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Jakarta Post

Indonesian film industry meets challenges and glory during pandemic

  • Permata Adinda


Jakarta   /   Sat, February 27 2021   /  01:00 am
Films like 'Generasi 90an: Melankolia' struggles to find an audience during the pandemic(Courtesy of Visinema Pictures/Visinema Pictures)

I remember how lucky I felt managing to get tickets to see the independent Indonesian film The Science of Fictions at its national premier at the Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival (JAFF) in 2019, People were fighting over tickets like it was a holiday blockbuster. The 200-seat capacity studio was packed, and as the film started, people were still queuing outside, hoping for canceled tickets. The enthusiasm was not surprising. People were curious to see the film, since it had won prestigious international awards before premiering in Indonesia. Yosep “Anggi” Noen had already garnered a lot of attention. His artistic approach—the non-straightforward narrative, slow-paced and minimal dialogue—was celebrated by an audience looking for an approach beyond the mainstream formula. His previous feature film, Solo, Solitude (2016), based on the life of poet-activist ...