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Jakarta Post

A breath of fresh air to the film scene

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung   /   Sun, May 15 2011   /  08:00 am

The Bandung Film Festival dares to be different, picking Hanung Bramantyo’s historical movie
Sang Pencerah (The Enlightener), a movie about Muhammadiyah founder Ahmad Dahlan, as the best film.

The historical film, produced with a mega-budget of Rp 12 billion (US$1.4 million) for reconstructing 19th century
Yogyakarta – touching up old buildings and creating traditional Javanese costumes, was the topic of controversy, as it was shockingly excluded from the nominees at the 2010 Indonesian Film Festival (FFI).

The 24th Bandung Film Festival, held on May 6 at Bandung’s Horizon Hotel, honored the film, which was passed over in the FFI nominations reportedly for only presenting important events as experienced by Ahmad Dahlan but not other visions or interpretations.

Bandung Film Festival chairman Eddy D Iskandar said that ever since it was first held 1987, t...