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‘Athirah’ wins award at French film festival

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, February 16, 2017  /  03:00 pm
‘Athirah’ wins award at French film festival

Athirah (Cut Mini) in one of the scenes from 'Athirah.' (youtube.com/c/milesfilms/File)

Indonesian film Athirah, also known as Emma (Mother), has received recognition at the Festival International des Cinémas d’Asie (Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema) held in Vesoul, France from Feb. 7- Feb. 14.

Miles Films producer Mira Lesmana shared the news on her Twitter account on Tuesday, posting a photo of the film’s director, Riri Riza, holding the award certificate.

According to the festival's website, the film was praised for “the strength of the character, the sincerity and luminosity of the mother [character], the precision of the details, the music and the beauty of the image.”

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Released in 2016, Athirah was inspired by the life story of Vice President Jusuf Kalla’s mother. Shot in Makassar, South Sulawesi, the film follows an optimistic woman who struggles to keep her family together after her husband, a respected and renowned community figure, decides to marry another woman.

The film also won big at the Indonesia Film Festival (FFI) 2016 and had been screened at several international film festivals, such as the Vancouver International Film Festival 2016, the Busan International Film Festival 2016 and the Tokyo International Film Festival 2016. (kes)