Galih Dan Ratna (2017), which was directed by Lucky Kuswandi, will be screening on Saturday 14 April 2018 from 6pm to 10pm, at the open-air cinema at Motel Baja Courtyard, Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St, Melbourne. This teen rom-com is a modern take on a classic Indonesian story about two teenage students trying to find themselves. Presented in partnership with IFF, in collaboration with The University of Melbourne Indonesian Student Association, head for this FREE EVENT and enjoy the screening under the stars. There'll be a few fun things to do on the night like, traditional games, music, Indonesian snacks and fun photo booth.
Under The Stars is not the only pre-event at this film festival. There are 2 others, one of which is a short film showcase and an expert panel discussion at the Through The Lens event on Thursday 19 April 2018 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm at Discursive Space, Arts West 553, University of Melbourne. Speakers for the event are Professor Ariel Heryanto (Indonesian screen culture expert) and Sandra Sciberras (Filmmaker and Melbourne University lecturer). This is a ticketed event at a cost of $10 per ticket; as is the 3rd event, 4th Wall - $10 tickets. You could bundle both events and get it at a discount price of $15.
Through The Lens will screen 4 short film, one of which is the IFF Short Film Competition winner Tembus (Win), which is a comical look at the working class obsession with lottery gambling. The Malediction is about traditional Islamic male dominance vs female resistance, both real and from Indonesia's pre-Islamic mythological past. On the Origin of Fear depicts the making of the notorious propaganda film Pengkhianatan G30S/PKI, as a voice-over artist dubs both the roles of the torturer and the victim. Pria (Male) - a gay Muslim teen struggles with the conflicting notions of tradition, duty and his own personal ideas of happiness.
4th Wall on Friday 27 April 2018 at 6pm is at Navanti Holdings, Level 11, 580 Collins St, Melbourne. It's a fun and engaging live talk show style event with guest filmmakers Jay Subyakto (Banda: The Dark Forgotten Trail), Ayu Laksmi (Satan's Slaves) and Karina Salim (Salawaku). They chat about their careers and the Indonesian film industry in general. Please note that this event is presented largely in the Indonesian language.
Meanwhile, look forward to the upcoming 13th Annual IFF 2018 and start your itinerary of all the films you're going to enjoy! Book early so as not to miss out at this popular event and stay in touch with the Facebook page for updates.