The Jakarta Post
Helmed by the director of 2016's 'Salawaku,' Pritagita Arianegara, and penned by Leila herself, the film features some of the country's most renowned actors. (instagram.com/officialpilarez/File)
The latest book from Indonesian journalist and writer Leila S. Chudori, titled Laut Bercerita (The Sea Speaks His Name), is set to be adapted into a 30-minute short film under the same name.
Helmed by the director of 2016's Salawaku, Pritagita Arianegara, and penned by Leila herself, the film features some of the country's most renowned actors, such as Reza Rahadian, Ayushita Nugraha, Dian Sastrowardoyo and Tio Pakusadewo.
Several activists also make an appearance in the film, namely Tanta Ginting, Ade Firman Hakim and Haydar Saliszh.
Although the novel narrates the story from two perspectives -- an activist who was kidnapped in 1998 and his younger sister -- Pritagita decided to shoot the film from the perspective of the victim’s family.
“When I was offered the chance to make a film based on the novel, I requested to focus on the part that best represents the story in a short film,” Pritagita told tempo.co.
In the novel, one of the main characters, Biru Laut (Reza Rahadian), describes the last moment before he and some of his friends were kidnapped and later tortured and interrogated repeatedly in a dungeon. He also tells of how he longs for the warmth of his family and the time lost as he must separate from his family to avoid the military.
The film’s producer Wisnu Darmawan said the film was made to complement the book as readers would be able to enjoy Laut Bercerita in a visual form. (wir/kes)