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Award-winning Indonesian movies to be screened at M Bloc

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sun, September 6, 2020  /  03:23 pm
Award-winning Indonesian movies to be screened at M Bloc

M Bloc Space creative complex in South Jakarta. (Shutterstock/wiyonoprojo)

Four Indonesian movies are set to be screened at creative complex M Bloc in South Jakarta.

The “FFI Layar Tancep at M Bloc Space” event is held to mark the space’s first anniversary in collaboration with the 2020 Indonesian Film Festival (FFI) and the Indonesian Open-Air Cinema Association (PLTI).

With the format of layer tancep (traditional movie screening), the event will feature one movie each Sunday in September. The movies were selected based on their having being nominated or won awards at the festival.

Free tickets are available to reserve on every Friday at 5 p.m. Each screening can only accommodate 40 people.

M Bloc applies strict health rules for moviegoers, including temperature checks and requiring that people wash their hands with soap. Visitors will be required to maintain 1 meter between each other, wear a face mask at all times and stay in their seat until the film ends.

“In this challenging time with movie theaters remaining closed, a screening of some of Indonesia's best movies through this program is like an oasis in a desert,” M Bloc Space program director Wendi Putranto said in a statement. “We are proud to be able to collaborate with the Indonesian Film Festival as the most prestigious and oldest award institution in the country’s film industry.”

Read also: Expanded M Bloc Space to open in 2021

The four movies to be screened are:

1. Yang Muda Yang Bercinta (Young and In Love, 1977). Helmed by acclaimed director Sjuman Djaya and starring renowned poet WS Rendra and actor Yati Octavia, it revolves around a university student on the search for his identity. At the 1978 FFI, Nani Widjaja was named Best Supporting Actress for her role in the movie. Yang Muda Yang Bercinta will be screened on Sept. 6 at 8 p.m.

2. Nada dan Dakwah (Melody and Dakwah, 1991). A land dispute meets with morality. The film received seven nominations at the 1992 FFI, including Best Picture and Best Director for Chaerul Umam. Lead actor Rhoma Irama and popular preacher KH Zainuddin MZ were nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively. Nada dan Dakwah won Best Screenplay and Best Sound Editing at the festival. It will be screened on Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.

3. Gie (2005). Featuring Nicholas Saputra, Wulan Guritno and Lukman Sardi, the movie is based on the life of young activist and writer Soe Hok Gie in the 1960s. Gie was known as an uncompromising idealist who later found himself left out by his peers and the world. With 11 nominations at the 2005 FFI, the movie was named Best Picture while lead actor Nicholas won Best Actor. Gie will be screened on Sept. 20 at 8 p.m.  

4. Jagad X Code (2009). Directed by Herwin Novianto, the movie tells the story of three young men living in Kali Code village of Yogyakarta and pursuing their dreams. Their lives change upon meeting a thug who promises them money for something in return. The movie received two nominations at the 2009 FFI, namely Best Screenplay by Armantono and Best Original Music Score by the late Djaduk Ferianto. The movie will be screened on Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. (wng)

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