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'Memories of My Body' collects nominations despite bans

  • Gisela Swaragita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 16 2019   /  12:32 am
Lost in the maize: A man wearing a mask dances in a corn field in a scene from the movie Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku directed by Garin Nugroho.(Courtesy of Fourcolours Films)

Lost in the maize: A man wearing a mask dances in a corn field in a scene from the movie Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku directed by Garin Nugroho.(Courtesy of Fourcolours Films)Film critics and queer activists have praised Garin Nugroho’s Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku (Memories of My Body), which received a total of 12 nominations in the 2019 Indonesian Film Festival's (FFI) Piala Citra award. It is nominated in the Best Feature-Length Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor categories, among others.Muhammad Khan, who plays the lead protagonist in the film, is competing in the Best Actor category.Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku had a rocky journey to the Piala Citra awards, as it was banned in several regions, including Depok in West Java and Palembang in South Sumatra, because of its allegedly homoerotic nature. Despite the backlash, the film was chosen in September to represent Indonesia a...