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Jakarta Post

A vibrant year for the film industry

  • Triwik Kurniasari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, December 18 2011   /  12:18 pm

The Mirror Never Lies. JP/SET Film/WWFHollywood films were nowhere to be seen at local cineplex movie theaters for months, while the Indonesian Film Festival got a facelift and Piala Vidia was back after missing for five years.

For movie enthusiasts, one of the most shocking events this year was the absence of imported movies from Indonesian cinemas around midyear, following a dispute between the government and film distributors over taxation.

Moviegoers across the country missed their chance to enjoy Academy Award nominated films, such as Black Swan with Natalie Portman, and True Grit with Jeff Bridges.

Local importers that had exclusive rights to import Hollywood blockbusters from the Motion Picture Association (MPA) began to stop importing films in January while they were working to resolve the Rp 300 billion (US$35.09 million) tax issue in the form of unpaid ro...