The Jakarta Post
Director Riri Riza (second left) and producer Mira Lesmana (center) pose alongside members of pop jazz trio RAN, Rayi (left), Nino (second right) and Asta, during the press conference of 'Kulari Ke Pantai' (I Run to the Beach) on Wednesday, March 7, in Kemang, South Jakarta. (Miles Films/File)
Following their success with Petualangan Sherina (Sherina’s Adventure, 2000) and Laskar Pelangi (Rainbow Warrior, 2008), producer Mira Lesmana and director Riri Riza will return with a new children’s film, Kulari Ke Pantai (I Run to the Beach).
Slated to be released this June, the film narrates the story of Sam (Maisha Kanna) and Happy (Li’li Latisha), cousins with vastly different personalities. They go on vacation with Uci (Marsha Timothy), Sam’s mother, and embark on a road trip from Jakarta to Banyuwangi regency, East Java, and Rote Island in East Nusa Tenggara.
Shooting will begin on Saturday.
“Why a road trip? Because it’s fun,” said Riri. “When two different characters are trapped on a journey, they have to communicate with each other whether they want to or not. By communicating, they learn to compromise and tolerate each other.”
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To prepare for her role, Marsha learned how to drive a car.
“I can actually drive – but only inside my housing complex!” Marsha conceded during a press conference in Kemang, South Jakarta, on Wednesday.
The actress proudly declared that she was now able to drive on highways.
The film’s screenplay was penned by Gina S. Noer, Mira and Riri, who invited Arie Kriting to join their writing team to inject the script with more comedy.
Kulari Ke Pantai will also star Lukman Sardi, M. Achdiyat, Karina Suwandi, Ibnu Jamil, Dodit Mulyanto, Mo Sidik and Ligwina Hananto.
Its theme song Selamat Pagi (Good Morning) is performed by pop jazz trio RAN. (wir/mut)