Mark your calendars for the official lineup of the 15th Indonesian Film Festival's Online Screening event. Running from 13-18 April 2021, it's going to be an emotional ride with films that have been thoughtfully handpicked to best represent this year's theme - Beyond the Digital Screenscape. The full program can be found on the website, from where you'll purchase the tickets.
Stick around for IFFAustralia's exclusive Q&A sessions with representatives of these movie gems who'll discuss current film industry trends. The guest lineup includes renowned movie directors, actors and other influential guests. You'll hear untold stories within the film industry, plus you'll be facilitated to interact with the guests during these live sessions. The talk show will be split into two sessions, with three guest stars per session. Some of the guests for the short films have already been announced on Facebook (post dated 24 Mar), so be sure to ★follow IFFAustralia's socials to keep up to date with future announcements. Check back frequently.
Kicking off the Film Festival on Tue 13 April is Abracadabra, and you guessed it, it is magical, but not how you may have thought. This is where the magician Lukman makes a little boy disappear through an old wooden box, but it turns out he cannot make him reappear on stage! There are stories suggesting the very box was used by a magician from the 1940s to save people from the concentration camp in Auschwitz, when he teleported them through the box. It seems this is the magic box that keeps on giving, so be sure to follow the story, to find out its magical end.
Up next on Wed 14 April is Negeri Dongeng. Seven young Indonesian filmmakers climb the seven highest mountain peaks in the archipelago together with their seven cameras. An exploration of land, sea and air that showcases why Indonesia is so rich and vast; but it's only at the end that you'll find out the true meaning of the journey.
Thu 15 April sees the restored version of Catatan Si Boy 1. A student from a rich family has a relationship with a girl from college, but the couple's love is opposed by her parents. This 1987 film was so successful, it spawned five sequels, including a remake in 2016.
Second last feature film Generasi 90an: Melankolia on Fri 16 April is definitely an emotional one. Abby always looked up to his beloved sister Indah. However, tragedy struck and he lost her in a plane crash. Struggling with grief, he migrates towards her best friend Sephia. However, the question is, will Sephia's presence help Abby to let go of his sister or will it drive him to lose himself instead?
The last feature film on Sat 17 April - Rumah dan Musim Hujan (One Day When the Rain Falls) is a generational story of one Indonesian family, set in three chapters. In each segment, a family member plays the protagonist, revealing contradictions between faith, generations and views of the future.
The last day of the Festival - Sunday 18 April brings the Short Movie Collection comprising of three stories. One is a silent film about a mortuary cosmetologist who takes on a job from a mother to make-up the corpse of her child whose life was cut short in an accident. In another story, a desperate father looks for an antidote for his son's incurable illness. Possessing the gift of seeing spirits, he looks for 7 sacrifices, using a legendary belief that the "pulung gantung" light will guide him to his next sacrificial victim. Third in the trio of short films is of a holiday season like no other. When hotel owners order Marwan and his team to capture all those with mental disorders roaming the streets, to dispose of them in nearby forests so as not to disturb the tourist industry - Marwan has other plans in mind.
There's certainly a lot of intriguing films at the Festival to catch your interest. Start booking so as not to be disappointed, and get a glimpse of important issues, and ventures that deliver a high amount of cultural, educational and entertainment value suited to all ages; local and international audiences alike.