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Gunawan Maryanto: On art, play and 'The Science of Fictions'

Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, August 23, 2019  /  04:59 pm
Gunawan Maryanto: On art, play and 'The Science of Fictions'

Looking out: Gunawan Maryanto as Siman looks out the window of his house in Yosep Anggi Noen's film, titled 'Hiruk-pikuk si Al Kisah' (The Science of Fictions). (Courtesy of Publisitaz/-)

Perhaps the biggest fear for an artist is losing the tools of their trade, like the fictional Siman who lost his tongue despite his eagerness to speak only the truth. Siman is the main character of the newest feature film by Yosep Anggi Noen titled Hiruk-pikuk si Al Kisah (The Science of Fictions) played by Gunawan Maryanto. “He gets his tongue cut out after witnessing the documentation of a fake moon landing on the sandy beach near his home,” Gunawan told The Jakarta Post about the grim fate of the character. “I’ve been thinking a lot about this. What if I, as an artist, could no longer express myself?” Gunawan had a hold on the character for a long time – since the director, Anggi, approached him with the story idea in 2012 and made it clear that Gunawan had to be in the film. They worked together on the script from then on and eve...