The Jakarta Post
Journey: Film Musik Makan 2019 will screen 'Asian Three-Fold Mirror: Journey', an anthology by three Asian directors - Degena Yun of China, Daishi Matsunaga from Japan and Indonesia’s Edwin. (The Japan Foundation /-)
Staying true to its vision of promoting independent cinema, Film Musik Makan returns for its sixth year with a slate of critically acclaimed Indonesian movies and documentaries, as well as an Asian film anthology.
Film Musik Makan, an event that combines movie screenings with a music performance and culinary experience, will take place at GoetheHaus in Jakarta on March 9.
Film distributor Kolektif initiated the event to bridge the gap between independent filmmakers and moviegoers who are looking for alternative entertainment.
By making a Rp 200,000 ($14.14) donation, visitors will get merchandise and access to watch some of the best Indonesian films, including Kado (A Gift) by Aditya Ahmad, which grabbed awards at the Venice International Film Festival and the Singapore International Film Festival last year.
The 15-minute film tells the story of tomboy Isfi, who is preparing a gift for her friend Nita.
This year’s Film Musik Makan will see the premiere of Woo Woo by prominent director Ismail Basbeth. The film is a collaborative project between the band Sore, Bosan Berisik Lab and Matta Cinema.
Asian Three-Fold Mirror: Journey, an anthology by three Asian directors, is perhaps one of the most-anticipated offerings at the event.
Produced by the Japan Foundation Asia Center and the Tokyo International Film Festival, the project brought together Degena Yun of China, Daishi Matsunaga from Japan and Indonesia’s Edwin to give their cinematic interpretations of the shared theme: journey. Edwin’s piece, titled Variable No. 3, features performances by Oka Antara, Agni Pratisha and Nicholas Saputra.
The event will also screen Yosep Anggi Noen’s Ballad of Blood and Two White Buckets, which made its debut at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. The movie follows congealed blood sellers Ning and Mur, who face a downturn when shifting religious beliefs threaten their livelihoods.
One of the last shorts in the compilation is Kembalilah Dengan Tenang (Rest in Peace) by Reza Fahriyansyah. Fresh off its world premiere at the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival in France last month, the 25-minute film deals with the loss and grief of a married couple, Santoso and Wati, following the death of their son.
Thriller short Dan Kembali Bermimpi (A Trip To Malilo) by Jason Iskandar, an adaptation of a poem of the same name by Leon Agusta, will also make a return after premiering at last year’s Film Musik Makan.
Meanwhile, Leon’s son Paul Agusta will showcase his fourth feature, Kisah Dua Jendela (Daysleepers), starring Dinda Kanyadewi, Khiva Iskak, Joko Anwar and Djenar Maesa Ayu.
The last in the lineup is Rising From Silence, a documentary by Shalahudin Siregar on Paduan Suara Dialita – a choir made up of family members and survivors of the 1965 mass killings. Last year, the documentary grabbed awards at the Freedom Film Festival and the Indonesian Film Festival (FFI).
The women of Paduan Suara Dialita will take the stage of Film Musik Makan 2019, representing the event’s music element.
Those looking for something to munch on between movies can head on over to Lapak Makan Sineas, which will offer food and beverages from Nasi Pedes Cipete, Roast Beef iponxonik and Kata Kopi.
Film Musik Makan 2019 will also feature a discussion on short film and the future of Indonesian cinema with Kolektif founder Mieske Taurisia and filmmaker Ifa Isfansyah.