The Jakarta Post
Widyawati poses during a press conference for a movie titled 'Mahasiswi Baru' (New Female Student) in Central Jakarta on April 23, 2019. (Kompas.com/Ira Gita)
Veteran Indonesian actress Widyawati has won an award at the annual Asia-Pacific Film Festival, which was held in Macau from Jan. 5 to 9.
The 69-year-old actress was recognized in the Best Supporting Actress category for her role in Farid Dermawan’s 2019 film Ambu.
“I'm grateful. This is an honor for an actress of my generation,” Widyawati said in a statement as quoted by tempo.co on Thursday.
In Ambu, Widyawati plays a mother of the Baduy tribe, a tribe in Banten that still maintains its traditional culture and is known to avoid modern influences from the outside world.
Ambu is one of two films sent by the Association of Indonesia Movie Production (PPFI) to represent Indonesia at the event.
The other film was Garin Nugroho’s Memories of My Body, which also brought home an award for Best Original Screenplay.
Widyawati is thought to be Indonesia’s oldest actress to have won such an award at the international level.
Among Widyawati’s previous iconic roles is her portrayal of Yuli in Pengantin Remaja (Teen Bride), the 1971 film that saw her acting alongside her late husband Sophan Sophiaan. (gis/kes)
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