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Jakarta Post

A redefining year for Indonesian cinema

  • Nauval Yazid


Jakarta   /   Mon, December 22 2008   /  11:05 am

By the time Saus Kacang (Peanut Sauce), a romantic comedy starring newlyweds Bunga Citra Lestari and her Malaysian husband Ashraf Sinclair, is released on Dec. 31, 2008, more than 90 Indonesian films will have been released in cinemas nationwide this year (at the time of writing, the number is at 84). In a year that began with the dramatic failure of Susahnya Jadi Perawan (It's Hard to Remain a Virgin) and art-house fare Mereka Bilang Saya Monyet! (They Say I'm a Monkey), we have seen Indonesian cinema near its pinnacle. This year had the most Indonesian films released in a decade -- and 10 times as many as in the first years of the new century. It has been the norm for the past couple of years for a multiplex cinema to be screening Indonesian films in every cinema hall, something that was unthinkable five years ago. If 2008 is to be remembered for anything, let it be...