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'Gundala' nominated in Asian Film Awards 2020

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Wed, September 16, 2020  /  05:59 pm
'Gundala' nominated in Asian Film Awards 2020

Abimana Aryasatya as Sancaka in the superhero movie 'Gundala'. (Screenplay Films on YouTube/File)

Superhero movie Gundala is the sole Indonesian nomination in this year's Asian Film Awards.

The movie has been nominated in the Best Production Design category, alongside Parasite (South Korea), Gully Boy (India), The Wandering Earth (China) and So Long, My Son (China).

Bong Joon-ho’s award-winning Parasite leads the nominations with 10 nods, including Best Picture and Best Director.

The Asian Film Awards is hosted by the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and will take place in October in in Busan, South Korea. It will be the first time the award has been held outside of Hong Kong or Macau.

On Monday, the organizer said that BIFF would be reduced to a fraction of its usual scale with several sections moved online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival was initially scheduled to run in early October but has been pushed back to Oct. 21 to 30.

Read also: Joko Anwar’s 'Gundala' to be released in France as 'Red Storm'

Released in August 2019, Gundala is the first installment of the Bumilangit Cinematic Universe. Written and directed by Joko Anwar, the film is an adaptation from the 1960s comic book series by Harya “Hasmi” Suryaminata. The film follows the story of lead character Sancaka on his journey to find himself and who later becomes a superhero with thunder as his power.

The movie stars Abimana Aryasatya as Sancaka, alongside Tara Basro, Bront Palarae, Ario Bayu, Lukman Sari and Cecep Arif Rahman, among others.

Gundala had its international premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 11, 2019 and received positive reviews from the audience, as well as critical praise for Abimana’s performance, Joko’s direction, visual effects, costume design and originality. It also achieved commercial success, attracting more than 1 million moviegoers in the seven days after it hit local cinemas. (gis/wng)

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