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'Bebas' first Indonesian film shot in MRT train

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, April 23, 2019  /  01:02 pm
'Bebas' first Indonesian film shot in MRT train

Director Riri Riza (left) and actress Marsha Timothy prepare to shoot a scene for 'Bebas' in the car of an MRT Jakarta train on April 16. (Miles Films/File)

Indonesian production house Miles Films has become the first team to shoot at the MRT Jakarta. 

Upcoming movie Bebas had scenes shot at the Lebak Bulus station on Tuesday, featuring actress Marsha Timothy.

“The MRT had been long awaited by the citizens of Jakarta. Through this film, we want to show our pride for the operating MRT to entire Indonesian film audience,” said director Riri Riza in a press release.

Producer Mira Lesmana also expressed appreciation for the MRT, which had approved their request to shoot at the station.

“There is an important scene in the film that shows the lead character in the past section of the film entering the train, while in the future she does the same thing. The MRT is the best representation to show Jakarta’s current development, in line with the film's story,” Mira said.

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William Sabandar, CEO of PT MRT Jakarta, said, “We are happy that Mira Lesmana and Riri Riza chose the MRT Jakarta to be part of their new film. The MRT Jakarta exists to be a part of the people’s daily lives and we hope that the scene at the MRT Jakarta can be a real manifestation of #UbahJakarta."

Set in 1995, Bebas, an adaption of Korean film Sunny, which was a box office hit in Korea in 2011, tells the story of six teenage friends in Jakarta who are then separated for 23 years. The film depicts the city in the years 1995, 1996 and 2019.

Actors Baim Wong, Sarah Sechan, Tika Panggabean, Jefri Nichol, Amanda Rawles, Brandon Salim, Giorgino Abraham, Syifa Hadju and Kevin Ardilova also star in the movie. (gis/wng)