Since establishment in 2006, the Indonesian Film Festival (IFF) has grown and is the most prominent celebration of Indonesian cinema in Australia. In its 14th year, 2019 showcases a range of eclectic, commercial and art house cinema. It promotes cultural and educational events with entertainment that's suited to all ages. It brings awareness of Indonesian cultural diversity and advances the exposure of Indonesian screen culture to the international market.
The festival runs from 22 March to 10 April 2019 and all main event screenings (5-10 April) are at ACMI,Federation Square, Cnr Flinders and Swanston Streets, Melbourne CBD. IFF's project manager and special guests will take the opportunity to greet attendees, plus there are Q&A sessions, panel discussions and more.
The festival kicks off with a free screening of Under The Starson 22 March 2019. It's accompanied by a live performance; a local pop-acoustic band.
Through The Lens is next on 28 March and will screen the Short Film Competition Winner, complete with special guest and a panel of experts. The 4th Wall on 4 April is an in-dept and up-close dialogue about the filmmaking process and workings of the Indonesian Film Industry. Save yourself a few dollars and get a bundled ticket to attend both the amazing aforementioned events.
Primary and secondary aged students, schools and teachers have a special Educational Screening event on Monday 1 April 2019 from 10am to 12.45pm and on 4 April 2019 at the same time, also at ACMI. It comes with classroom resources that encourages interaction with Indonesian culture. Koki-Koki Cilik is about young Bima, a poor fatherless boy who dreams about and strives to win the prestigious Cooking Camp Championship. Heart warming and with lessons to learn about the importance of friendship, generosity and being true to oneself.
Foxtrot Six - an Action, Sci-fi, drama directed by Randy Korompis and starring Oka Antara, Verdi Solaiman, Chicco Jerikho, Rio Dewanto, Arifin Putra, Mike Lewis, Miller Khan, Edward Akbar, and Julie Estelle. A former marine and his friends struggle to save their country from a ruthless party leader.
Keluarga Cemara - A heartwarming drama originating from the short stories written by renown author and journalist Arswendo Atmowiloto in Hai magazine in the 1980s. Directed by Yandy Laurens and starring Ringgo Agus Rahman, Nirina Zubir, Adhisty Zara, and Widuri Sasono, it reflects on the dynamics of rural and urban relationships. A family is tricked and evicted from their home and forced to leave Jakarta to start a new life in a tiny rural village in West Java. They face conflicts and struggles adapting to their new life of poverty which forces them to re-evaluate what IS valuable.
Night Bus - a drama, thriller, action directed by Emil Heradj and starring Yayu Unru, Teuku Rifnu Wikana, Hana Prinantina, Edward Akbar, Alex Abbad, Lukman Sardi, Tio Pakusadewo, and Donny Alamsyah. A bus ride to Sampar by a group of civilians, to a town filled with natural resources. It's heavily guarded by the state army who are fighting against the rebel militias who want freedom over their homeland.
Terbang Menembus Langit - a drama directed by Fajar Nugros and starring Dion Wiyoko, Laura Basuki, and Baim Wong. Onggy is born to a simple family but that doesn't stop him from dreaming big. He chases his ambition outside Borneo, however the road to success does not run smoothly. That's until he accidentally runs into Candra who becomes the love of his life. Together they refuse to give up in the pursuit of their dreams.
Ave Maryam - a drama, romance directed by Robby Ertanto Soediskam and starring Joko Anwar, Chicco Jerikho, Tutie Kirana, Maudy Koesnadi, and Olga Lydia. Set in Ambarawa in 1998, it follows the story of Maryam, a catholic nun who falls in love with pastor Yosef. She wrestles to choose between staying true to her vows, or abandoning her obligations to be with the man she loves.
Turah - a drama directed by Wicaksono Wisnu Legowo, and starring Ubaidillah, Slamet Ambari, Yono Daryono, Rudi Iteng, Firman Hadi, Narti Diono, and Bontot Sukandar . Turah, a hard working and reliable person has been appointed by the cooperative leader to attend to complaints and settle conflicts arising in the village of Kampung Tirang. Its residents live in a dilapidated state, working at earning their next meal. Peace in the village is disrupted when Jadag an alcoholic questions its governance. His accusations soon land both Turah and the whole village into further turmoil.
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