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Jakarta Post

The art imitating life of Tio Pakusadewo

  • Tifa Asrianti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, May 30 2010   /  10:06 am

In a country where the film industry only favors the young and the beautiful, actor Tio Pakusadewo has already earned his own special place.JP/J.ADIGUNA Born in Jakarta 46 years ago, Irwan Susetyo “Tio” Pakusadewo started his movie career and received national recognition when he acted in Catatan Si Boy II (Boy’s Diary) released in 1988. He rose to superstar status when he played opposite Cut Rizki Theo in Cinta Dalam Sepotong Roti (Love in a Slice of Bread), 1990, which was directed by art-house director Garin Nugroho.Tio has been cast to play challenging roles in a number of films but he gained long-overdue recognition for his acting chops when he was awarded his first Citra award—the country’s equivalent of the Oscars — for his portrayal of Aria, an eccentric composer in Lagu Untuk Seruni (Song For Seruni), 1991.Tio’s acting career ground to a screeching halt in the earl...