• Teddy Soeriaatmadja, Lovely man © Iyas Lawrence
  • © Bayu Prihantoro Filemon
  • © Pritagita Arianegara
  • Sendiri Diana Sendiri (Following Diana) © Kamila Andini
  • © Riri Riza
  • © Jay Subiakto

Film Programma Indonesian Film Festival

In januari verwelkomt Vendôme (Brussel) een retrospectief festival van de Indonesische film van de voorbije twintig jaar, met niet minder dan 51 films en 10 genodigden. De openingsfilm Opera Jawa wordt voorgesteld in BOZAR in aanwezigheid van regisseur Garin Nugroho.

Requiem for Java (Opera Jawa)

Requiem for Java (Opera Jawa) The story told in Opera Jawa is based on the abduction of Sinta, from the Indonesian version of the ancient Hindu epic Ramayana. Sinta is the wife of Prince Rama, the hero of the Ramayana, and the story recounts his struggle against the forces of evil to gain Sinta’s release. met gast

Lovely Man

Lovely Man Preceded by the short film "The Fox Exploits the Tiger's Might"A transvestite sex worker, Saiful, is confronted by the Muslim-raised teenage daughter he abandoned. Angrily dismissing the girl at first Saiful gradually opens up and reveals harsh truths about his marriage and utter lack of shame about his profession. met gast

A Poet (Puisi Tak Terkuburkan)

A Poet (Puisi Tak Terkuburkan) Preceded by the short film "It's not Raining Outside"A Poet tells the true story of the didong (a style of ballad) poet Ibrahim Kadir. He was in prison and was present during the mass killings of an estimated 500,000 suspected communists when Indonesian President Suharto came to power in 1965. His humanistic poems recreate (...) met gast

Solo Solitude (Istirahatlah Kata-Kata)

Solo Solitude (Istirahatlah Kata-Kata) Preceded by the short film Rising from Silence (Bangkit dari Bisu)The Suharto regime has been holding power in Indonesia for over 30 years, shutting down democracy time and time again. Highly critical of the regime and unafraid to speak his mind, Wiji Thukul is a poet whose words are often yelled proudly by the crowd during (...)

About a Woman

About a Woman Preceded by the short film Following Diana (Sendiri Diana Sendiri)Dayu, 64, is an aging widow who has been living on her own for the past fifteen years. After the departure of a housemaid who has been working for her for many years, Dayu hires a 17-year-old boy as a house cleaner. met gast


Siti Preceded by the short film Seclusion (Pingitan)Siti, a young mother, has to find ways and means to care for her boy, her husband and her mother-in-law. By day, she sells snacks; by night, she works as a karaoke guide. Tainted by her nighttime employment, Siti finds her husband no longer wishes to speak to her.

Stepping on the Flying Grass (Cita-Citaku Setinggi Tanah)

Stepping on the Flying Grass (Cita-Citaku Setinggi Tanah) Assigned by their teacher to write an essay about their most cherished dream, four young friends in rural Indonesia each take a different approach to their assignment. +8

De Regenboogbende (Laskar Pelangi)

De Regenboogbende (Laskar Pelangi) A group of young students, who call themselves the Rainbow Troops, are confronted with many challenges, like the imminent closing of their school. +8 | met gast

Eye Lashes (Bulu Mata)

Eye Lashes (Bulu Mata) Preceded by the short film 12 Wives (12 Istri)What does it mean to be an LGBT in a Muslim state? The documentary follows two transgender women living in Aceh as they strive for acceptance.

Mother (Emma')

Mother (Emma') Preceded by the short film In-Betweeness (Calalai)This film tells the story of a rich family in 1960’s South Sulawesi where polygamy is the norm at the time. Athirah is a housewife who lives happily with her husband and children. But her life turns upside down when it’s discovered that her husband has married another (...) met gast


Turah Preceded by the short film After A Third of Night (Lewat Sepertiga Malam)The residents of Kampung Tirang live in dilapidated shacks just to earn for their next meal. The hardworking and reliable Turah has been appointed by the cooperative leader to tend to complaints or settle conflicts that arise in the village.

