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Jakarta Post

‘Setan Jawa’ A celebration of image & sound

  • Katrin Figge


Jakarta   /   Fri, October 12 2018   /  03:26 am

Fresh touch: Garin Nugroho’s silent film, Setan Jawa (The Javanese Devil), is screened with a live orchestra in Berlin.The first black-and-white silent film by celebrated Indonesian director and producer Garin Nugroho, Setan Jawa (The Javanese Devil), was screened in Germany, accompanied by the Garasi Seni Benawa gamelan orchestra and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Setio, a young poor man, falls in love with Asih, a beautiful aristocrat, but the woman’s family rejects his marriage proposal because of his lowly status. Despairing, he makes a deal with the devil so he can spend the rest of his life with the woman he loves, but his pact comes at a high price.This is the premise of Garin Nugroho’s stunning silent film Setan Jawa, set in the early 20th century when Indonesia was still under Dutch colonial rule. The film was recently screened in Berlin to the live accompaniment of ...