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‘Memories of My Body’ dominates 2019 FFI Awards with 12 nods

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Wed, November 13, 2019  /  03:34 pm
‘Memories of My Body’ dominates 2019 FFI Awards with 12 nods

A still from 'Memories of My Body.' (Fourcolours Film/File)

The Indonesian Film Festival (FFI) has announced this year’s nominees for the prestigious Piala Citra motion picture awards, with Garin Nugroho’s arthouse film Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku (Memories of My Body) receiving a total of 12 nominations, including Best Feature-Length Film, making it a leading contender despite the controversy surrounding its theatrical run.

Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay and Garin for Best Director. Muhammad Khan, who plays the lead protagonist in the film, is competing in the Best Actor category.

Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku had a rocky journey to the Piala Citra awards, as it was banned in several regions, including Depok in West Java and Palembang in South Sumatra, because of its allegedly homoerotic nature. Despite the backlash, the film was chosen in September to represent Indonesia at the 2020 Academy Awards.

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Dua Garis Biru (Two Blue Lines), a young adult drama about teen pregnancy based on the novel of the same name by Lucia Priandarini, also received 12 nominations, including Best Feature-Length Film, Best Director for Gina S. Noer, Best Leading Actor for Angga Yunanda and Best Leading Actress for newcomer Adhisty Zara of idol group JKT48 fame.

Historical epic Bumi Manusia (This Earth of Mankind), an adaptation of Pramoedya Ananta Noer’s classic novel, is also vying for top prizes with a total of 12 nominations, including Best Feature-Length Film and Best Director for Hanung Bramantyo.

Joko Anwar’s superhero action film Gundala – based on the comics by Harya “Hasmi” Suraminata – secured nine nominations, including Best Adapted Screenplay for Joko and Best Leading Actor for Abimana Aryastya. Gundala’s recognition at Piala Citra injects critical pedigree into the Indonesian superhero genre, indicating a promising future for films based on local superhero comics.

Rounding out the Best Feature-Length Film lineup are 27 Steps of May and Keluarga Cemara. Both are small-scale dramas that gained awards momentum thanks to positive word of mouth.

See the full list of nominees on FFI’s official website. (rfa/kes)

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Editor's note:

Paragraph four to six in this article have been corrected.

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