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Jakarta Post

‘Parasite’ inspires Indonesian filmmakers eyeing global stage

  • Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 14 2020   /  12:39 am

The historic success of South Korean dark comedy thriller Parasite did not start in a vacuum. Its sweeping victory at the Oscars was a result of the country's decades of effort to cultivate a formidable film industry and enter the international market.Indonesian film producer Meiske Taurisia of Palari Films, whose productions have had global commercial releases pointed out that coming up with a second Parasite would not be an easy feat — yet not impossible.“It takes a whole village,” she told The Jakarta Post in a recent interview. “The Parasite phenomenon is an anomaly, but it gives a lot of filmmakers here hope. But the hopeful should do our homework first as there’s a lot to be done.”In hindsight, Parasite took a nation. South Korean filmmaking started to flourish after the lift of film censorship in 1996, followed by the government’s decision to invest in...