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Screen Shot: The ‘short’ story of Indonesian films

  • Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 6 2016   /  11:10 am

PrenjakFilmmaker Wregas Bhanuteja’s Prenjak (In the Year of Monkey), lasting 12 minutes and 42 seconds, made Indonesian film history this year for two reasons.

It is the first Indonesian film of any category that won an award at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, for one, while on the other hand it opened the eyes of people at home to international exposure of Indonesian short films. They have been regulars at many international film festivals, some by submission and many more by invitation, such as Lucky Kuswandi’s The Fox Exploits The Tiger’s Might that was shortlisted at last year’s Cannes International Critics’ Week.

Some of the titles include Sidi Saleh’s Maryam, focused on mental illness and religion, that triumphed at Berlinale in 2014, Kamila Andini’s Sendiri Diana Sendiri (Following Diana) on polygamy which premiered in Toronto last year, and Nia ...