De dromer (Sang Pemimpi)

De dromer (Sang Pemimpi) The Dreamer is a sequel to The Rainbow Troops. It takes the audience through the adolescent years of Ikal, as well as his cousin Arai and his friend Jimbron. In order to continue their education, the boys must leave their village for the port city of Manggar—dozens of kilometers away from their families. +10 | met gast

Banda the Dark Forgotten Trail

Banda the Dark Forgotten Trail In medieval centuries, a handful of nutmegs worth more than a crate of gold in European Markets. Monopoly of the Arab and the crusade wars brought European countries in the race to find spice islands, which later sparked the clash of nations.

Atambua 39° Celcius

Atambua 39° Celcius A father, a son and a stranger cross path in a place where the heat of the sun can either burn or warm old wounds. met gast


Kuldesak Kuldesak is an omnibus film on the lives and problems of young urbans of the 90s in Jakarta. It is a mixture of comedy, drama and action. The film mainly deals with how one struggles to achieve one’s dream or happiness and confronts changes of values in a modern city dwelling. met gast


Nokas Preceded by the short films The Dancer (Sang Penari) & SerpongNokas (27) from East Nusa Tenggara, is very much keen on marrying his beloved Ci, a pretty young woman who works in a chicken farm. In East Nusa Tenggara, men are obliged to offer a significant dowry to the bride’s family.

Pesantren: 3 Wishes 3 Loves (3 Doa 3 Cinta)

Pesantren: 3 Wishes 3 Loves (3 Doa 3 Cinta) Three teenagers Huda, Rian, and Syahid attend a pesantren (Islamic religious school) in a small Indonesian village. With only a month left before graduation their lives change dramatically when they are suddenly arrested on suspicions of terrorist ties following September 11, 2001. met gast

The Bridge between Hell and Paradise (Titian Rambut Dibelah Tujuh)

The Bridge between Hell and Paradise (Titian Rambut Dibelah Tujuh) Preceded by the short film On the Origin of FearA teacher finds the village he is about to move to somewhat strange. He meets a pilgrim who says that the lives of villagers are like kites flying without strings.


Fiksi. Traumatized by the violent, long-ago death of her mother and ignored by her distant father, 20-year-old Alisha spends her days cooped up at home, playing the cello and dreaming of a normal life.

Postcards from the Zoo (Kebun binatang)

Postcards from the Zoo (Kebun binatang) The zoo – a place of yearning. The zoo animals are yearning for freedom and many of the visitors long for adventure and the call of the wild. In the midst of it all is Lana, who is enchanted by the zoo ever since she was a little girl.

A Copy of My Mind

A Copy of My Mind Set in Jakarta, film tells the story of young couple who fall in love but end up in trouble when the woman steals a DVD from a client. The film explores the difficulties faced by those living in a city marred by political corruption.

Tales of the Other Words (Ziarah)

Tales of the Other Words (Ziarah) Preceded by the short film Kami Hanya Menjalankan Perintah JenderalMbah Sri (95 years old) is looking for the grave of her husband, who has been missing for decades, with one simple aim: to rest in peace beside him.

Tale of the Madangkara's Knight (Saur Sepuh: Satria Madangkara)

Tale of the Madangkara's Knight (Saur Sepuh: Satria Madangkara) Set at the end of the Majapahit era, Bre Wirabhumi, son of Hayamwuruk, but born from a concubine, demands his right to be king of Majapahit. The kingdom is then ruled by Wikramawardhana, son-in-law of Hayamwuruk. met gast

Sardono W Kusumo

Sardono W Kusumo I Dance with My Camera on my FingerDeze documentaire laat de man zien achter de legendarische choreograaf en cineast Sardono, op basis van archieffragmenten en eigen experimentele kortfilms.


