'Ayat-Ayat Cinta' celebrates

JAKARTA: Production house MD Entertainment has reportedly given out cash bonuses to those involved in the making of the successful film Ayat-Ayat Cinta (Verses of Love), which was directed by Hanung Bramantyo.

The film officially recorded 3,650,000 ticket sales, producer Manoj Punjabi said during a thanksgiving event Monday night.

He said the production house was still considering plans to produce the sequel to the movie.

Ayat-Ayat Cinta, featuring Freddy Nuril, Rianty Cartwright, Carissa Putri and Melani Putria, recorded the highest ticket sales for a local film since 2000.

In the past seven years, only three local flicks have reached ticket sales of more than two million. The films were Ada Apa Dengan Cinta? (What's Up with Cinta?) with 2.5 million recorded ticket sales, Get Married with 2.2 million and Naga Bonar Jadi 2 (Naga Bonar Becomes 2) with 2.4 million. -- JP

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Cable TV runs music documentary

JAKARTA: A documentary film series on music and the country's music figures from the 1970s until now will be aired by cable TV Astro Awani channel to celebrate National Awakening Day.

The 10-episode series was made by three young female directors under the supervision of noted director Garin Nugroho.

Garin said the special program was prepared to mark the 100th anniversary of National Awakening Day, which falls on May 20.

One film will be screened per night (Monday-Friday at 7 p.m.), starting May 12 to May 16 and then continuing from May 19 to May 23.

Each episode will have its own theme; some themes include song as a means to unite the nation, song as a means to foster community development and song as a political propaganda tool.

Hits such as "Bang Bang Tut" by Slank, and "Bongkar" (Demolition) and "Bento" by Iwan Fals, were selected for the film's soundtrack. -- JP

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