robbers.
The film has participated in several international film festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival 2017, Cannes Film Festival 2017 and last year's Busan International Film Festival. (wir/kes)