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Jakarta Post

From masterpiece to teen flick

Jakarta   /   Sun, August 28 2011   /  08:00 am

Hanny R. Saputra, previously known for Virgin ( 2004 ) and Heart ( 2006 ), has released his tenth feature film — Di Bawah Lindungan Ka’bah (Under Protection of the Kaaba), an adaptation of Indonesian novel of the same title by Hamka.

In the film, Herjunot Ali plays Hamid, a heavy-burdened spirit who falls in love with Zainab (Laudya Cynthia Bella), the daughter of Engku Jafar (Didi Petet), a village tycoon and the boss of Hamid and his mother.

Di Bawah Lindungan Ka’bah was previously adapted for the screen by the late Asrul Sani as Para Perintis Kemerdekaan (Independence Day Pioneers) in 1977.

Both films differ from the source novel, encompassing dramatically different narrative visions and modes of storytelling. Hanny’s adaptation, however, uses only the novel’s opening and closing.

The film begins in Padang, West Sumatra, in the early years of t...