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Pramoedya’s reputation piques cinemagoers’ interest in movie adaptations

Josa Lukman

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Thu, August 22, 2019  /  05:46 pm
Pramoedya’s reputation piques cinemagoers’ interest in movie adaptations

Adaptations: 'Bumi Manusia' (This Earth of Mankind) and 'Perburuan' (The Fugitive) are based on novels by legendary writer Pramoedya Ananta Toer. (Falcon Pictures/-)

Pramoedya Ananta Toer is perhaps Indonesia’s most venerated writer, with a slew of titles, awards and even Nobel Prize nominations under his name. While his books are well established in Indonesia’s collective consciousness, this August could very well be described as the month of Pramoedya, with the release of two movie adaptations of his two titles – Bumi Manusia (This Earth of Mankind) directed by Hanung Bramantyo and Perburuan (The Fugitive) by Richard Oh. Produced by Falcon Pictures, the two adaptations saw simultaneous premieres in Surabaya, East Java, earlier this month, before hitting theaters nationwide on Aug. 15. As of Aug. 22, Bumi Manusia had drawn in a respectable 411,216 viewers, while Perburuan attracted 15,861 viewers, according to filmindonesia.or.id. Falcon Pictures producer HB Naveen previously told The ...