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Indonesian films in competition at Locarno International Film Festival

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, July 30, 2019  /  01:05 pm
Indonesian films in competition at Locarno International Film Festival

A still from 'The Science of Fictions'. (Courtesy of/Limaenam Films)

The Science of Fictions by Indonesian director Yosep Anggi Noen has been selected to compete in the Concorso Internazionale or International Competition category of the Locarno International Film Festival.

In the category, 16 films from countries such as South Korea, Japan, France, Syria and Portugal will compete.

The winner of the Concorso Internazionale will receive the Golden Leopard trophy, whose previous recipients include Jafar Panahi and Jim Jarmusch.

The Science of Fictions tells the story of Siman who witnesses the shooting of a moon landing film in Yogyakarta in the 1960s. His tongue is cut off when he gets caught and afterward, he goes through life in slow motion as if he is an astronaut in space.  

The film is a production of Angka Fortuna Sinema, KawanKawan Media and Limaenam Films, with co-producers Andofil (France), Astro Shaw (Malaysia), GoStudio (Indonesia) and Focused Equipment (Indonesia). It stars Gunawan Maryanto, Yudi Ahmad Tajudin, Lukman Sardi, Ecky Lamoh, Alex Suhendra, Marissa Anita, Rusini and Asmara Abigail.

The film will have its world premiere at the Locarno International Film Festival.

Read also: Yosep Anggi Noen's short film to premiere, compete in Toronto festival

Anggi’s debut feature film, Peculiar Vacation and Other Illnesses, was selected as one of 15 films in competition in the Cineasti del Presente (contemporary filmmakers) category at the 2012 Locarno Film Festival.

Solo, Solitude, Anggi’s second feature film, which tells the story of Indonesian poet Wiji Thukul’s life in hiding for political reasons, was named the best film at the Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival 2017, while he received the best director award at the 2017 Usmar Ismail Awards. Anggi was also nominated in the 2016 Indonesia Film Festival in the best director and best original screenplay categories for the film.

In the Moving Ahead category, short film Kasiterit from Indonesian director Riar Rizaldi has also been selected to have its world premiere at the festival.

The film is based on his installation piece displayed in Hong Kong last June, which “explores the complex entanglement of tin with contemporary technology and the labor dynamics on [Bangka] Island.” 

According to the festival’s official website, the category aims to explore film’s frontier territories, engaging with new forms of narration and innovation in filmic language.

The 72nd annual Locarno International Film Festival is scheduled to take place from Aug. 7 to 17 in Locarno, Switzerland. (wng)

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