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Wiji Thukul biopic gets special award at Bulgarian film fest

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Jakarta  /  Tue, September 5, 2017  /  02:39 pm
Wiji Thukul biopic gets special award at Bulgarian film fest

Gunawan Maryanto, who portrays Indonesian poet Wiji Thukul, is seen in a scene from 'Istirahatlah Kata-Kata', a biopic directed by Yosep Anggi Noen. (Courtesy of Okky Madasari/File)

Director Yosep Anggi Noen's Istirahatlah Kata-Kata (Solo, Solitude), a biopic about "disappeared" Indonesian poet Wiji Thukul, whose whereabouts remain unknown until today, has received a special award at the 25th International Film Festival "Love is Folly" held from Aug. 25 through Sept. 3 in Varna, Bulgaria.

According to Antara news agency, First Secretary of Art and Cultural Relations Nurul Sofia at the Indonesian Embassy in Sofia said on Tuesday that the festival was one of the biggest of its kind in the Balkans. She added that the recognition was the second highest award after the Grand Prix Award at the festival, which screened a total of 102 films. 

Read also: Wiji Thukul biopic reveals human side of missing poet

Several Indonesian films were also screened in the festival's special "Indonesian Panorama" segment: Nokas, Athirah, Salawaku, Emma, Aisyah Biarkan Kami Bersaudara (Aisyah, Let's Be Siblings), dan Kejarlah Daku Kau Kutangkap (Chase Me and I'll Catch You).

Among the festival winners were Hungary's The Citizen, directed by Roland Vranik, that won the Grand Prix Aphrodite, Rimma Zyubina, who was named best actress for Ukraine's The Nest of the Turtledove, and Konu, who took best actor for Turkey's Wedding Dance. (kes)

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