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‘Surat dari Praha’ to represent Indonesia at Oscars

Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, September 23, 2016  /  03:14 pm
‘Surat dari Praha’ to represent Indonesia at Oscars

Actor Tio Pakusadewo in a scene from Surat dari Praha (Letters from Prague). (Courtesy of Visinema Pictures/File)

Surat dari Praha (Letters from Prague), a film on Indonesian political exiles, will represent the country at the 89th Academy Awards for the foreign language film category.

The film, directed by Angga Dwimas Sasongko, was chosen out of four candidates by a team of film professionals on Wednesday.

In a release made available by the Indonesian Film Company Association (PPFI), which facilitated the selection, the process was held in accordance to regulations set by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Read also: Letters from Prague: A political exile story intertwined with romance, Glenn Fredly songs

As part of the rules, the selection team members are not allowed to nominate films from their own works.

The team members were actor Reza Rahadian, director/scriptwriter Benni Setiawan, film producers Arnold J. Limansnax, Firman Bintang, Manoj Punjabi, Sheila Timothy and Zairin Zain, scriptwriter Musfar Yasin, directors of photography Roy Lolang and Yudi Datau as well as music director Thoersi Ageswara.

Indonesia had taken part in the selection since 1987 for the category of non-English language feature films produced outside of the U.S. However, none had ever been nominated for the foreign language category.

The Oscar ceremony will be held on Feb. 26, 2017. (evi)


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