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Indonesian short film enters Venice film festival's Orizzonti competition

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Thu, July 26, 2018 | 04:34 pm
Indonesian short film enters Venice film festival's Orizzonti competition

Adit is scheduled to depart for Venice, Italy, in early September to attend the world premiere of 'Kado' (Gift) at the Venice International Film Festival. (Shutterstock/File)

A short film by Aditya "Adit" Ahmad titled Kado (Gift), which was produced by filmmakers Mira Lesmana and Riri Riza, has reportedly entered the Orizzonti Short Films Competition at the 75th Venice International Film Festival.

The Miles Films production company, which is headed by Mira and Riri, shared the good news on its Twitter account on Wednesday.

Adit drew acclaim and public attention in 2014 for his short film Sepatu Baru (New Shoes), a project he created for his thesis while studying at the Makassar Arts Institute.  It was screened at various film festivals abroad, including the Berlin International Film Festival.

Adit was also named Southeast Asia's best short film director at the Singapore International Film Festival in 2014, according to Antara news agency.

Read also: Indonesia submits five films to Asia-Pacific Film Festival

The 15-minute Kado tells the story of Isfi, who is seeking to celebrate Nita's birthday.

However, to prepare a special gift in Nita's room, she has to wear a long skirt and a hijab.

"The story idea and issues presented in Kado are very relevant, universal, as well as very local. Aditya Ahmad is successful in telling this story, making it a complex yet still touching work of art," Riri said as quoted by Antara.

Adit is scheduled to depart for Venice, Italy, in early September, to attend the world premiere of Kado at the festival. (kes)

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