Salawaku In a seaside village in the Moluccas, 10-year-old Salawaku leaves home to find his sister Binaiya, who has disappeared. He meets 20-year-old Saras from Jakarta, and they begin travelling together. Saras has left her hometown for the same reason as Binaiya. +8

Fishing Platform (Jermal)

Fishing Platform (Jermal) Preceded by the short film Waiting to Arrive (Nunggu Teka)After his mother's death, 12-year-old Jaya is sent to his father, Johar, who works as a supervisor on a jermal (a fishing platform perched on log stilts in the middle of the sea). Johar is shocked, never knowing he has a son, and rejects the boy as his kin. +10

Tabula Rasa

Tabula Rasa Scouted in a small island of Serui in Papua, nineteen year-old Hans leaves the orphanage he calls home for Jakarta to become a professional football player. Yet an accident prevents his childhood dream from becoming a reality. A failed suicide attempt brings him to an encounter with Mak, owner of a simple Padang restaurant. (...)

Three Maidens (Tiga Dara)

Three Maidens (Tiga Dara) The film follows three sisters who live with their father and grandmother. When the eldest sister, Nunung, shows no interest in marrying, her family tries unsuccessfully to find a husband for her. Nunung initially rejects the advances of a young man named Toto, who instead dates her younger sister.

At Stake (Pertaruhan)

At Stake (Pertaruhan) DOCUMENTARY. At Stake is a documentary anthology tackling taboo issues that many women are facing in the world's most populous Islamic country, Indonesia. Topics range from female genital mutilation to the conflict that arises when unmarried women want to go to the gynecologist. met gast

In the Absence of the Sun (Selamat Pagi Malam)

In the Absence of the Sun (Selamat Pagi Malam) A story of 3 different women in different age, dealing with sexuality and secrets that intertwined in one night.

Love For Share (Berbagi Suami)

Love For Share (Berbagi Suami) The film brings together three women (in three different stories) from three different social classes and ethnic backgrounds, conveying their passages in dealing with polygamy. met gast

Crescent Moon (Mencari Hilal)

Crescent Moon (Mencari Hilal) Preceded by MaryamA journey of father and son, Mahmud, an Islamic conservative, and Heli, a young liberal, are pushed to travel together in search of hilal, the very first new crescent moon, which also defines their new opportunity to have a better relationship. Screened in Tokyo International Film Festival.

Chants of Lotus (Perempuan Punya Cerita)

Chants of Lotus (Perempuan Punya Cerita) This is an omnibus film by women directors is a film about sexuality with the goal of giving Indonesian woman a right to voice their opinions, Chants Of Lotus tells the stories from a feminine point of view in different geographical and social contexts in Indonesia. met gast

The Land Beneath the Fog (Negeri Di Bawah Kabut)

The Land Beneath the Fog (Negeri Di Bawah Kabut) DOCUMENTARY. In Genikan, a remote mountain village on the Merbabu slope (Central Java), a quiet community is facing change without understanding why it's happening. As a community of farmers who rely heavily on the traditional Javanese calendar to plant crops become puzzled by the dramatic change of seasons.

Mama’s Soil (Tana Mama)

Mama’s Soil (Tana Mama) Preceded by the short film MemoriaDOCUMENTARY. A husband's job is to clear-up the land. A wife’s job is to plant the soil. The whole family in Papua eat from what the mother plant. This film follow the journey of Mama Halosina in trying to feed their children after her husband no longer provide them (...) met gast

After 15 Years... (Setelah 15 Tahun...)

After 15 Years... (Setelah 15 Tahun...) Preceded by Dear My Homeland (Saudara Dalam Sejarah)DOCUMENTARY. 15 years after reformation movement that toppled down Soeharto in 1998. Is Indonesia now better compare to New Regime time of Soeharto?