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Jakarta Post

Hanung Bramantyo: Hitting the right marks

  • Evi Mariani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, March 23 2008   /  03:06 pm
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(JP/P.J. Leo) Throughout his career, movie director Hanung Bramantyo has tried going to the left, to the right, and in between. He flirted with the ideology of the left when he inserted the character of the ghost of a victim of the anti-communist massacre of 1965 in Lentera Merah (Red Lantern, 2006). He has also made six other movies that don't necessarily carry any particular ideology. However, his path to the right has so far given him the most audience and the most media coverage. His latest film Ayat-ayat Cinta (Verses of Love) is one of the biggest selling movies to hit the country in recent years. "Today, the ninth day it's been screened, 1.5 million tickets have been sold to Ayat-ayat Cinta," Hanung told The Jakarta Post. Ayat-ayat Cinta premiered in a special showing on Feb. 21, hitting the cinemas a week later on Feb. 28. Pre...