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Mira-Riri filmmaking duo bring 1990s back with ‘Bebas’

Josa Lukman
Josa Lukman

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Thu, September 26, 2019  /  01:48 pm
Mira-Riri filmmaking duo bring 1990s back with ‘Bebas’

Director Riri Riza (left) and actress Marsha Timothy (right) film 'Bebas' on the MRT Jakarta on April 16. (Miles Films/File)

Producer Mira Lesmana’s latest film Bebas (Free) is set to bring audiences back to the 1990s with a focus on high school friendships. Directed by Riri Riza, Bebas is slated to hit theaters on Oct. 3. The movie is an adaptation of the 2011 South Korean film Sunny.  The plot sees stay-at-home-mom Vina (Marsha Timothy) trying to get her high school gang –– the eponymous Bebas –– together for one last reunion before member Kris (Susan Bachtiar) succumbs to a terminal illness. According to Mira, she wanted to set the film in the 1990s as it was a meaningful decade for both her and Riri, noting that their debut as directors came in the era with the 1998 film Kuldesak (Cul-de-sac). Riri said that the idea to adapt Sunny came from Korean distribution company CJ Entertainment, which had screened Ada Apa Dengan ...