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Jakarta Post

Sailing on a paper boat

  • Indah Setiawati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, August 12 2012   /  12:11 pm

Many fans of singer turned writer Dewi “Dee” Lestari have been anticipating the screening of the film Perahu Kertas (Paper Boat), which is adapted from her novel bearing the same title.

Now they can unleash their curiosity as director Hanung Bramantyo has visualized the story and characters in the 444-page book on the silver screen.

The award winning director is mostly known for adapting the Islamic novel Ayat-ayat Cinta (Verses of Love) by Habiburrahman El Shirazy into a blockbuster movie that could even prompt President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to tears. His other films based on novels are Jomblo (Single) and Perempuan Berkalung Sorban (The Woman with the Headscarf).

We may think that it’s easy for him to adapt another novel to the silver screen. Or, is it?

Hanung said he was just a medium who breathed life into the characters and locations that exi...