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Pramoedya’s big name piques interest in latest local movies

  • Josa Lukman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 23 2019   /  12:31 am
On screen: A visitor looks at a Bumi Manusia (This Earth of Mankind) movie poster at a cinema in Jakarta. The movie, which is an adaptation of Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s novel, is being shown in cinemas across the country.(JP/Syelanita)(This Earth of Mankind) movie poster at a cinema in Jakarta. The movie, which is an adaptation of Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s novel, is being shown in cinemas across the country.(JP/Syelanita)

On screen: A visitor looks at a Bumi Manusia (This Earth of Mankind) movie poster at a cinema in Jakarta. The movie, which is an adaptation of Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s novel, is being shown in cinemas across the country.(JP/Syelanita)Pramoedya Ananta Toer is perhaps Indonesia’s most venerated writer, with a slew of titles, awards and even Nobel Prize nominations under his name.

While his books are well established in Indonesia’s collective consciousness, this August could very well be described as the month of Pramoedya, with the release of two movie adaptations of his two titles — Bumi Manusia (This Earth of Mankind) directed by Hanung Bramantyo and Perburuan (The Fugitive) by Richard Oh.

Produced by Falcon Pictures, the two adaptations saw simultaneous premieres in Surabaya, East Java, earlier this month, before hitting theaters nationwide on Aug. 15.

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