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FFI 2019 catches up with content diversity

Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, December 9, 2019  /  07:57 pm
FFI 2019 catches up with content diversity

Film producer Kucumbu tubuh Indahku Ifa Isfansyah (left) with the team when receiving the trophy in the category of the Best Best Long Story Film during the awarding of the Citra Cup 2019 Indonesian Film Festival , Jakarta, on Sunday. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

The runaway win of Kucumbu Tumbuh Indahku (Memories of My Body) at the 39th Indonesian Film Festival awards night last Sunday proves that changes have come to the longest-running body of national film selection. The film, which was directed and written by Garin Nugroho, won eight of the prestigious Citra Awards, including Garin’s first win as a director at the festival, out of 12 nominations. The film's nomination in the Best Picture category, along with 27 Steps of May, Dua Garis Biru (Two Blue Stripes) and Bumi Manusia (This Earth of Mankind), in itself was an unexpected move if not because the current festival committee and judges had stopped “playing it safe”. The current committee, which was tasked with holding the festival from 2018 to 2020, had changed the format of selecting and judging to ensure the quality of the film selected at the festival. ...