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Mira Lesmana: Living in the movies

  • by Kharishar Khafi Hotli Simanjuntak
Jakarta   /   Mon, February 18 2008   /  01:16 pm

A household name in the country's film industry, Jakarta Arts Institute (IKJ) graduate Mira Lesmana seems to have eyes for picking angles for her films. The years the Indonesia film industry was in a deep sleep, she directed Kuldesak in 1999 and in 2000 produced children's movie Petualangan Sherina (Sherina's Adventure) and teen flick Ada Apa dengan Cinta? (What's up with Cinta) in 2002. In short, Mira helped bring back the industry from the verge of death. Working with the right directors and film crews, Mira produces films that do not only enjoy success at home, but also victories at overseas film festivals, such as Eliana, Eliana, Gie, and 3 Days to Forever. The daughter of famed jazz musician the late Jack Lesmana is married to actor Mathias Muchus. They have three sons. Lately, she has made headlines not only for her films. With several other filmmakers, she foun...