The Jakarta Post
Teaser poster of Joko Anwar's 'Perempuan Tanah Jahanam' (twitter.com/jokoanwar/File)
Director Joko Anwar has regretfully announced that his team has had to cancel Friday’s screenings of his latest horror feature Perempuan Tanah Jahanam (Woman of the Cursed Land) at the shuttered Bioskop Grand Senen cinema.
Joko wrote in his official Twitter account on Thursday evening that the three screenings proposed for Friday evening in the old cinema would not go ahead as a result of permit problems.
Dear teman-teman, dengan sangat sedih dan kecewa saya harus memberitahukan bahwa #NobarJAHANAM di bioskop Grand Senen yang seharusnya diadakan hari ini DIBATALKAN. Maaf teman-teman. Kami sudah berusaha sampai menit-menit terakhir. :( pic.twitter.com/kTEU7wlEJH— Joko Anwar (@jokoanwar) November 8, 2019
Previously, Joko had excitedly announced that his team would screen Perempuan Tanah Jahanam at the legendary but closed-up cinema in Central Jakarta on Friday for free.
The 4 pm and 7 pm screenings were sold out only five minutes after the announcement and to meet the high demand Joko's team arranged another screening at 9 pm for which moviegoers could collect tickets at the door.
Bioskop Grand Senen, which is located in front of Senen Market, stopped operating in 2016. It was built in the 1920s and it reached its peak as one of the most iconic film venues in Jakarta in the 1970s. However, in its final years, those who visited the theater did so with intentions other than watching movies.
“In its last days, Bioskop Grand in Senen was in a sorry state. It was not maintained, so that people came there not to watch but to get other entertainment,” Joko said in his Twitter account.
The screening of Perempuan Tanah Jahanam at the shuttered cinema was part of the aspiration by movie buffs to revitalize Indonesia's old theaters, as well as to provide greater access to theaters.
Many of Joko’s followers expressed their disappointment at the cancelation and suggested other abandoned movie theaters, such as Johar Baru Theater in Central Jakarta and the Astor in Bandung, West Java, as alternative venues. (mut)