From book to film: Author Eka Kurniawan (left) joins a discussion on the film adaptation of his short story, Tak Ada Yang Gila di Kota Ini (No One is Crazy in This City), by film director Wregas Bhanuteja. (A.Kurniawan Ulung)Award-winning Indonesian author Eka Kurniawan and filmmaker Wregas Bhanuteja have teamed up to turn the former’s short story Tak Ada yang Gila di Kota Ini (No One is Crazy in This Town) into a short film.
Wregas said he once harbored hopes of turning Eka’s horror short story Jimat Sero (Talisman) into a movie.
Jimat Sero — which tells a tale of a boy who gets a talisman from his friend to protect him from being bullied at school — is one of Wregas’ favorite short stories in the anthology Kumpulan Budak Setan (Devil’s Slaves Club).
Wregas, however, had to let this hope fade away after the short story, which Eka wrote nine years ago, g...