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Garin Nugroho's silent film 'Setan Jawa' to premier in September

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, August 23, 2016  /  11:22 am
Garin Nugroho's silent film 'Setan Jawa' to premier in September

One of the scenes in "Setan Jawa", a collaboration between Garin Nugroho with Rahayu Supanggah. (Setan Jawa Movie/-)

Award-winning director Garin Nugroho is set to collaborate with renowned composer Rahayu Supanggah in a silent film as part of the former's 35th anniversary celebration in the film industry.

Dubbed Setan Jawa (Javanese Devil) and said to be accompanied with a live gamelan orchestra, the film is slated to premier on Sept. 3 to 4 at Gedung Teater Jakarta in Taman Ismail Marzuki, Central Jakarta, with ticket prices starting from Rp 250,000 (US$18).

Setan Jawa combines Javanese mythology with contemporary dance that is inspired by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau classic work Nosferatu ( 1922 ). Set in the early of 20th century, the black-and-white film follows Setio, a poor young man from a village, who falls in love with Asih, a princess from a Javanese aristocratic family. After his proposal to Asih was rejected, Setio seeks luck by making a deal with the devil known as pesugihan kandang bubrah in order to become rich and eligible for Asih.

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Another scene from the silent movie "Setan Jawa". (Setan Jawa Movie/-)

Setan Jawa is narrated within the historical era of the early 20th century as a time concept that should be interesting to explore,” said producer and director Garin Nugroho in a press release on Monday. “This film unifies contemporary perspectives with traditional dance, music and fashion with room for free interpretation.”

With cast members include Asmara Abigail, Heru Purwanto and Luluk Ari, the film is also scheduled for a world premier during the opening night of the Asia Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts in Melbourne, Australia, in February 2017.

Prior to Setan Jawa, Garin had previously collaborated with Rahayu in Opera Jawa (Requiem from Java) back in 2006. (kes)