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Indonesia to take center stage at SGIFF

Liza Yosephine
Liza Yosephine

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, November 17, 2017  /  03:31 pm
Indonesia to take center stage at SGIFF

As many as 15 Indonesian feature and short films have been selected for the annual festival's new "Focus" series titled "Histories of Tomorrow: Indonesian Cinema After the New Order." (marlinathemurderer.com/File)

Indonesia will be the country in focus at this year's Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), which is slated to take place from Nov. 23 to Dec. 3. 

Fifteen Indonesian feature and short films have been selected for the annual festival's new "Focus" series titled Histories of Tomorrow: Indonesian Cinema After the New Order.

Meanwhile, three Indonesian movies are set to compete at the Silver Screen Awards, including Kamila Andini's The Seen and Unseen, Mouly Surya's Marlina Si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak (Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts) and Edwin's Posesif (Possessive). 

Read also: ‘Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts’ to be screened in 18 countries

The 28th SGIFF will also present legendary Indonesian filmmaker Garin Nugroho with the Honorary Award. 

"One of the most important Southeast Asian filmmakers of our time, Nugroho captures his love for Indonesia, his people and the Javanese culture through the camera, while keeping an undeniable poetic, reflective film style that resonates strongly with audiences," as stated in a press release by the SGIFF.

The 11-day festival in Singapore will feature 112 films across various genres from 42 countries, which is set to open with the Chinese drama Angels Wear White by Vivian Qu. 

Read also: 'The Seen and Unseen' premiered to enthusiastic crowd at Toronto film festival

Other films also include Oh Lucy! by Japanese first-time feature filmmaker Atsuko Hirayanagi, as one of three SGIFF's Special Presentation films, and Malaysian filmmaker Tan Seng Kiat's Shuttle Life that is set to compete at the festival.

Pimpaka Towira, the SGIFF program director, said the festival's lineup this year has been curated to reflect the bold experimentation from film auteurs in showcasing diversity in storyline, as well as providing insight into the talent across Asia.

"The demand for quality content has never been greater than it is today," Towira said, as quoted in the statement. (kes)

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