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‘Habibie & Ainun 3’ the final chapter of a lasting love story

Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Fri, December 13, 2019  /  11:43 am
‘Habibie & Ainun 3’ the final chapter of a lasting love story

Press talk: Indonesian actress Marcella Zalianty smiles during a visit to The Jakarta Post to talk about her latest film. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

Scheduled for release on Dec. 19, Habibie & Ainun 3 is the final installment of a trilogy immortalizing the heartfelt moments between Indonesia’s third president BJ Habibie and his wife Hasri Ainun Besari. The title of the film, however, does not give it the justice it deserves as some predict it will outshine its two predecessors in production quality, budget and viewership. The passing of Habibie, a plane engineer and technocrat, last Sept. 11 could be a factor into why people might flock to the theaters, but there are also other things worth noting about the film. One of these things is the storyline. The first film in the trilogy, Habibie & Ainun (2012), was made as an adaptation of a book of the same name written by the former president after the passing of Ainun in 2010. Habibie wrote it as a memento of their 48 years of marriage, including the years in wh...